COLUMBUS – Five Ohio attorneys received awards for distinguished service to the legal profession at the Ohio State Bar Association’s (OSBA) annual Council of Delegates meeting on April 27 at the OSBA, 1700 Lake Shore Drive in Columbus.
Among those honored were Ohio Senator Larry Obhof, who represents Bellville in the Ohio Legislature.
Obhof received the Lawyer Legislator Distinguished Service Award, presented to Ohio lawyers who also provide exceptional service as Ohio legislators. Obhof has represented the people of Ohio’s 22nd Senate District since 2011 and serves as president of the Ohio Senate for the 132nd General Assembly.
Obhof’s legislative priorities have focused on improving Ohio’s economy, including working with the OSBA on a comprehensive update to the statutes governing LLCs. Over the years, he has sponsored legislation on a wide range of issues including education, civil and criminal law, election administration, and taxation and has earned a reputation as a lawmaker willing to work across party lines. He has been an OSBA champion by sponsoring corporate law reforms and supporting increased funding for legal aid and indigent defense. A graduate of Yale Law School, he is of counsel at Squire Patton Boggs, focusing on complex litigation.
Also honored were:
Daniel Cook, of the Lorain area, who was presented with the Eugene R. Weir Award for Ethics and Professionalism which was established in 1998 to honor one lawyer who has worked to promote and uphold legal professionalism and ethics.
Former Ohio Attorney General Betty Montgomery receives the Nettie Cronise Lutes Award recognizing women lawyers who demonstrate a high level of professionalism and open doors for other women and girls.
Judge Luann Cooperrider and Judge Dean Wilson, both of Perry County, were presented with The Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation’s (OLAF) Presidential Award for Pro Bono Service, which was established by OLAF to recognize firms, organizations or individuals that have made outstanding efforts to improve access to justice through pro bono service.