August 3, 2006
New lawyer spotlight: Anthonio Fiore
~ written by Biru Chen, Columbus Bar Communications Intern
Attorney Tony Fiore has a contagious personality. After spending just a few minutes with this hardworking, yet very down-to-earth and personable man, it would be difficult for anyone not to catch his optimism and positive attitude. Fiore has a host of interests, and his combination of personal and career goals make for a rich and fulfilling life.
Fiore’s hardworking attitude began at a young age. He grew up working for his family’s small construction company. Then he met the challenge of attending Capital University’s evening law school program while also working full time at the Ohio Chamber of Commerce. Through the pressure of work and school, Fiore kept up his optimism and overcame all obstacles.
“Life is all about bumps in the road, it’s just a matter of how fast you go over the bump and how well you keep your car tuned up to get over the bumps and move on,” he said.
Today, Fiore is still working for the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, developing public policy in labor and employment law. His work includes workers’ compensation, unemployment compensation, general business regulatory issues, and reforms to Ohio’s civil justice system. He said he has been lobbying on these issues since he first joined the Ohio Chamber’s governmental affairs staff almost seven years ago.
“I joined the Chamber because I believe in our mission statement, ‘To establish, within the state of Ohio, a “business climate” that is conductive to economic vitality and growth so that both business and individual citizens can participate to the fullest in the fruits of a strong free enterprise economy,’” he said.
Fiore is very interested and dedicated to the causes he works for and said he can see himself continuing to work in the public policy and legal arena for the foreseeable future.
“Wherever my career leads, I plan to follow Abraham Lincoln’s lead, in that ‘I do the very best I know how – the very best I can; and I mean to keep on doing so until the end,’” he said.
To unwind, Fiore enjoys everything from running and working out to camping and fishing. But, he said he especially loves scuba diving.
“Diving, especially in the Caribbean, is an amazing experience because it’s my peaceful refuge away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life,” he said.
Fiore also likes to spend time working on home improvements and construction projects, similar to the jobs he used to do for his family’s business.
“Seeing a project that I’ve finished with a little sweat equity gives me a great sense of accomplishment,” he said.
Fiore puts sweat and effort into volunteer activities as well, such as the Race for the Cure event each year.
“I participate in various philanthropies that support many different causes, but primarily breast cancer research since it’s had such an impact on my friends and family,” he said.
Despite all the time commitment needed for work, community service and hobbies, Fiore still has two extra recreational goals in mind: to learn Chinese, and to become a small engine pilot before he turns forty. Fiore will never need to worry about having a dull moment.