February 10, 2006
Lloyd Fisher steps down as Columbus Bar Foundation counsel
~ written by Amy Koorn
As a World War II Veteran, former OSU cheerleader and Adjunct Professor of Law, Partner at Porter Wright Morris & Arthur and counsel for the Columbus Bar Foundation, Lloyd Fisher has consistently contributed to a cause beyond himself. This year marks his fifty sixth year in practice and to celebrate, Fisher has decided to kick back a little and cut out of work by four o'clock on most days. Fisher's decision to enter a semi-retired lifestyle means not only fewer hours at the office, but a changing of the guard for the Columbus Bar Foundation.
Fisher's successful career began from humble beginnings. With the memory for money that only a tax attorney has, Fisher recalled that his first year of tuition, room, and board at Ohio State cost a hefty three hundred fifty dollars. In 1943, Fisher, like so many others his age, was drafted to serve. Never willing to miss out on an opportunity, Fisher participated in a business law course offered by the Army even when he was stationed overseas. Upon his return to the States, he continued down the road that led to an accounting degree. Soon thereafter, he found himself as a law school student. The rest is history.
Throughout his tenure with the Foundation, Fisher has seen the organization grow. The Foundation, he explained, is an organization that aims to educate the community about what the legal system is, and how it operates and has accomplished this in large ways and small.
As counsel to the Foundation, Fisher advised the Trustees of the legal ramifications that proposed charitable donations may have. He had to ensure that activities the Foundation sponsored did not jeopardize the Foundation's tax exempt status. In addition, he reviewed the financial structure of Foundation gifs and the corporate documents for compliance with taxation regulations. In short, he maintained the charitable nature of the organization.
But now that Fisher has decided to put a little less emphasis on work, he hopes to travel. His journeys will most likely lead him west, to peer into the great gulf of the Grand Canyon. The desert scenes should offer him plenty of opportunity to practice his passion for photography, whether the photos are shot on his tried and true 35 mm camera, or his twenty-first century digital device.
Thank you for your service, Lloyd.