December 21, 2007
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Nelson E Genshaft
Why did you decide to become an attorney?
I have always been proud to be a lawyer. I probably got that from my father. He attended a YMCA law school in Canton, Ohio at night while working at a meat packing plant by day. My father earned his law degree, but never got to practice law because of family and business responsibilities. Early on the message to me was clear - practicing the law is a privilege. I also liked the idea of being consulted by people to advise them on the law, since compliance with the law affects all people and all aspects of society.
What experiences help you to be a better attorney?
I have learned from many older lawyers who have been mentors to me, making me realize how important it is to listen to a client and understand what they are experiencing. I have also learned from my three children. My son, his wife, and my oldest daughter are lawyers, while my youngest daughter is a paralegal. It is inspiring to see the next generation take up the law. Their idealism and enthusiasm renews my own.
What made you choose your primary area of law?
I always knew that I wanted a career that combined business and law. That’s why as an undergraduate I went to the Wharton School of business at the University of Pennsylvania, earning a degree in finance. Then I returned to Ohio for law school at Case Western Reserve University.
What makes your law firm unique?
Attention to detail and personal service. Clients of mine will always get their phone calls and emails answered within 24 hours.
Describe your ideal client.
Intelligent, well-informed, understanding. I enjoy partnering closely with clients as we work toward a positive result.
Describe your personal interests and hobbies.
I love to ski, having learned on the slopes in Northeastern Ohio. I even took my wife on a ski trip for our honeymoon. Now I’m very lucky that my son lives in Colorado, so we can combine ski trips with visits to my granddaughter. I used to run marathons, and still enjoy running and working out at the gym. I also love to read books about history.
Describe your charitable activities.
In addition to my involvement in the bar association, I have a longstanding commitment to the Jewish community. I have served on the board of the Jewish Federation and am currently a board member of the Jewish Community Center. I was President of Ohio Jewish Communities, and served as Chair of the Anti-Defamation League for the Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky region.
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