April 24, 2009
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Clement Pyles (profile)
What experiences help you to be a better attorney?
Twenty plus years in Legal Services handling a wide variety of substantive issues, working on dozens of class actions, helping mentally ill/developmentally disabled clients, and advocating for low income tenants and homeowners in state and federal courts has given me a depth of experience. During the last six years in private practice, I have managed to devise ways to help clients with limited incomes for a reasonable and affordable fee.
What made you choose your primary area of law?
I spent eight years as the managing attorney for the Housing Unit at the Legal Aid Society of Columbus. I developed an extensive knowledge of tenant-landlord law during that time and worked hard in that role to set up an institutionalized representation of tenants. I recognized that tenant representation was an unmet need in private practice as well, and I felt I could offer the benefit of my experience and service to those in need, at an affordable fee.
What makes your law firm unique?
I believe that the service I offer to tenants and low to moderate income homeowners is unusual, although I think it would be presumptuous to say it is unique. I would think it is also unusual for someone of my experience to offer services in this area.
Describe your ideal client.
I feel strongly that I work for my clients, no matter what their situation. It's up to me to provide them the best representation, to be the ideal lawyer for them. Still, the organized client is always nice.
Describe your personal interests and hobbies.
I enjoy hiking with my wife, chess (although I don't play against anyone much anymore) and crossword puzzles. I like to read Discover magazine and science fiction novels. Family get-togethers with my children, their significant others and our grandsons are always fun. Although I can't run anymore, I managed to play a half court basketball game last summer with my kids and grandkids, and I still like to throw the football around with my son and grandsons. I haven't done it for awhile, but occasionally I do some modest juggling. My wife and I like heading to the beach for a vacation, in particular the Outer Banks and Cape Cod.
Describe your charitable activities.
I am a longstanding board member of the Columbus Coalition for the Homeless (CCH) and Community Mediation Services (CMS). CCH advocates for homeless persons, and CMS provides mediation and training services.