May 13, 2011
An Interview with Columbus Bar inc Attorney, Brian DePew
Why did you decide to be a solo attorney participating in Columbus Bar inc?
I have always had something of an entrepreneurial spirit, but did not want to immediately jump in to solo practice after admission to the bar for two equally important reasons. One, I felt that I needed experience in order to give clients first rate counsel. Two, building a practice and sustainable client base is no small task.
This program overcomes both of those initial concerns. The CBA has helped all of us by fostering a very collegial environment in which to establish a new practice. Experience is supported and supplemented by our peers, both formal and informal mentors across many different practice areas, and many more senior members of the CBA community. I am very grateful for the resources provided by the CBA and the Columbus legal community for supporting this program.
In short, this program was an amazing opportunity to grow with the support of an entire community of folks that truly want each individual new practice and the Incubator program as a whole to be a success.
What area(s) of law does your solo practice focus on?
I am organized as a general practice. I will concentrate in several areas of law including domestic, business, civil litigation, misdemeanor and traffic crimes, commercial and residential lease agreements, landlord/tenant concerns, in addition to having an eye toward health care issues.
What made you choose your primary area of law?
I am a small business person, and I enjoy helping other individuals. It is extremely satisfying to know that I can make a difference in the life of a family or help a business navigate disputes and liability concerns so they can focus on what they do best. I look forward to growing with my clients.
What will make your law firm unique?
Personal attention. There is no middle man of any sort.
Summary of previous employment.
Prior to law school, I worked for Nationwide Retirements Solutions in Columbus, then went to work for a commodities trading company on the floor at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.
During law school I worked as a law clerk at Gallagher & Kavinsky, LPA, and Levy & Associates, LLC. In addition, I worked as a hearing officer for first time misdemeanor juvenile offenders in Franklin County and was an extern at Ohio Hospital Association.
My first job as an attorney was with The Law Office of Anthony W. Greco, LPA, where my work focused primarily on family law issues.
I worked as hard as I could in law school to have many unique legal employment experiences so that I could be graduated as a competent practitioner.
Describe your personal interests and hobbies.
When free time and weather permit, I very much enjoy taking a ride of any duration on my motorcycle, and I am a member of the local H.O.G. group. I also like to cook and garden for the purpose of use in the kitchen. Additionally, I enjoy most paperback fiction and live music in small venues.