January 28, 2016

New Columbus Bar Committee Formed to Help Attorneys Plan for Unexpected Events

The Columbus Bar Association, under the direction of President Jay Michael, recently formed an Advance Succession Planning Committee to create a system for attorneys who are unexpectedly unable to practice law.

The committee, which met for the first time on Jan. 19, will develop a program to ensure client files and cases are still taken care of in the cases of the death, disability or disbarment of an attorney. Currently, Ohio does not have a mandatory policy in place.

“In my vision for our surrogacy program, participating attorneys would appoint a surrogate who would be a point of contact in the event of death, disability, disbarment or other infirmity,” Michael said.

The newly formed committee currently consists of nine members, including Michael. Other members include Lori Brown of the Columbus Bar Association, Jonathan Coughlan of Kegler Brown Hill + Ritter, Hon. Kate Graham of the Franklin County Municipal Court, Sean Harris of Kitrick, Lewis & Harris, Co., LPA, John Hartranft of Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP, Myron Terlecky of Strip Hoppers Leithart McGrath & Terlecky, Dave Thomas of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP and Brad Wrightsel of Wrightsel & Wrightsel.

Outlined in the Winter 2016 issue of Lawyers Quarterly, a surrogacy program for Columbus Bar members has been a key goal of Michael’s tenure as president.

“I’ve received a lot of positive feedback from the CBA membership about this initiative, and it’s gratifying to know how many people feel as passionate about this as I do,” he said.

Jay Michael