Ohio State Bar Association Honors Lawyers

COLUMBUS — The Ohio State Bar Association has recognized two local attorneys for 50 years of service to the community and the legal profession.

James Paul Patrick of Lima and Stephen Lloyd Smith of New Bremen were honored at the Ohio Bar District 16 Annual Meeting.

James Paul Patrick, of Lima, is an independent practitioner in the field of business and estate planning. He is a member of the Ohio Bar Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Section. In the Lima area, he has served on the board of Marimor Industries and the West Ohio Food Bank and is an active member of his church. He received his undergraduate degree from Bluffton College and his law degree from Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law.

Stephen Lloyd Smith, of New Bremen, is a private practitioner and former lawyer for the villages of Danville and New Bremen. He began his career as a U.S. Army Judge Advocate General Captain and was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for establishing the Army Inspector General’s Procedure for Disclosure of Information in Response to Freedom of Information Act requests. At the Ohio Bar, he served as District 16’s representative on the Board of Governors and a member of the Council of Delegates. While in New Bremen, he was involved with the New Bremen Rotating Club, Sports Boosters, and the American Legion. He received his undergraduate and law degrees from The Ohio State University.

District 16 includes more than 200 attorneys who practice in Allen, Auglaize, Hardin and Mercer counties.

Dean Brown joined The Lima News in 2022 as a reporter. Prior to The Lima News, Brown was an English teacher in Allen County for 38 years, with stops in Perry, Shawnee, Spencerville and Heir Force Community School. So they thought he could articulate a few sentences about education and business in the region. An award-winning photographer, Brown enjoys watching old black-and-white movies, his dog, his wife and children, and the four grandchildren — not necessarily in that order. Join it at [email protected] or 567-242-0409.

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