One of the three attorneys recognized by District 9 during the recent Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) was former Perry County Prosecuting Attorney John R. Allen of Crooksville.
Allen was honored for 50 years of service to the profession. He earned his law degree from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and began practicing law in 1968.
In private practice he worked as an associate with Athens firm Lavelle & Yanity from 1968 to 1972, practiced solo from 1971-72, practiced as a Partner with New Lexington firm Flautt & Allen from 1972 to 2001, and then founded Zanesville firm Allen & Baughman with his daughter, where he continues to work. He also worked in the Perry County Prosecutor’s Office from 1972 to 2001 including three terms as an elected prosecutor and served as President of the Perry County Bar Association. He currently serves as Director and Secretary to the Board of Directors and as Retained Counsel for the Community Bank and is President of the J. Brannon Hull Scholarship Fund.
The other attorneys recognized were: L. James Gordon of Granville for his 65 years of service to the profession and Norman J. Ogilvie, Jr., who was honored for 50 years of service.
Gordon earned his law degree from Yale Law School in 1953 and was a member of the Order of the Coif. He spent his career at Newark firm Morrow, Gordon, and Byrd specializing in estate planning, business law and tax law and was included in “Who’s Who in Law in the Midwest.” He has served the legal community as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, the American College of Trial Lawyers, and the Ohio Bar Foundation as well as Chairman of the OSBA Negligence Law Committee, President of the Licking County Bar Association, and an Advocate in the American Board of Trial Advocates. He has also been a leader in his local community, serving as President of the Newark Kiwanis, Granville Rotary Club, United Way of Licking County, Granville School Board, Granville Foundation, and the Licking County Mental Health Association.