Community Involvement

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Community Involvement 2021-03-24T10:50:09-04:00

We at Fishel Downey Albrecht & Riepenhoff LLP believe community involvement is essential to success. We encourage our team to be engaged in our community and to give back to organizations that they connect with personally. As attorneys working with people every day, community engagement is another way for us to be reminded to focus on helping others.

Fishel Downey is proud to make ‘The List’ of Top 100 Companies in Central Ohio for Corporate Citizenship. This list is compiled by Columbus Business First, ranking local companies by their contributions to Central Ohio organizations. Community involvement is at the core of our culture at Fishel Downey, and we’re honored to be recognized for our efforts.

Marc A. Fishel has served on the Board and is a past president the Board of Directors of the Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Columbus. The JCC of Greater Columbus is a human service agency offering a varied program that is Jewish in nature. Through its wide array of programs, the JCC pursues its mission of strengthening the individual, family and community. Marc has also served on the board of Columbus Jewish Family Services and has been a volunteer with the Franklin County Dog Shelter. Marc also provides legal services pro bono for several charitable organizations.

Jennifer H. George founded the Volunteer Student Law Project. The Volunteer Student Law Project is dedicated to provide legal and nonlegal volunteer opportunities to law students. VSLP will assign projects to law students to work with local attorneys on pro bono cases, thus obtaining practical legal experience, an opportunity to network in the local legal community, and an opportunity to accumulate hours towards the Pro Bono Commitment to Community Program.

For over a decade, David Riepenhoff has served on the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Development Board, holding offices of President, Vice President, Treasurer and Committee Chairperson. The Development Board is a dynamic group of Columbus area business professionals who are committed to raising funds to support various programs at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

David also volunteered several years on the the Development Board’s Admitting Gift Cart, distrbuting a toy or gift to each newly-admitted patient at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

For several years, David also assisted the fundraising efforts of the The Childhood League, where his wife, Emily, was a member and volunteer.

In addition to coaching other youth sports, David is currently an assistant coach for both the track & field and cross-country programs at St. Paul school in Westerville.  He is also an Assistant Scout Master with Boy Scout Troop 85.

David was a recipient of the Otterbein University Young Alumni Award for Community Engagement and is a Columbus Bar Foundation Fellow.

Melanie J. Williamson volunteers with the Women’s Fund as a grant reader. The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio is committed to igniting social change for the sake of gender equality. They spark conversations, connect people and organizations, and influence the opportunity for economic empowerment and leadership for women and girls through educating practices.

Angelica M. Jarmusz donates much of her time to local political campaigns in both Franklin County and Delaware County. She currently serves as the First Vice Chair of the Franklin County Republican Judicial Salute, as well as campaign manager in a Common Pleas Court race. Angelica was also a campaign manager in a Municipal Court race in 2017.

Additionally, Angelica sits on the Ohio State Bar Association Content Advisory Board and is an active member of the Columbus Bar Association and Federal Bar Association.  To give back to her law school alma mater, Angelica volunteers as a moot court judge for the Appellate Advocacy course at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and helps prepare students for various other moot court competitions. From time to time, Angelica also volunteers as a youth lacrosse coach.

Lucinda K. Miller has volunteered through her professional organization, the Paralegal Association of Central Ohio (PACO) in coordination with the Legal Aid Society of Columbus (LASC), in the PACO/LASC Pro Bono Wills Clinics, where she also served as coordinator.  The clinics provide low-income seniors in residential facilities with the opportunity to prepare and execute Wills, Financial Powers of Attorney, Healthcare Powers of Attorney and Advanced Health Care Directives.

Volunteering both time and energy, Mary Okin is involved in several projects in the area.  She helps lead the Mission Garden at Liberty Presbyterian Church in Powell, donating over 1,000 pounds of vegetables annually to P.I.N. (People In Need) of Delaware County.  She serves Street Church through St. John’s Episcopal Church in Columbus, providing a weekly hot meal to the homeless and underprivileged in the Franklinton area of Columbus.  Mary volunteers for Walls Build Project with Habitat for Humanity, providing housing for families in Delaware County.  She also helps coordinate Adopt-a-Family, part of the Mission Program at Liberty Presbyterian Church, supporting Columbus families during the holiday season.