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J. Douglas Drushal

Overview

Doug Drushal is the most senior Member of the firm, having joined in August of 1979, after a two-year Clerkship with Judge Anthony J. Celebrezze of the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He has perhaps the broadest areas of practice in the firm, providing both business and personal guidance on a wide variety of topics, using his 40 years of experience to the advantage of his clients.

Outside the office

Doug enjoys being outdoors, as evidenced by rafting down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon twenty times and taking snow skiing trips across the West, and an occasional visit to the golf course. He also enjoys traveling internationally, having visited India several times as well as various countries in Africa and Europe. He also manages to find the time to play full-court fast-break basketball several times per week, or at least he did pre-COVID-19.

Education

The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, Editor, Ohio State Law Journal, Order of the Coif

Northwestern University, B.A.

Admissions

Ohio

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio

United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

United States Tax Court

United States Supreme Court

Certifications

Judicial Law Clerk to The Honorable Anthony J. Celebrezze, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 1977-1979.

Experience

  • Substantial first-chair trial experience, including many jury trials
  • Represented sellers and buyers in numerous M&A transactions, ranging from small businesses up to deals worth hundreds of millions of dollars
  • Handled many large commercial and residential real estate developments
  • Handled hundreds of planning and zoning matters before various municipal boards and commissions
  • Wide estate planning experience, ranging from simple wills to complex estate plans for persons of all walks of life

Recognitions

  • Selected as an “Ohio Super Lawyer” by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine (2020-2021)

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Wayne County Bar Association, past president

In the Community

  • Wayne County Public Library, Board of Trustees, President
  • Wooster Area Chamber of Commerce, Past Board Chair
  • Habitat for Humanity of Wayne County, Trustee; Legal volunteer/Construction volunteer
  • Wayne County Airport Authority (18 years)
  • Westminster Presbyterian Church, Elder
  • The College of Wooster Moot Court program, volunteer judge

Speaking Engagements

  • Frequent guest lecturer at The College of Wooster in Political Science (Constitutional Law) classes

Publications

  • Published numerous Op-Ed columns in The (Wooster) Daily Record
  • Former columnist for The Intercollegiate Athletic Forum

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