Ethics Attorney Receives Ohio State Bar Association Award

The Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) has awarded Geoff Stern the 2015 Eugene R. Weir Award for Ethics and Professionalism, the highest ethics recognition the bar awards. This award recognizes exceptional professional responsibility among Ohio lawyers. The OSBA Board of Governors established the Weir Award in 1998 to honor the memory of Eugene R. Weir, a former member of the board. Weir championed improvements in lawyer regulation and strongly advocated for the promotion of professionalism and legal ethics.

Geoff is honored with the award because he has worked with distinction to promote and uphold legal professionalism and ethics. "I am deeply honored to receive the Weir Award, particularly considering its past recipients," said Geoff.

Prior to joining Kegler Brown in 1997, Geoff served a ten-year engagement as a National Coordinating Counsel in asbestos litigation in national and international tribunals. He also served four years as Disciplinary Counsel of the Supreme Court of Ohio and was chair of the OSBA committee on Legal Ethics and Professional Conduct, in which he has been involved in since 1974.

"Geoff's exemplary work over the course of his career helps us all remember how to be good lawyers, how to represent our clients with integrity, and how to maintain the public's trust and confidence on our legal system," said OSBA President Martin E. Mohler.

Geoff has received the Columbus Bar Association Liberty Bell Award and was recognized as an Ohio Super Lawyer by Law & Politics magazine. He has been listed in Who's Who in America for 24 years and has received numerous "Lawyer of the Year" recognitions from U.S. News - Best Lawyers.

A respected speaker on ethics, professionalism and substance abuse issues, Geoff has participated in more than 400 presentations throughout Ohio and the country, as well as internationally.

He has devoted time to the community as a weekend volunteer for the American National Red Cross and a board member of Temple Israel. He previously served as a member and president of the Bexley, Ohio City Council and Bexley Civil Service Commission.