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Jerry Leipply - 2013 Professionalism Award Winner

Jerry LeipplyJerry was born on a farm in western Pennsylvania. At age 8, he moved to Cuyahoga Falls, was raised by an aunt and uncle, and has made Cuyahoga Falls his home. During his high school years, he played the clarinet in a Dixie-land band he formed with a few friends. He has a wife, Annemarie, two daughters, Etola and Tarla, a stepdaughter Martina, and five grandchildren. For 12 years he served Cuyahoga Falls as a councilman-at-large. He is a long-time member and past president of the Akron Executives Association.

Jerry graduated from Cuyahoga Falls High School in 1952, and attended Heidelberg College in Tiffin, Ohio. During his college career he participated on their successful speech and debate team; studied one summer at Heidelberg University in Germany; and received his Bachelor’s Degree in 1956. Jerry applied to and was accepted for law school at Cambridge, Massachusetts and Ann Arbor, Michigan. Although a Buckeye fan at heart, he chose Michigan, because he felt the Midwest was a better fit for him. It also taught him how to be cool in the face of adversity by cheering for the Buckeyes in the Big House! In 1959, he received his Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan and was admitted to the Ohio State Bar that same year.

Jerry began his law practice with the firm of Alpeter, Reed and Diefenbach in 1959; then from 1962-65 served as the Law Director of Cuyahoga Falls. Jerry, along with Dave Sanders and Orval Hoover, formed the law office of Sanders, Hoover & Leipply in 1966. In 1982, after the death of Dave Sanders, Jerry and Steve Fallis formed a partnership. After Steve Fallis, he practiced with Margaret Kreiner for a few years, and then on his own for a few more. Since 2003, he has partnered with James Armstrong and formed Leipply & Armstrong. Working in small firms or alone, afforded Jerry the opportunity to be a major part of his daughters’ lives as they were growing up, and now it enables him to enjoy activities with his grandchildren.

Throughout his 50+ years as an attorney, Jerry has practiced in many different areas of law; and while he now focuses most of his practice in the areas of Probate and Domestic work, he still gets a rush when he needs to prepare for a criminal or civil jury trial. Jerry is a member of both the Akron Bar Association and the Ohio State Bar Association. With the Akron Bar he is actively involved with the Probate and Family Law Sections and Character and Fitness Committee. He also serves as a mentor to newly admitted attorneys with the Lawyer to Lawyer Mentoring Program offered through the Supreme Court of Ohio.

Jerry enjoys motorcycling and taught the weekend Motorcycle Rider and Safety Course for the State of Ohio for many years. He pitched for an Akron men’s traveling fast-pitch softball team for 27 years, and coached women’s fast-pitch softball for a few more. Two of the women’s teams he coached enjoyed national success. Through his love of fast-pitch softball, he became involved with the Akron Amateur Softball Association and now volunteers time as a commissioner at the Softball Hall of Fame in Firestone Stadium. Other activities he enjoys are shooting trap and dealing casino tables at casino parties for the Beach Boyz Entertainment Services.