John Schwemler - 1996 Professionalism Award
John A. Schwemler was the inaugural recipient of the Akron Bar Association Professionalism Award.
After serving in the United States Navy, John received his J.D. from Western Reserve Law School and was admitted to the bar in 1954. John joined the law firm of Brouse McDowell in 1974, where his practice focused on banking, commercial and bankruptcy law. He worked on many of Northeast Ohio’s most visible and contentious commercial cases.
John was deeply respected by not only his partners, but also his many friends and colleagues at the bar association. Often, a lawyer or judge would claim a seat near John to be able to ask his advice and talk out a problem or point of law. Humble and modest, John was proud to receive the Professionalism Award honor because it came from his peers.
Throughout his life, John gave freely of his time to the community. He was an active member of the Stow Lions Club, served on the Stow Planning Commission and Stow Charter Review Commission. John was also an active member of the United Methodist Church in Stow. After taking of-counsel status at Brouse McDowell, John gave much of his time to pro-bono work. In 2003, he was recognized with the Akron Legal Volunteer Services Program Lifetime Achievement Award.
John passed in March of 2005. He is survived by his wife Jackie, of nearly 50 years, three children and grandchildren.