Inajo Davis Chappell, Partner and Chair of Ulmer & Berne LLP’s Nonprofit Practice Group, has been named by Savoy Magazine as one of the Most Influential Women in Corporate America. This exclusive list honors women who embody talent, leadership, and grace while executing critical roles for some of the largest corporations in the world.
“Inajo is a fierce advocate, outstanding leader, and a great colleague,” said Scott P. Kadish, Managing Partner. “Her vision and leadership have made a powerful impact both in the community and at our firm, and we are proud she has received this well-deserved recognition.”
Under Chappell’s direction, Ulmer’s Nonprofit Practice Group has grown to represent more than 100 exempt organizations, ranging from social service agencies to arts groups, health organizations, foundations, community development corporations, and educational and governmental institutions. She also represents for-profit businesses in a variety of legal matters, including corporate law and governance, general business transactions, and commercial real estate acquisition, development, construction, and financing.
Chappell is a respected civic leader and community volunteer, serving on the boards of several nonprofit organizations and professional groups over the course of her career. This includes the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, the Cleveland Foundation, Say Yes Cleveland Scholarship Inc., Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland, American Red Cross Greater Cleveland Chapter, and the Cleveland Leadership Center, among others. She also serves as the Chair of Ulmer’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee, which works to recruit, retain, and advance attorneys from diverse backgrounds and promote inclusivity inside and outside the firm.
Consistently honored for her contributions to the legal profession and the community, Chappell has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America© for nine consecutive years, earning the distinction of “Lawyer of the Year” for Nonprofit/Charities Law in 2015. She was named a “Notable Woman in Law” by Crain’s Cleveland Business, a “Woman Worth Watching” by Profiles in Diversity Journal, and has received the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association’s “Women in Law Making a Difference” and “Diversity & Inclusion Innovation” Awards.
Savoy Magazine is among the most respected national publications that cover successful black executives, professionals, and leaders, and serves as a cultural catalyst for the African-American community that drives positive dialogue on and about Black culture. Savoy’s 2019 list of the Most Influential Women in Corporate America evaluated over 500 prospective candidates across diverse fields, and the women selected for this honor were chosen for their exemplary records of accomplishment and influence while working to better their communities and inspire others.