Inajo Davis Chappell, partner and chair of the Nonprofit Practice at Ulmer & Berne LLP, was recognized by the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association’s Women in Law Section (CMBA WIL) among 20 female attorneys for making a difference in the lives of other women and contributing to the Northeast Ohio community. Ms. Chappell received recognition at the “Women in Law Making a Difference” event supported by the CMBA, the Northeast Ohio Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel, and the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland. The event was held at The Union Club on Thursday, November 6, 2014.
Ms. Chappell chairs the firm’s Nonprofit Group, which represents more than 250 exempt organizations, ranging from social service agencies to arts groups, health organizations, foundations, community development corporations, educational, and governmental institutions. In addition to her work representing nonprofit organizations and public institutions, Inajo handles a variety of legal matters for for-profit businesses. Her legal practice focuses on various aspects of corporate law and governance, general business transactions, and commercial real estate acquisition, development, construction, and financing. Inajo has particular expertise representing school districts in the provision and delivery of educational programming and services to disabled students. A very active civic and community volunteer, Inajo serves on the boards of several nonprofit organizations.
Ms. Chappell has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America, for Nonprofit/Charities Law and is AV-Preeminent rated by Martindale Hubbell. Among others, she is a recipient of the 2014 Diversity & Inclusion Innovation Award from the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, and a recipient of the “Women of Note” designation by Crain’s Cleveland Business. She is also an honored contributor to The Stephanie Tubbs Jones Art Gallery at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. Ms. Chappell earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Political Science and Afro-American Studies from Yale University and a Juris Doctor from Columbia University School of Law, New York.