Ulmer & Berne announces that partner Inajo Davis Chappell has received the 14th annual Women Worth Watching® award from Profiles in Diversity Journal®. The honor extends to a select group of trailblazers working in a range of industries throughout the country who have distinguished themselves from their peers based on excellence in their fields and the positive influence they have both inside and outside of their organizations.
Profiles in Diversity Journal is a publication dedicated to recognizing ambitious people, initiatives, and programs that support the success of diverse workforces across the country and around the world. The winners of the publication’s Women Worth Watching award were nominated based on passion, potential, and positive influence in the workplace and in the community. The women who received the award represent corporations, government agencies, law firms, and nonprofits from across North America and Europe.
Ms. Chappell chairs Ulmer & Berne’s Nonprofit and School Law Practice Groups. Under her leadership, the exempt organizations represented by the firm grew from 88 to more than 250. Her clients range 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, Ms. Chappell 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. Ms. Chappell has particular expertise representing school districts in the provision and delivery of educational programming and services to disabled students. Outside of her legal practice, Ms. Chappell is an exceptionally active civic leader and community volunteer, holding positions on the boards of several nonprofit organizations.
Ms. Chappell is consistently honored for her contributions to the legal profession and her community. She has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for five consecutive years, earning the distinction of 2015 “Lawyer of the Year” for Non-Profit/Charities Law in Cleveland. She was named one of the Most Influential Black Lawyers in America by Savoy Magazine in 2015. The Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association’s Women in Law Section recognized Ms. Chappell for making a difference in the lives of other women and contributing to the Northeast Ohio community at the “Women in Law Making a Difference” event. The CMBA also awarded her the 2014 Diversity & Inclusion Innovation Award. Ms. Chappell is rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell® and is a recipient of the “Women of Note” designation from Crain’s Cleveland Business. Ms. Chappell was an honored contributor to The Stephanie Tubbs Jones Art Gallery at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in both Political Science and Afro-American Studies from Yale University and her Juris Doctor from Columbia University School of Law, New York.