Inajo Davis Chappell, partner and chair of the Nonprofit Practice Group at Ulmer & Berne LLP, has been recognized by Savoy Magazine as one of the Most Influential Black Lawyers in America. The honor extends to a select group of black attorneys who have distinguished themselves from their peers based on achievements in the legal field and commitment to the community.
Savoy Magazine celebrates African American culture and is among the most respected national publications that cover successful black executives, professionals, and leaders. The 2015 Most Influential Black Lawyers are selected during a highly competitive process that recognizes elite influencers and achievers in the legal community across the country. Ms. Chappell’s inclusion in this prestigious group of accomplished attorneys further cements her position as a pillar of the Cleveland legal community and nationally recognized leader in her field.
Under Ms. Chappell’s 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 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 Best Lawyers in America® for five consecutive years, earning the distinction of “Lawyer of the Year” for Non-Profit/Charities Law 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.