Ulmer & Berne LLP is proud to announce that Inajo Davis Chappell, Partner and Chair of the firm’s Nonprofit Group, has been recognized by Savoy Magazine as one of the Most Influential Black Lawyers in America. This exclusive list, on which Inajo has now twice been featured, honors visionaries, leaders and advocates – including partners and counsel – within the legal profession who are widely recognized for their professionalism, protection of rights, and community service.
Savoy is a cultural catalyst for the African-American community—a magazine that showcases and drives positive dialogue on and about black culture. It is one of the most respected national publications featuring successful black executives, professionals and leaders. Savoy’s list of 2018 Most Influential Black Lawyers spotlights African-American men and women who have been recognized for their legal leadership and expertise in national and global corporations.
Inajo counsels a broad range of nonprofit organizations, including social service agencies, arts groups, health organizations, foundations, community development corporations, and educational and governmental institutions. She also handles a variety of legal matters for for-profit businesses, assisting with aspects of corporate law and governance, general business transactions, and commercial real estate acquisition, development, construction, and financing.
At Ulmer, Inajo also co-chairs the Diversity & Inclusion Committee. She is an active civic leader and community volunteer, and over the course of her career has held positions on the boards of several nonprofit organizations and professional groups, including The Cleveland Foundation, Cuyahoga County Economic-Inclusion Task Force, the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, Boys & Girls Club of Cleveland, The American Red Cross, and Vocational Guidance Services of Cleveland, among others.
“Inajo is a consummate leader, social entrepreneur and advocate, and we at Ulmer are thrilled that her tremendous accomplishments, both professional and in the Northeast Ohio community, are again honored by Savoy,” said Scott Kadish, Ulmer’s Managing Partner. “Her commitment to diversity, inclusion, and social justice is unmatched, and her clients benefit greatly from her fierce advocacy. I am proud to count her as one of my partners and friends.”
Inajo has consistently been honored for her contributions to the legal profession and her community. She has been recognized in Best Lawyers in America® for eight consecutive years, earning the distinction of “Lawyer of the Year” for Non-Profit/Charities Law in 2015. The Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association’s (CMBA) Women in Law Section recognized Inajo for making a difference in the lives of other women and contributing to the Northeast Ohio community at its annual “Women in Law Making a Difference” event. The CMBA also awarded her the 2014 Diversity & Inclusion Innovation Award. She was also the recipient of the “Women of Note” designation from Crain’s Cleveland Business. Inajo has been named to the Ohio Super Lawyers list three times. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in both Political Science and Afro-American Studies from Yale University and her Juris Doctor degree from Columbia University School of Law.