Ulmer Partner Marvin L. Karp to Receive 2018 Ritter Award from the Ohio State Bar Foundation

Prestigious award honors Karp’s lifetime of service in the practice of law 

Ulmer & Berne LLP is proud to announce that Retired Partner Marvin L. Karp has been selected as the winner of the coveted Ritter Award for 2018 by the Ohio State Bar Foundation (OSBF). The award is the highest honor given by the OSBF.

The award is presented each year to an esteemed attorney for his or her lifetime of service, and recognizes the recipient’s accomplishments in attaining and promoting professionalism, integrity, and ethics in the practice of law while assisting other attorneys, the courts, and the public to envision and cause changes that improve the justice system in Ohio.

“I can think of no practicing lawyer in the state of Ohio or perhaps the country who is more concerned about ethics and professionalism, and thus more deserving of recognition for his enormous contributions to the legal profession,” said Michael N. Ungar, chair of Ulmer’s Litigation Department. “From the moment I joined Ulmer, I knew I had landed at a special firm with a respected litigation department chaired by a brilliant lawyer. Marv is an incredible example to all litigators and our Litigation Department would not be where it is today without him.”

As an attorney with extensive trial and appellate experience in business, corporate, and insurance litigation, Karp is one of the most distinguished members of the Cleveland bar. Throughout his storied career, Karp has maintained a deep commitment to ethics and professional responsibility, and has remained dedicated to the betterment of and the restoration of civility in the legal profession.

Among his many civic and professional accomplishments, Karp served as president of the Cleveland Bar Association (CBA), as a member and chair of the American Bar Association (ABA)’s Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility, and as an advisor to the ABA’s Commission to Evaluate the Model Code of Judicial Conduct. As president of the CBA, he developed “A Lawyer’s Creed of Professionalism,” a document promoting civility in the legal profession that has been adopted by hundreds of state and local bar associations across the country.

“I do not think there is any attorney more committed or who has been more active throughout his career in not only promoting, but in also defining, the areas of ethics and professionalism for attorneys than Marv,” said Ronald L. Kahn, retired partner. “His trial wins, his awards, and his accolades are numerous and impressive, but it’s his dedication to the promotion of ethics and professionalism in the law and instilling such values in other attorneys that has defined his career and that truly demonstrates his leadership and lasting impact on the legal profession.”

After 56 years with Ulmer, Karp retired at the end of 2014. During his illustrious career, Karp received several prominent honors and distinctions, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel in 2018, the Michael Franck Professional Responsibility Award from the American Bar Association in 2010, The Ohio Bar Medal from the Ohio State Bar Association in 2007, the American ORT Jurisprudence Award in 2004, and the William K. Thomas Professionalism Award from the Cleveland Bar Association in 2001. Karp was appointed by Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor of the Supreme Court of Ohio as the 2013 Chair of the Commission on Professionalism, and had been listed in every edition of The Best Lawyers of America© since the year 1983.

Karp will be given the Ritter Award at the OSBF’s Annual Awards Dinner held on October 5, 2018, at the Hilton Polaris in Columbus, Ohio. The event will honor Karp, as well as three other award winners for their contributions to the legal profession and their community leadership. For more information about or to register for the Annual Awards Dinner, please visit osbf.org/2018/.