Don Leach, attorney and managing partner of the Columbus office of Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, where my practice focus is commercial construction and real estate. I also serve as chair of the firm's Construction Practice Group.
1. Name, title and employer: Don Leach, attorney and managing partner of the Columbus office of Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, where my practice focus is commercial construction and real estate. I also serve as chair of the firm's Construction Practice Group.
2. Educational background: B.A. in political science and economics from Union College, Schenectady, N.Y.; law degree from the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.
3. What do you love most about your job: The variety of opportunities to problem solve.
4. Where are you from: I grew up here in central Ohio, in Bexley. My wife and I are one of the rare couples in central Ohio who both grew up here she is a Whetstone grad.
5. What was your first job: Mowing lawns and trimming shrubbery; camp counselor.
6. What are your stress relievers: Spending time with family and friends, exercising and reading.
7. What do you love most about Upper Arlington: The quality services and sense of community that is fostered by the common boundaries shared by our schools, library and city.
8. What would you like to see changed to make our community even better: Trash the Turquoise! It is great to have Macy's in UA, but the building's exterior is outdated and detracts from the new Kingsdale.
9. If you had three wishes:
1. Continued good health and happiness for our family.
2. Leaders who are pragmatic and collaborative, and who lead with both historical and societal perspective.
3. Since it would be politically incorrect to use my third wish to ask for more wishes or by wishing that no one played any music other than that originating in the 1960s or 1970s, I wish simply that everyone would treat others as they would like to be treated.
10. What did you want to be when growing up: After growing out of my early infatuation with being a cowboy or fire truck, I became interested in being a lawyer.