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Fred began his professional career with KWGD in March of 1967 as the firm’s sixth attorney. Although his practice began in the litigation area, he quickly became focused primarily in the areas of business, contract and corporate law, estate planning/trusts, health care law and mergers and acquisitions. He frequently speaks to professional and civic groups on multiple subjects arising out of his primary areas of expertise.


  • The University of Mount Union, B.A, 1963
  • Western Reserve University School of Law, J.D., 1967
    • Elected to the Order of the Coif Legal Honorary

Professional Experience

  • Served as general counsel and a member of the Board of Directors for clients in commercial and residential construction, manufacturing and distribution, health care (including physicians and independent living, assisted living, and nursing facilities), an institution of higher education.

Courts and Bar Associations

  • Member: The Stark County Bar Association, serving on the Corporate Law sections
  • Member: The Ohio State Bar Association, serving on the Corporate Law sections
  • Member: The National Health Care Lawyers Association

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • Board of Trustees: The University of Mount Union since 1976; Chairman of that Board 1992—2002 and was the 1997 recipient of its Alumni Service Award
  • Former President and Board member: The Jackson-Belden Chamber of Commerce
  • Former Chairman of the Board of Directors: The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Former Chairman: The Jackson-Belden Food Fest Committee
  • Former Chairman: The Pro Football Hall of Fame Festival Enshrines Civic Dinner
  • Former President of The Congress Lake Club
  • Former General Chairman: The Wilderness Center Auction and Dinner

Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America, 2007-present
  • Martindale-Hubbell Lawyer Rating, AV Preeminent
  • Conferred an Honorary Doctor of Laws by the University of Mount Union, 2002
  • Commencement speaker at the University of Mount Union, 2002
  • Named the Outstanding Chamber Member by the Jackson-Belden Chamber of Commerce, 1997
  • The University of Mount Union, Alumni Service Award Recipient, 1997
  • Ohio State Bar Foundation, Elected Fellow 1995