Lou was born in Houston, Texas, on July 7, 1959. Thereafter, his father's employment with the J. C. Penney Co. required transfers to Mattawan, New Jersey; Cedarburg, Wisconsin; Duluth, Minnesota; and Fort Madison, Iowa. In 1975, Lou's family moved to Union City, Indiana, where his father owned and operated a Ben Franklin Store. Lou graduated from Union City Community High School in 1977.
Lou graduated with a Bachelor's Degree from Ball State University in 1981, and received his Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of Dayton School of Law in 1984. He is admitted to practice in the State of Ohio and before the United States District Courts for the Southern and Northern Districts of Ohio.
Lou has served as President of the Mercer County Bar Association and as a member of the Council of Delegates of the Ohio State Bar Association. He has recently been inducted as a Fellow of the Ohio State Bar Foundation and is a member of the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
Following the examples of Don Purdy and Tom Lammers, Lou has been actively involved in the local community. He served 9 years as a Trustee for the Celina - Mercer County Area Chamber of Commerce, 8 years as an ACBALSA/WOLSA legal aid trustee, 14 years as a member of the Celina Governor's Cup Regatta Boat Race Committee, and was Co-Chairperson for 9 of those years.
Lou is an original Governor of the Turner-Cisco Endowment fund which was established in 1991 by the Mercer County Council on Aging. He is a former member of the Cheryl Ann School Humans Rights Committee, Chairperson of the Mercer County Law Library Resources Board and a member of the Mercer County Community Corrections Board since 1996. Lou serves on the Advisory Committee of the Mercer County Drug Court Program and was appointed a member of the State of Ohio Criminal Justice Recodification Committee in 2015.
Lou enjoys a wide range of practice activities commensurate with the general practice of law in a small rural community. He is a criminal defense and domestic relations litigator, and also handles real estate, probate, personal injury and juvenile court matters. Lou is often called upon to serve as guardian ad litem to protect the interests of juveniles whose lives are affected by the justice system.
Tom was born and raised in Celina, Ohio, and graduated from Celina High school in 1970. He was admitted to the practice of law in 1977, after completing his undergraduate studies at Ohio University in 1974 and receiving his Juris Doctorate from The Ohio State University College of Law in 1977. He is also admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.
Tom has served as President of the Mercer County Bar Association, a member of the Council of Delegates and Board of Governors of the Ohio State Bar Association, Past Chairman of the Ohio State Bar Association's Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee and Past President of the Ohio State Bar Foundation. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Ohio Bar Liability Insurance Company and a member of the OSBA Legal Ethics and Professional Conduct Committee.
Tom is a past president of the Celina Rotary Club, was the Chairperson of the city's Sesquicentennial Celebration, and served more than 12 years as Secretary of the Celina Civil Service Commission. He is currently a Trustee of the Mercer County Civic Foundation and serves on the Board of Directors of Mercer Savings Bank.
Tom's areas of concentration include real estate, probate, estate planning and commercial law, and he has served numerous courts and practitioners as a mediator.