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Ohio bar honors three attorneys from Trumbull

WARREN — The Ohio State Bar Association recently recognized three Trumbull County attorneys for 50 and 65 years of service to the community and the legal profession.

These attorneys were recognized as part of the OSBA’s District 18 virtual annual meeting, held last week.

District 18 includes 600 attorneys who practice in Ashtabula, Geauga, Lake and Trumbull counties.

William N. Letson of Warren was honored for 65 years in practice.

Letson graduated with honors from Harvard Law School in 1955. His career took him across the country, from working in New York City on Wall Street to working in a partnership with his brother, Tom, in Warren. He also worked in Washington D.C. as general counsel of the U.S. Department of Commerce, by appointment of the president, and served as vice president and general counsel of Westinghouse Electric Co.

Letson then worked in private practice in Washington as a partner in a Chicago-based law firm, before moving back to his family partnership in Warren. In 2013, he moved to Denver, Colorado and retired from active practice in 2016. In addition to his legal work, Letson was the founder and first president of 100 for Trumbull County, and has been involved with a variety of charitable and civic organizations.

Two Warren attorneys honored for 50 years in practice are:

• Thomas E. Schubert of Warren earned his law degree from the University of Akron School of Law in 1970. He completed graduate studies at Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 1971. He is a former Trumbull County Common Pleas Court domestic judge, elected to the bench of the family court in 1992. He currently works at Schubert Law Firm and Schubert Title Agency in Warren. In addition to his legal career, Schubert is a former chairman of the Mahoning Valley Board of Developmental Disabilities.

• Gilbert L. Rieger of Warren earned his law degree from the University of Toledo College of Law. He centers his legal practice on all matters relating to real estate including titles, foreclosures and evictions. He is an attorney with Rieger, Carpenter and Daughtery and the president of Valley Title and Escrow Agency, which has offices in Dublin, Delaware, Middlefield, Warren and Youngstown.

Rieger has taught real estate law for 25 years at Kent State University at Trumbull campus and is the author of “The Language of Real Estate in Ohio,” which was published by the Real Estate Education Co. in 1978. Outside of his legal practice, Rieger served as a past president of the Warren YMCA Board and as past president of the board of education of the Mathews Local School District. He is a past chairman of the board of the Trumbull County United Way. Presently, Rieger serves as a member of the Trumbull Metropolitan Housing Authority, to which he was appointed by a Trumbull County Common Pleas Court judge in 2004.

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