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April 4, 2023

Hanne-Lore Gambrell Honored with Community Service Award

Akron, OH (April 2023) - The Ohio State Bar Foundation (OSBF) is pleased to announce Hanne-Lore Gambrell as a recipient of its Community Service Award for Attorneys 40 and Under. The award is given to attorneys who work to make a difference in their communities, outside of their practice area, and without compensation. The OSBF is a public charity committed to improving the justice system and enhancing the public understanding of the rule of law throughout Ohio.

A native of Akron, Gambrell is Founder and Managing Partner of The Law Office of H. Gambrell, LLC. She started her own firm to offer affordable services to small businesses and people who might not be able to afford the usual price of hiring an attorney.

Gambrell is very active in the Akron community and serves in leadership positions on numerous boards, including the North Hill Community Development Corporation, the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, and the Akron Bar Association. She is a past President of the Akron Urban League Young Professionals and former Chair of the Akron Bar Association’s Diversity Committee.

Gambrell demonstrates the positive impact and influence attorneys can have in their communities when lawyers give back to the community. She is especially dedicated to mentorship and cultivating the next generation of lawyers. Her volunteer work includes tutoring for writing and exam strategy at the University of Akron School of Law. 

Gambrell serves as the law school liaison and fundraising committee member of the Akron-Canton Barristers Association. She has also volunteered with Project Grad Akron and founded the University of Akron School of Law's African American Attorney Mentorship Program.

“Hanne-Lore is the type of person that is wired to serve her community,” said OSBF Trustee Drew Odum in his nominating letter. “She has probably forgotten more examples of her community service than most people have participated in during their entire careers, and the list continues to grow. We’re proud to recognize her with this award, and look forward to all that she will accomplish.”

Gambrell received an MBA from University of Akron and a law degree from the University of Akron School of Law. She received the OSBF’s Community Service Award for Attorneys 40 and Under on April 3 during a luncheon hosted by the Ohio State Bar Association.

“I’ve always had a motto, which is leave everything better than you found it. I apply that to all areas of my life,” said Gambrell. “My passion for volunteering came from that motto. I want to leave my city, and ultimately this world, better than I found it.”

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