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April 17, 2023

Joseph Barton Honored with Community Service Award

Troy, OH (April 2023) - The Ohio State Bar Foundation (OSBF) is pleased to announce Joseph Barton 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.

Joseph Barton currently serves as Litigation Counsel for North American litigation at EssilorLuxottica.

Barton demonstrates the positive impact and influence attorneys can have in their communities when they give back. During the pandemic, Barton chaired the Dayton Bar Association’s Leadership Development Class service project, leading efforts for their blood drive. He participates in the work of the Greater Dayton Volunteer Lawyers Project and the Pro Bono Partnership Ohio, volunteering over 100 hours in 2021.

Barton also served on the 2022 Steering Committee for the annual Campaign for Equal Justice benefitting Legal Aid of Western Ohio; Advocates for Basic Legal Equality; and the Greater Dayton Volunteer Lawyers Project. In that capacity, he served as Co-Chair of the annual “Justice on Tap!” fundraiser.

“Joe exemplifies values of excellence, respect, candor and service,” said Jeff Cox, OSBF Life Fellow and Partner at Faruki PLL, in his nominating letter. “His community service engagements are exemplary of Joe's efforts and bode well for a long career as a leading attorney as well as one of servant leadership in our greater Dayton region. I commend him for  his efforts.”

Barton is a graduate of Miami University, and earned his law degree from the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. He received the OSBF’s Community Service Award for Attorneys 40 and Under on April 17 during a luncheon hosted by the Ohio State Bar Association in Troy.

“Receiving this award reminds me how grateful I am to have had dedicated parents, teachers, and professional mentors at every phase of my life and how important it is for me to carry that forward to others,” said Barton. “I believe that lawyers all have the incredible privilege, and therefore an obligation, to use our law licenses or other skills to help people when we can.”

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