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April 13, 2023

Sarah Perez Honored with Community Service Award

Columbus, OH (April 2023) - The Ohio State Bar Foundation (OSBF) is pleased to announce Sarah Perez 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.

Sarah Perez is the managing partner of Perez Morris, the largest woman-owned law firm in Columbus. 

Perez launched the Overcomer Foundation to assist working economically disadvantaged single mothers overcome everyday struggles by providing mentors, resources, and connection points. Her work through the Overcomer Foundation has been instrumental in ensuring success for single mothers and their families.

Perez demonstrates the positive impact and influence attorneys can have in their communities when lawyers give back to the community. She is an outstanding advocate for underserved communities and a dedicated community leader. From eliminating homelessness, advancing diversity in the profession, and even working to provide access to fresh water in India, Perez goes above and beyond for the many causes she supports.

Perez is very active in her community and serves on the boards of numerous organizations including the National Association for Minority and Women-Owned Law Firms, the National Association of Women Business Owners, and Women for Economic Leadership Development. She is also a Trustee-At-Large for the Ohio Women’s Bar Association.

“Sarah is not just a legal and philanthropic leader, she has won many awards for community service, she regularly authors legal publications, and she and her firm are recognized as diversity champions,” said Susan DiMickele, SVP and General Counsel, National Church Residences in her nominating letter. “When I look to the future of the city of Columbus, I see Sarah Perez among its leaders. She is already making a difference in the lives of so many women!”

“This award means so much and it is a great honor. I serve out of love for my community and for those who work so hard but just need a small boost in life to achieve their goals,” said Perez. “To know even one life has breathed easier because of something I was able to do or give is what keeps me motivated. We put our time in what we value. Using my education, experience and network to lift others up is very important to me.”

Perez is a graduate of the Ohio State University and earned her law degree from Hofstra University School of Law. She received the OSBF’s Community Service Award for Attorneys 40 and Under on April 11 during a luncheon hosted by the Ohio State Bar Association in Columbus.

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