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Brush honored for outstanding community service

Columbus, OH  – Attorney Michael P. Brush received the Ohio State Bar Foundation’s District 2 Community Service Award for Attorneys 40 and Under on Thursday, April 14, at the Crown Plaza in Dayton.  

Before opening his own firm in Dayton, Brush worked for the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office where he successfully prosecuted over 400 felony cases. For the next four years, he worked for a large law firm in Dayton, Ohio. Now a partner in Miller Walker & Brush, Brush says, “The law spoke to me like nothing else. During a trial, I can tap into my natural love of public speaking and storytelling. I often view the law as a play – where the script it written – but the outcome is based on doing what is right for my client with the best of my abilities.”

Outside of the office, Brush donates his time to numerous organizations including Big Brothers, Big Sisters of the Greater Miami Valley. In 2013, Brush received the Dayton Volunteer Citizen of the Year Award for his fundraising work for Big Brothers Big Sisters and his mentoring of “little brother” Carlos as he struggled through junior high. 

Brush says, “When Big Brother asked Carlos and me to rappel down the 27 stories of Dayton’s KeyBank building in its fundraising event called Over the Edge, I really had to put on my game face. Carlos was gung-ho, and I was anything but.  I really didn’t want to be the last and only people to go over the edge in the dark and the rain that day, but I took the leap of faith that Carlos would follow me - probably a good metaphor for all of us who get out of our comfort zone when giving back to our communities.”

In addition to his work with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Brush is a board member of Snuggled Up, Inc. and the Mark A. Kreusch Memorial Fund. Professionally, he is active in the Dayton Bar Association and currently chairs its Criminal Law Committee.

Brush received his Bachelor of Science from Wright State University and his law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

About the Award

The Community Service Award for Attorneys 40 and Under is presented to attorneys, 40 years of age or younger, who contribute substantial time and effort in service to a local social service or to a local civil, artistic or cultural organization.  The service must be outside the recipients’ practice of law and given without compensation.  Emphasis is placed on current service.  Recipients represent the ideals of the legal profession and, by example, are a credit to the profession.

About the Ohio State Bar Foundation

The Ohio State Bar Foundation is a 501(c) (3) public charity that works to advance the law and build a better justice system.  Through our grants and programs, we educate and perform outreach to the public to make the law fair for all Ohioans.  For more information about the Ohio State Bar Foundation, please visit www.osbf.net.

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