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Jerry O. Allen to be honored as 2013 David D. White Award winner

12/5/2012  - 

Jerry O. Allen, a 1984 Capital University Law School graduate and partner at Bricker & Eckler LLP, has been selected to be the 2013 David D. White Award recipient.

The reception will be 5-7 p.m. Thursday, March 7, at host Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP, in the Huntington Center, 41 S. High St., in Columbus. The event will be sponsored by the Capital University Law School African American Law Alumni Association and Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP.

The reception is $50 per person; $40 of that cost is a tax-deductible contribution to the David D. White Scholarship Endowment. Register online or call 614-236-6601 by Friday, Feb. 22.

Allen is a partner in Bricker & Eckler LLP’s tax, trusts and estates group and chair of the firm’s nonprofit organizations practice group. He practices in the areas of taxation, with an emphasis on nonprofit organizations, federal tax controversy, federal tax compliance and state real property tax matters.

“He has reached the pinnacle of his career by becoming a partner at one of Ohio’s most prestigious law firms, while continuing to expand his professional expertise in the legal areas of business, tax and nonprofit organizations,” said nominator J. Thomas Siwo, a 2011 Capital University Law School graduate. “Through his participation in (Bricker’s executive and diversity committees,) Mr. Allen has been instrumental in recruiting Capital Law students, among others, and helping set the firm’s priorities. Jerry epitomizes the attributes of David D. White and has been an influential figure to many law students and practitioners.”

He has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America in tax law from 2005-12, and received the Columbus Bar Association’s Community Service Award in 1996. He previously worked as an attorney in the Office of Chief Counsel for the Internal Revenue Service National Office in Washington, D.C., and is past co-chair of the American Bar Association’s Health Law Section Subcommittee on Issues Affecting Tax-Exempt Organizations.

Allen is a past member of Capital’s African-American Law Alumni Association and the Board of Counselors.

Allen is active in the community, serving as a member of the Columbus College of Art & Design Board of Trustees; a member of the Ohio Association of Nonprofit Organizations Board of Directors; and a member of the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts Board of Directors.

He is a past member of the Columbus Museum of Art Board of Trustees; past president of the hospice for Riverside and Grant hospitals; past vice chairman of the Greater Columbus Arts Council; past trustee of The Columbus Zoo; and past president of The King Arts Complex.

In addition to graduating cum laude as a member of the Order of the Curia from Capital University Law School, Allen received an LL.M. in Taxation from New York University and his bachelor’s degree from Capital University.

Allen is the author of numerous works, including “Helping Physicians Obtain Medical Malpractice Insurance Furthers Charitable Purposes, IRS Rules” in the Exempt Organization Tax Review and Tax Notes Today; “Solving the Low Income Tax Credit Housing Partnership Dilemma” in Exempt Organization Tax Review and Tax Notes Today; “Look Before You Leap: The Tax Consequences of Golden Parachute Payments” for International Legal Strategy; “Residency of Asset Protection Trusts: IRS Issues New Regulations” for Offshore Finance USA; and “Taxation of Investment Income from Offshore Trusts and Other Foreign Entities” for Offshore Finance USA.

For 24 years Capital University Law School and the African American Law Alumni Association have presented the David D. White Award to individuals who have made a significant contribution to the African American community. The award is presented at an annual reception hosted by a Columbus area law firm or organization. This event helps support the David D. White Scholarship Endowment at Capital University Law School, created in 1989 by the African American Law Alumni Association.

The award and scholarship memorialize the outstanding accomplishments of the Law School’s first African American graduate, David D. White. Mr. White graduated from the Columbus School of Law (now Capital University Law School) in 1931. The first African American attorney licensed to practice in Columbus, Mr. White practiced for more than 57 years as a partner in the firm of Bell, White and Ross. He was a member of the Columbus Bar Association Board of Governors, the Ohio Public Defender Commission, the Ohio State Bar Association’s Council of Delegates and the Ohio Civil Rights Commission. Mr. White passed away in 1992. He was among the first inductees into the Law School's Hall of Honor.