A local attorney was recognized Wednesday for her community service.
Elisa Harmon of Napoleon was presented the Ohio State Bar Foundation Community Service Award for Attorneys 40 and Under during the Ohio State Bar Association District 3 Luncheon meeting at The Armory Arts and Events Center.
In the community, Harmon serves the Henry County Chamber of Commerce on the Executive Board and Tourism Committee. The chamber works with professionals in business and industry to attract, develop and maintain businesses in Henry County.
Harmon is also a member and past president of the Henry County Community Foundation, which facilitates programs and growth of charitable organizations. Since it was created, the foundation has awarded more than $150,000 in grants and scholarships.
She is also a member of Napoleon Public Library Board. Previously, she also served on the board of the local CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocate) and was a Cloverbud leader for North Flordia 4-H group.
“I think doing things locally is the biggest way to make an impact,” Harmon said, adding she feels it’s important to give back. “You want to enjoy the community that you’re in so you should do ... as much as you can.”
In an interview with the Ohio State Bar Foundation, Harmon said being a self-employed lawyer has given her the flexibility to give back, plus her profession facilitates meeting new people.
“My profession has me interacting with so many different people in so many areas that it allows me to find relationships and connections for people and organizations that might not otherwise get connected,” Harmon said.
A native of Napoleon, Harmon graduated from Capital University in 2002 and was commissioned into the U.S. Army as a military intelligence officer. By receiving an educational delay to attend law school, Harmon graduated from The University of Toledo College of Law in 2005, after which she served in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps on active duty until 2010 when her family returned to Henry County.
Harmon is currently a partner at Rupp, Wesche, Hagans, Bohmer, Newton & Harmon, LLP in Napoleon, and her practice areas include real estate matters, contracts, estate planning and business formation and operation. Harmon and her husband have three children and live in Napoleon.