In the first occurrence of the event for 2022, the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce held its first Business After Hours on Wednesday, Jan. 12.

This regular event, which was only recently reinstated by the Chamber, proves to be an excellent way for local business owners to gather and network, promote, and discuss their ventures in fun, engaging settings. The Business After Hours was held at Hubbard and Daniels, CPAs, located at 400 Main St. in Jackson.

Several local business owners attended, congregated, and interacted in the recently refurbished lobby of the building and enjoyed refreshments provided by owners Lee Hubbard and Susan Daniels. Also present for the gathering was guest speaker David Riepenhoff, a partner at Fishel, Downey, Albrecht and Riepenhoff, LLP of Columbus.

Although Riepenhoff now lives and works in the Columbus area, he grew up in the Wellston area and is the son of Jay Riepenhoff and Dorothy Riepenhoff. David graduated from Wellston High School in 1995.

Riepenhoff, having received his law degree from Capital University and a Bachelor of Arts from Otterbein University, also served on Capital University’s Law Review. He is licensed to practice in both Ohio and South Carolina as well as before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. District Courts of Ohio, and also conducts training throughout Ohio on a variety of legal topics. He teaches in the Otterbein MBA and undergraduate Business Administration programs as an adjunct professor of Business Law, Ethical Leadership, Communications and Negotiations, and is a recipient of the Otterbein Part-Time Faculty Award for teaching in the discipline. Riepenhoff also served as the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Development Board President, Vice President, Treasurer, and twice chaired its Rock N’ Bowl Committee.

Most notably, Riepenhoff was recently named to the 2018-2022 Super Lawyers and the 2007, 2010-2017 Rising Star listings in the Super Lawyers magazine, which recognizes the top lawyers of Ohio.

“I’m honored to be considered by my peers,” said Riepenhoff on these distinguished accolades, “and also by lawyers of competing groups. I’m thankful for the staff at our firm and, of course, I’d like to extend the same congratulations to our other members, who received the same honors.”

Benjamin Albrecht, Daniel Downey and Marc Fishel were also named to the Super Lawyers listing and Angelica Jarmusz and Stephanie Schoolcraft were noted as Rising Stars. All are staff at Fishel, Downey, Albrecht and Riepenhoff, LLP.

Riepenhoff gave a detailed presentation before the many businessmen of the Jackson Area, titled “New Year’s Resolutions for Employers.” Explaining several SMART goals, Riepenhoff outlined numerous changes that businesses might make to facilitate better and more defensible employment practices. Emphasizing points such as specifying job descriptions, conducting discrimination and harassment training, and reviewing pay practices, Riepenhoff’s brief seminar kept his listeners engaged and informed. Afterward, Riepenhoff stayed to hear questions and give advice for those of the crowd who wished it.

In addition to his parents who still live in Jackson County, David has two brothers: Joe Riepenhoff of Worthington and Arthur Riepenhoff of Chicago; and one sister, Dorothy Riepenhoff Lloyd of Jackson. David and his wife, Emily, reside in Westerville and they have two sons: Ethan, 15, and William, 11.