Emens & Wolper Law Firm opened its doors less than one month after the low of the Great Recession, so co-founder and partner Bea Wolper and her associates knew that many of their clients were facing difficult times.
“We asked what we could do to help them,” says Wolper. “Their answers gave us the blueprint for our firm. We heard what they wanted, and built our practice to fit their needs.”
Wolper was named one of 2010 Smart Leader honorees by Smart Business and Blue Technologies. We asked her how she delivers for clients, innovates and impacts clients.
In what ways are you an innovative leader, and how does your organization employ innovation to be on the leading edge?
By leaving downtown, we were able to reduce our hourly rate 30 percent, and had the flexibility to be more creative in our billing. Our firm, Emens & Wolper, quotes fixed fees for a variety of transactions, and also provides annual checklists for family businesses and estate checklists at no charge.
Like so many people, we do not venture out without the BlackBerry…and so we are extremely responsive-day or night – weekday or weekend. We give our cell phone numbers as well as home numbers so that our clients know they can always reach us.
How do you make a significant impact on the community and regional economy?
Family businesses are the backbone of the business community in Central Ohio and we help with their succession and business planning, including leadership training. We contribute countless hours to The Conway Center for Family Business , which has as its mission helping family business owners get to the next generation.
How to reach: Emens & Wolper, http://www.emenswolperlaw.com/
The Smart Leaders class of 2010
In August, 2010, Smart Business and Blue Technologies recognized 14 business leaders for their commitment to business excellence and the impact their organizations make on the regional community. Treated to a keynote address by TechColumbus CEO Ted Ford, these 14 leaders composed the honor roll:
- Michelle Adams, president, Prism Marketing
- Jeff Brock, general manager, The Loth Co.
- Tom Dailey, president, 2Checkout.com
- Jennifer Griffith, president, Commerce National Bank
- Darla King, owner and president, King Business Interiors
- Elizabeth Lessner, CEO, Betty’s Family of Restaurants
- Rick Milenthal, president, Engauge
- Michelle Mills, CEO, St. Stephen’s Community House
- Janis Mitchell, founder, president and CEO, Precise Resource
- Neil Mortine, president and CEO, Fahlgren Inc.
- Debra Penzone, president, Charles Penzone Family of Salons
- Joel Pizzuti, president, The Pizzuti Cos.
- Bea Wolper, partner, Emens & Wolper Law Firm
- Eric Zimmer, CEO, Tipping Point Renewable Energy