Ken Bravo '67: Building a Legacy of Leadership and Service
He is smart, intense, innovative, a multi-tasker, and even a succession planner. In other words, Ken Bravo '67 is a leader. His profession, his alma mater, and his community are among the many beneficiaries of his commitment to serve.
Like most leaders, Ken Bravo '67 is not content to sit on the sidelines. The intensity that characterizes his successful litigation practice also typifies his leadership within the profession. His involvement in the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) is a good example.
Ken has just completed a three-year term on the OSBA Board of Governors where he served as chair of the Board's Government Affairs Committee. He was also actively involved in the Federal Courts Committee, helping to plan the 2002 Bench Bar Conference, which was jointly convened by the Supreme Court of Ohio and the Ohio Judicial Conference. He served on a special committee to review the Ohio Futures Commission report and has served as a member of the Council of Delegates for more than a decade. In addition, he has served on the Antitrust Section Board of Directors for six years. Wanting to do even more, Ken has announced that he is a 2005 candidate for OSBA president-elect.
Despite a busy trial schedule, Ken finds time to lead at the local bar level as well. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the Federal Bar Association's Northern District of Ohio Chapter. Joe Dattilo '73, past president of the Northern District Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, found Ken, "A person whom I could always count upon not only for his hard work on behalf of the Bar, but also for his common sense approach and for the good counsel that he provided." In addition, Ken has chaired the Federal Court Committee for both the Cuyahoga County and Cleveland Bar Associations.
A member of the Moritz National Alumni Council since 1990, Ken has provided important advice and counsel to three deans. As chairman of the Council's Awards Selection Committee, he observed first-hand the caliber of Moritz alumni. "They are captains of industry, managing partners of some of the nation's most influential firms, and senior managers of public interest, service, and government organizations," says Ken.
An innovator, Ken was the driving force in creating the Northern Ohio Advisory Committee of alumni who work to organize alumni events, increase Moritz visibility, and create employment opportunities for new graduates. "We all have a stake in the future of the College, " says Ken, "As Moritz rises, graduates rise with it." Dean Rogers hopes to replicate the group's success in other cities nationwide.
A consummate multi-tasker, Ken mixes business with pleasure when he can. In 2004, he combined a summer trip to London with a visit to the Moritz Oxford study program. Ken will be combining his visit to Columbus to speak at hooding with his attendance at the annual OSBA dinner and will become the first hooding speaker to be wearing black tie under academic regalia.
A proponent of succession planning, Ken is training the next generation of alumni leaders in his firm. Says Ulmer & Berne associate Suzanne Duddy '00, "Ken is always keeping me informed about events and opportunities to become involved with Moritz, including event planning." Also following in Ken's footsteps is son Eric Bravo '90. A Moritz alumnus, he practices with Roetzel & Andress in Columbus.
A host of Cleveland community groups have benefited from Ken's leadership. He is a two-term president of the Ohio Council of the Alzheimer's Association, a public policy coalition of all Ohio Chapters. In 2000, Ken was honored with the Association's Arlene L. Ellis Volunteer Service Award. Ken has served on the Board of Trustees for the Park Synagogue, Bureau of Jewish Education, Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland, Gross Schechter Day School, and the Cleveland Jewish News.
"As citizens, we all share an obligation to serve our communities," says Ken, "As lawyers, we have special skills to contribute." This fall, as part of his campaign for president-elect of the OSBA, Ken has visited nine state bar association district meetings and at each, he finds lawyers involved in a wide variety of community service roles. He maintains that bar associations need to do a better job of educating the public about the service contributions of lawyers in their respective communities.
Ken's life reflects Winston Churchill's observation that, "We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give." It is that spirit Ken hopes to inspire in Moritz' most recent graduates.