AKRON, OH — Shumaker Partner Lucas M. Blower has graduated from the Leadership Akron Program as a member of Signature Class 39. Leadership Akron’s Signature Program presents an unparalleled opportunity for leaders to see beyond their own spheres to the broader interests of the community. Participants of the 10-month program develop a working knowledge of Greater Akron across sectors and learn to appreciate the diverse perspectives of their classmates, resulting in a corps of leaders equipped to advance the community.
“Leadership Akron’s graduates form meaningful bonds with their classmates and fellow alumni, empowering them to drive change in our community. As the current board chair of Leadership Akron, I was delighted to celebrate with Lucas and all of Class 39 as they begin a new chapter in their leadership journey,” said Amanda Leffler, Managing Partner of Shumaker’s Akron office and Board Chair of Leadership Akron.
“I have great respect for the program, my fellow Signature Class members, and alumni who made Leadership Akron such a meaningful experience,” said Lucas. “Moving forward, I am excited to continue to develop, connect, and inspire diverse leaders to serve as a catalyst in building a strong and vibrant community.”
Lucas provides strategic business advice when successfully representing policyholders in liability insurance recovery actions, clients in products liability and class-action lawsuits, and title insurance companies in disputes with financial institutions. His vast experience includes handling large, complex litigation matters and significant appellate matters.
Certified as a Specialist in Insurance Coverage Law by the Ohio State Bar Association, Lucas regularly represents policyholders in cases against their insurers, including those involving underlying claims of environmental and products liability, in which he has helped clients recover tens of millions of dollars. He also has experience as national coordinating defense counsel in complex litigation, including leading e-discovery efforts, handling discovery disputes, taking and defending scores of depositions, and drafting multiple motions for summary judgment. Lucas has represented clients in trials to the bench, jury trials that went to verdict, and in a wide range of commercial disputes, as well as those at the intermediate appellate level.