Kim F. Ebert
Ogletree Deakins Law Firm
2011 Corporate Philanthropy
The employees and management of Ogletree Deakins Law Firm were greatly moved by the unimaginable loss of lives, homes and businesses to the people of Japan, resulting from the devastating earthquakes and tsunami. The rebuilding expense alone is estimated to be in the billions.
Ogletree’s managing shareholder, Kim F. Ebert, led the firm’s initiative to match employee donations up to $50,000 indicating, “The Ogletree Deakins Law Firm has close and valued relationships with a large number of Japanese businesses and their employees. one of our shareholders, Michiharu Homma, is Japanese and has a practice which focuses on the Japanese business community. In view of the devastation experienced by our business partners and their families in the earthquake and tsunami, we made the decision very early on to be generous in our support of the relief effort.”
Each of Ogletree’s 40 offices throughout the country contributed to the cause, through either the American Red Cross or the Japan-American Society of Indiana (JASI). The firm has a long term relationship with JASI, with Kim Ebert serving on its board of directors, and Michi homma serving on its advisory board.
JASI’s Executive Director Theresa Kulczak acknowledged the contribution to ebert. “Again, we so much appreciate Ogletree Deakins’ generous support of the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund,” she said. As you know, it’s one of the largest contributions to the fund. We greatly appreciate your leadership, especially in the earliest days, which I’m sure influenced the contributions of other companies. Again, thank you for all you’ve done to lead this effort.”
It is the firm’s goal that its contributions will give much needed aid in restoring basic needs and services including food, shelter and electricity, as well as help businesses return to productive operations.
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