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FEATURE

EVERY EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION HAS

BEEN VERY, VERY HELPFUL TO ME, BUT CHASE

WAS THE CATALYST FOR MY CAREER.

Karen Meyers

an illiterate, African-American gentleman who was employed as a concrete mopper and had lost a leg, had his pelvis and hip crushed by a truck, and was the father of 12 children, eight of them minors. His wife worked in a cafeteria.

“He told me ‘I prayed to God for an angel and God sent me you,’” Meyers recalled.

It was truly a win-win situation, Meyers said, as the plaintiff’s attorney “looked like a hero because she allowed it, and everyone, including the defendant and insurance company walked away feeling so good.”

Giving back by teaching

Meyers never forgets those who helped her, and teaches at Thomas More College as she had promised to do when she attended there as a Gardner Fellow and Presidential Scholar – a foundation that was set up for Ohio students by the man who

founded Blue Diamondhead matches in Middletown. The fellowship and scholarship paid for all expenses associated with her undergraduate degree, which she was able to complete remarkably in just three years. She also teaches at Miami University to which Joe Marcum of OCG introduced her as a volunteer in the graduate program conducted there for high school teachers by the Ohio Insurance Institute.

One of her fondest memories as a TMC student was being on hand to greet President Lyndon Baines Johnson when he came to Crestview Hills for the dedication of the new college in 1968.

She has faced many challenges in her various roles as a teacher, expert witness, consultant, wife, Red Cross volunteer, and board member, and risen to all of them with a passion that burns f e r v e n t l y.

“Out of personal tragedy came wonderful opportunities – a passion for helping the injured and their families and a tremendous respect for insurance companies, without whom most settlements would not happen,” she pointed out.

“Chase was perfect for me,” she added. “I wanted to work and the night school allowed me to do that. I went through with my brother Paul Meyers ’78. I was working for Baldwin at the time and the company funded my education.

“Every educational institution has been very, very helpful to me, but Chase was the catalyst for my career.”

And she is never far removed from the law school – both her partners, Tom Little ’83 and Matt Garretson ’98, are Chase graduates, too.

What’s next for this dedicated and energetic attorney – perhaps a Ph.D. or maybe even an M.D.?

The jury is still out. O

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