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Bob Angell Rejoins CWA Board of Directors

Monday, June 10, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Laura Allured
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Robert AngellThe Climbing Wall Association is pleased to welcome Bob Angell back to our Board of Directors. Bob is the principal and founding member of Angell Law Offices, LLC in Columbus, Ohio. Licensed in Ohio and Colorado, Bob previously worked for the office of the Ohio Attorney General as a federal court litigator and as general and trial counsel for several state agencies. He currently spends part of his professional time as an administrative hearing examiner for several state agencies and boards. In Colorado, he worked for the firm of Socha Perczak Setter & Anderson in asbestos defense litigation, and for the firm of Gordon and Melun in an of-counsel role.

 

Recreation law makes up an important part of Bob’s practice, and he has counseled a number of prominent climbing facilities in Ohio, Colorado, and elsewhere. Bob continues to be involved in regulatory initiatives involving climbing gyms in a number of states. In 2017, he drafted the new Ohio statute governing climbing facilities and participated in the successful effort to get the new law enacted.

 

Bob has been involved with the CWA since 2005, when he and CEO Bill Zimmermann intervened with the Ohio Department of Agriculture on behalf of a climbing gym. He served on the Board of Directors from 2006 to 2013, as Board secretary in 2012-13, and is the first former Board member to return to the Board. He also served as Association counsel in 2014. Bob presented at the CWA Summit from 2007 through 2015, and also presented at the ACCT annual conference in Houston in 2009 and in Boston in 2012.

 

Bob said in a statement, “I’m very happy to be working with Bill and the Board again. Legal, regulatory, and insurance issues continue to be of great importance to the industry. We believe that by simplifying and streamlining government involvement in sport climbing, we can help reduce the costs of operations and make climbing more inexpensive and accessible to everyone.”

 

Outside of his legal work, Bob spent 22 years as a health care mission volunteer coordinator. He and his wife helped raise funds for the construction, equipping, and staffing of an optometry clinic in Haiti, and worked as volunteers in the clinic. Bob is a former professional musician and a member of the American Federation of Musicians and Broadcast Music, Inc. In his spare time, Bob enjoys playing and recording music in his home studio, traveling, and spending time with his five grandchildren.


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