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Scott R. Mote, Esq.

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Scott R. Mote, Esq., is Executive Director of the Ohio Lawyers Assistance Program, Inc. (OLAP), an Ohio nonprofit incorporated in 1991, and granted IRC 501(c)(3) status in 1992. A recovering alcoholic since January 7, 1985, Scott began volunteering with the Ohio State Bar Association's (OSBA) Lawyers Assistance Committee (LAC) in September 1985. He has been involved with the LAC/OLAP for over 30 years, serving as OLAP's first Associate Director beginning in 1995, and becoming Executive Director in March 1999.  

Scott has made over 700 presentations to lawyers, judges and law students, including the annual conventions of the OSBA, the Ohio Judicial Conference, the Ohio Judicial College, the Oho Ethics Commission, the American Bar Association Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs (ABA CoLAP), the National Organization of Bar Counsel, and the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers.   He has facilitated over 150 interventions, and oversees four other chemical dependency and mental health professionals.  Statistically, OLAP opens a new file nearly every day across the state.


Prior to making OLAP a fulltime endeavor in June 2007, Scott was a general practice lawyer and civil litigator for over 30 years, the last 18 as a founding partner of Harris, McClellan, Binau & Cox PLL, Columbus, where he is Of Counsel.


Awards: OSBA's Ohio Bar Medal (2006; its highest award for service to the profession); OSBA's Eugene R. Weir Award for Ethics and Professionalism (2010); Columbus Bar Association's Award of Merit (2005); Capital University Law School Alumni of the Year (2013).


Education: B.A. cum laude, Wright State University, 1972; M.A., University of Dayton, 1973; J.D., Capital University Law School, 1977.  


Admitted to practice: Ohio, 1977; U.S. District Court, S.D. Ohio, 1977; Florida, 1978; U.S. District Court, N.D. Ohio, 1978; United States Supreme Court, 1987.


Professional: American Bar Association (Legal Education & Admissions to the Bar Section; Senior Lawyers Section); Commissioner, ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs (2010-2013); Ohio State Bar Association (Council of Delegates, District 7 (1997-);  Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law Section; Senior Lawyer Section); Columbus Bar Association (Admissions (Chair 1994-96) & Probate Committees);  The Florida Bar (Out-of-State Practitioners Division); Ohio State Bar Foundation (Life Fellow); Columbus Bar Foundation; Central Ohio Association for Justice; Central Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; Federalist Society.


Hobbies/Avocations: Golf, hunting, trap, skeet and sporting clays shooting, fishing, reading and observing the arts.


Scott married Gretchen Koehler Mote, an attorney, on October 15, 1977. Their daughter, Elizabeth A. Mote, was admitted to the Ohio bar in November 2010, and practices in Columbus.  

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