Frantz Ward is pleased to share that Keith Ashmus
, Partner in the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice, is the recipient of the Dame Cicely Saunders Blue Diamond Award selected by Hospice of the Western Reserve. This award is named after the founder of the modern hospice movement and is being awarded based on Keith’s similar vision and spirit advocating for hospice patients for more than 40 years. This award will be presented to Keith on Friday, October 4 at the Blue Diamond Celebration
, a benefit for Hospice of the Western Reserve, at Executive Caterers at Landerhaven.
Hospice of the Western Reserve, celebrating its 40th
anniversary this year, provides palliative and end-of-life care, caregiver support and bereavement services throughout Northern Ohio. The nonprofit agency strives to relieve suffering, enhance comfort, promote quality of life, foster choice in end-of-life care and support effective grieving. Care is provided wherever the patient calls home, including private residences, assisted living communities, nursing facilities and hospitals. Three in-patient hospice care units (hospice houses) are available when intensive symptom management is needed, and for the final days.
Keith has been an active volunteer and pioneer for hospice patients for decades. In 1982, he received the Heart of Hospice Award from the National Hospice Organization for creating the nation’s first Hospice Lawyer Volunteer Program. He is tirelessly devoted to the Hospice of the Western Reserve and has served on multiple committees and been involved in capital projects, including the vision, site selection and opening of the Ames Hospice House in Westlake.
Keith’s law practice focuses on employment law and business law, as well as mediation and arbitration cases around the nation. He is nationally recognized as a respected advocate and a trustworthy neutral. Keith is a Past President of the Ohio State Bar Association and a Past Chairman of both the Labor Law Section and the ADR Committee of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association. He is recognized as Best Lawyers
’ “2016 Lawyer of the Year” in Labor Law-Management in Cleveland and named to The Best Lawyers in America and the Top 100 Ohio Super Lawyers lists. Keith is a recognized advocate for small business, having served as Chair of both the Council of Smaller Enterprises and the National Small Business Association, and currently represents Ohio on the federal Small Business Regulatory Fairness Board. He has testified before the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives Committees, as well as the Ohio General Assembly, in support of small business positions. Keith has also devoted time to other nonprofit organizations including The Salvation Army, Vocational Guidance Services, and the Bay Village Foundation. He earned his B.A., with High Honors, from Michigan State University, an M.A. from the Eli Broad College of Business from Michigan State University and a J.D. from Yale Law School.