Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP is pleased to announce that Taft partner Robert E. Rich will be inducted into the University of Kentucky, College of Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame on Oct. 11. Rich received this honor having demonstrated distinguished professional accomplishments, outstanding character and commitment to community service. Rich, along with The Honorable Albert B. Chandler, Dr. Marcus T. McEllistrem, Dr. Paul G. Sears and Dr. Jane Vance, will join the ranks of the current 32 alumni and eight emeritus faculty A&S Hall of Fame Members.
Rich is a partner in Taft’s Private Client and Health and Life Sciences groups. He practices in tax, health care law and estate planning. Rich received his B.A. from the University of Kentucky and his J.D. from Harvard University. In 2007, the Cincinnati Bar Foundation named Rich the co-recipient of the John W. Warrington Community Service Award for his decades of volunteer and community service. He was also a founding member and past chair of the A&S Alumni Advisory Board and is former president of the Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) Executive Committee Board, the Cincinnati Bar Foundation, Lighthouse Youth Services Inc. and the Kentucky YMCA Youth Association. He is currently a Volunteer Associate Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. Rich is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and named an Ohio Super Lawyer by Cincinnati Magazine.
Rich has a deep and abiding interest in Kentucky and its history, culture and geography. He has a particular interest in the eastern Appalachian mountain region, where he has devoted much time and attention. Rich was involved in the organization of the Center for Rural Development in Somerset and has served as its long-term legal counsel. His involvement with the history and culture of the mountains led to his passion for getting to know the entire region by hiking the Appalachian Trail. He is doing that in sections and recently completed 2,000 miles from Georgia to Maine. Rich currently resides in Wyoming, Ohio.