Emens, Wolper, Jacobs & Jasin

New firm president Kelly Jasin and founding partner Beatrice Wolper

Family business law firm Emens, Wolper, Jacobs & Jasin in Columbus announced March 1 that Kelly Jasin, a partner at the firm, will take over as the firm’s president from founding partner Beatrice Wolper.

“I have spent decades teaching the owners of family businesses how to prepare for a successful transition and then, in turn, let go,” Wolper, who will become the firm’s CEO, said in a news release. “It became abundantly clear to me some time ago that Kelly, who is like a daughter to me, had the skill set and leadership ability we need as our next president. With that in mind, we started transitioning firm management to her over the last couple of years. Now, we are ready for Kelly to take over and I’m confident she will run this firm as I have, putting our clients and our own people first.”

Jasin joined the firm in 2011 and became a partner in 2015. Her appointment as president was the unanimous choice of the firm’s four partners and remains one of the region’s few women-owned law firms, the release said. Wolper was featured in the Columbus Jewish News’ March 24 law listings.

The firm is also closely connected to the Conway Center for Family Business. Founded by Wolper and her husband Dick Emens in 1998, the center assists family businesses with the challenges and opportunities these family-lead organizations face as they grow.

Wolper assumed the center presidency in 2021 and will retain this position.

“At both the Conway Center and the firm, our passion and purpose is to serve family businesses in the community and to be a valuable resource. With Kelly at the helm, I have no doubt this commitment will continue,” Wolper said.