Eli Sperry in the Dayton Daily News on Friday, May 20 of 2016:
Eli Sperry of Belmont respects the dedication and hard work of police officers, firefighters and first responders. He provides pro bono legal services for them through Wills for Heroes, a Greater Dayton Volunteer Lawyers Project.
That is just one of several reasons he was recognized as one of Dayton Business Journal’s “Forty Under 40” this year. The winners were invited to an awards banquet on May 19 at the Schuster Center.
“I was definitely surprised when I found out I received this award, because there are about 200 worthwhile individuals who are nominated,” said Sperry, 34.
Sperry joined the Pickrel, Schaeffer & Ebeling law firm on Feb. 2, 2015. He’s an associate in the Probate and Estate Planning Department in the Kettering Tower downtown. Prior to that, he worked for five years at Hollencamp & Hollencamp. He’s a 2008 University of Dayton graduate, and he’s been helping out with the Wills for Heroes program the past five years.
“A lot of people we get are younger. They really don’t think about their mortality even though they are in dangerous professions,” said Sperry, 34. “If we make it free, they are more likely to come and get some estate planning done.”