Dinsmore Remembers Nicholas C. Hollenkamp

May 23, 2013News Releases
It is with great sadness that the law firm of Dinsmore & Shohl LLP reports the passing of partner Nicholas C. Hollenkamp. Hollenkamp, known as one of the most respected and seasoned trial lawyers in Dayton, passed away on May 20 at the age of 76. Hollenkamp ended his career as an Of Counsel attorney with Dinsmore in their Dayton office.

Known for his attention to detail and absolute dedication to clients, Hollenkamp is remembered for the high standards he set for himself, and for those who worked with him. A 1964 graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Law, Hollenkamp began his law career with the Dayton firm of Turner, Wells, Granzow and Spayd, which would eventually become Turner, Granzow & Hollenkamp. He served as managing partner of the firm for nearly 16 years before its merger with Dinsmore in 1998.

Hollenkamp’s practice encompassed a number of areas, including corporate, business planning, mergers & acquisitions, banking, real estate and litigation. He represented a variety of businesses, both in Dayton and throughout the country, and was widely considered one of the best trial lawyers in the city. In fact, his reputation in the courtroom was the driving reason he was hand-selected by a judge to handle a highly-publicized criminal proceeding involving kidnapping and homicide, despite not having previous experience in those areas.

“He was kind of a renaissance man, because he was able to handle just about anything,” said Jim Gottman, managing partner of Dinsmore’s Dayton office and a colleague of Hollenkamp’s for 28 years. “He was devoted to his practice, but he had a great sense of humor as well. He was just a true professional, and everybody in the Dayton legal community held him in high regard.”

Outside of his practice, Hollenkamp was active in the community. He was especially passionate about the St. Joseph Children’s Treatment Center, where he served on the Board of Directors and as Board President. Hollenkamp also served on the Board of Managers for the U.S. Air Force Museum Foundation as well as on the Board of the Weston Wabash Foundation, and as Master (later Master Emeritus) of the Carl D. Kessler Inn of Court mentoring program for lawyers. In 2001, he was honored with the prestigious Honorable Walter H. Rice Honorary Alumni Award from the University of Dayton School of Law for his professional and community service.

He is survived by his life partner of 30 years, Donna Evick, five children, 13 grandchildren and three sisters.

Nicholas will be greatly missed by all who knew and worked with him.

- From Dinsmore & Shohl LLP