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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Member Spotlight: Vincent T. Lombardo

Alyssa Giannirakis

Member Spotlight: Vincent T. Lombardo

Name: Vincent T. Lombardo

Occupation: Retired Attorney

Neighborhood where you live: Cleveland/Shaker Square Area

Tell us a bit about yourself:

I have been married to Barbara J. Stanford, an artist, since 1982. I practiced law for 30 years, 27 as an assistant Ohio attorney general, and have been retired since 2011.

I am very active in the Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association. I am a Past President, Honorary Trustee, and Life Member, and I co-chair the Committee that organizes its Annual Recognition Luncheon. We had almost 1,000 people attend the 2019 Luncheon! I have also mentored law students since 1991.

My wife and I love the Cleveland Museum of Art and visit it often, and we love the Cleveland Orchestra. We have subscriptions for both Severance Hall and Blossom.

I enjoy reading history, biography, and mysteries, and watching shows on PBS like “Call the Midwife” (my favorite show!), “Victoria on Masterpiece”, “Frontline”, and “The American Experience”. I also like watching "Frasier" and "Perry Mason" -- we own the entire DVD set of both series.

How long have you been a member of the City Club?

Since October 30, 2015. I am a City Club regular! I attend all of the Friday forums and sit on the Membership Committee, and I helped organize a Friday forum on the plight of first generation college students and 4 ConstitutionALE forums.

Tell us about a recent forum that you enjoyed:

It is so hard to choose!!! I enjoy almost every forum that I attend. But my all-time favorite was the 2017 Annual Meeting featuring legendary First Amendment lawyer Floyd Abrams. He eloquently described how the First Amendment is NOT a “feel good” Amendment because it provides, as Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. said, “freedom for the thought that we hate”.

Why you are a member of the City Club?

I am a City Club member because I support freedom of speech and engaging in civil discourse about important issues, and I find the City Club very intellectually stimulating. The City Club is like going to college: you hear a lecture, you can ask a question, and you share a meal with interesting people. Only the food is better at the City Club!

What’s one of your favorite ‘hidden gems’ in Greater Cleveland? (restaurant, park, attraction, museum, etc.)

It is not so hidden – The City Club of Cleveland! Informative, entertaining, good food, and great company, particularly the staff!

What tip would you share with someone who is attending their first forum at the City Club?

Don’t be shy! Introduce yourself to the people at your table and get to know them. The City Club attracts interesting people and is a great place to network!

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Tom Weil - July 01, 2019

I sit next to Vince at lunch. He is an important part of our table 13, greets all newcomers and is a fount of knowledge.

Vincent T. Lombardo - June 28, 2019

WOW! Thanks so much, City Club -- I am touched and flattered! Join The City Club of Cleveland!

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