BMB ATTORNEYS

ATTORNEY ROBERT C. MEEKER
Senior Partner/President since 1977
AREAS OF PRACTICE
- Personal Injury (Car Accident, Slip & Fall, Defective Product, Unsafe Premises)
- Medical Malpractice
- Wrongful Death
- Criminal
- Business Litigation
BACKGROUND
After serving as assistant prosecutor in the Summit County Prosecutor’s office, Mr. Meeker entered the private practice of law in 1972 and associated with Mr. Blakemore in  1973. In 1977, he became a partner in the predecessor firm to Blakemore, Meeker, & Bowler. He is a graduate of St. Vincent High School and the University of Notre Dame. He received his juris doctor degree in law from the University of Akron School of Law.
Mr. Meeker was a standout athlete in high school and college, including starting two years on the University of Notre Dame football team. He has continued his efforts in support of youth athletics as both a basketball coach and football coach in the Catholic Youth Organization which he also served as a trustee. He is the founder of the Summit Sports Luncheon Club and past president of the Dapper Dan Club and Notre Dame Club of Akron.
Since 1977, he has been a member of the board of trustees of Edwin Shaw Hospital which he also chaired. Mr. Meeker also sits on the board of trustees of St. Vincent-St. Mary High School.
Mr. Meeker specializes in personal injury and medical malpractice. He is a member of the Akron, Ohio and American Bar Association and the Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyer. Additionally, Mr. Meeker has been selected as an Ohio Super Lawyer.
Education:
University of Akron School of Law, Akron, Ohio J.D.
University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana
Professional Associations and Memberships:
Catholic Youth Organization- Basketball and Football Coach/Trustee
Summit Sports Luncheon Club- Founder
Dapper Dan Club- Past President
Notre Dame Club of Akron
Edwin Shaw Hospital- Board of Trustees (1977-Present)
St. Vincent – St. Mary High School- Board of Trustees
Akron Bar Association- Member
Ohio Bar Association- Member
American Bar Association- Member
Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers- Member
2011 Ohio Super Lawyer
Past Employment Positions:
Summit County Prosecutor’s Office, Assistant Prosecutor
State of Ohio, Assistant Attorney General- 1968-1972


ATTORNEY MICHAEL B. BOWLER
Senior Partner
AREAS OF PRACTICE
- Criminal 
- DUI/DWI/OVI
- Employment Law
- Personal Injury
BACKGROUND
Michael B. Bowler earned his law degree at the University of Akron School of Law in 1973, following his service in the United States Army in Vietnam. He is a graduate of Revere High School and the University of Cincinnati.
After serving a a police legal advisor in the Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio Municipal Court, as Municipal Court Prosecutor in Cuyahoga Falls and as an assistant Prosecutor for Summit County, Mr. Bowler joined Mr. Blakemore and Mr. Meeker in private practice in 1980.
He is a member of the Akron, Ohio and American Bar Associations, the Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers and the American Trial Lawyers Association
Education:
University of Akron School of Law, Akron, Ohio J.D.
University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio
Professional Associations and Memberships:
Akron Bar Association- Member
Ohio Bar Association- Member
American Bar Association- Member
Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers- Member
American Association for Justice- Member
Karman Rubber- Board of Directors
Past Employment Positions:
United States Army, Vietnam
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio Municipal Court, Police Legal Advisor
Cuyahoga Falls, Municipal Court Prosecutor
Summit County, Assistant Prosecutor


ATTORNEY RICHARD V. ZURZ
AREAS OF PRACTICE
- Domestic
- Custody & Visitation
- Family Law
BACKGROUND
Judge Zurz has had a distinguished career as assistant city prosecutor, assistant law director for the City of Akron and as a jurist, serving as judge of the Summit County Court of Common Pleas, Domestic Relation Division, from 1974-1991. After his graduation from Ohio Northern University Law School in 1953, he was in the private practice of law and served as solicitor for the Village of Norton and Munroe Falls and Franklin Township until he was appointed judge.
He returned to the private practice of law in 1992 when he joined Blakemore, Meeker, & Bowler. Judge Zurz is a member of the Ohio Bar association and the Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers.
Education:
Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law, Ada, Ohio 1953 J.D.
Professional Associations and Memberships:
Ohio Bar Association- Member
Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers- Member
Past Employment Positions:
City of Akron, Assistant City Prosecutor
City of Akron, Assistant Law Director
Summit County Court of Common Pleas, Domestic Relation Division        Judge, 1974-1991
Village of Munroe Falls, Solicitor



ATTORNEY BEN T. MANAYAN JR.
AREAS OF PRACTICE
·   General civil litigation, motions and appeals in Federal Courts and administrative proceedings, including Social Security claims.
 BACKGROUND
Mr. Manayan earned his law degree from the University of Akron School of Law in 1990.  After graduating from law school, Mr. Manayan practiced law in the State of Hawaii until his relocation to Akron, Ohio in 2000. Areas of practice included general civil litigation and administrative proceedings, immigration, real estate contracts, personal injury, trusts and estates, probate, worker’s compensation, collections, discriminatory practices and family law.  Mr. Manayan is a graduate of St. Louis High School, Honolulu, Hawaii, and California State University at Northridge, Northridge, California.
EDUCATION:
·      University of Akron School of Law, Akron, Ohio.
·      California State University at Northridge, Northridge, California.
 PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS
·   Legal Advisor, United Filipino Council of Hawaii, Honolulu
·      Hawaii.Legal Advisor, Pasuquinio Association of Hawaii, Honolul,
·      Hawaii.Legal Advisor, Women’s Community Action League of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii.
·      Hawaii State Bar Association.

ATTORNEY BLAISE R. MEEKER
Following in the footsteps of his father, Blaise R. Meeker, began working with Blakemore, Meeker, & Bowler Co., L.P.A. in 2007 as a law clerk and eventually a paralegal. After graduating from the University of Akron School of Law and being sworn in as an attorney, he has dedicated his practice to serving and protecting the rights of the hard working citizens of Akron, Ohio and the surrounding communities. Blaise practices in several different areas of law including personal injury, criminal defense, family law, and business litigation.

Blaise was born and raised in Akron, Ohio and graduated from St. Vincent St. Mary High School, where he played on the National Championship team with LeBron James. Subsequently, Blaise pursued his undergraduate degree at Kent State University, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Blaise then went on to pursue his law degree at Akron with his brother Colin Meeker, where they both received their Jurist Doctorate, and soon thereafter joined the family business. 

ATTORNEY COLIN G. MEEKER
As an up incoming attorney of Blakemore, Meeker & Bowler Law Firm, Colin G. Meeker is both focused and dedicated to his profession. He joined the firm in 2013 after seven years of serving as a Probation Officer for the Summit County Adult Probation Department. He achieved success in this position, advocating for offenders in the hopes to support the restructure of their lives. Colin later went to work for his father, Robert Meeker, at Blakemore, Meeker & Bowler Co., LPA. After being sworn in as an attorney, Colin has practiced in many areas of law, including criminal defense, civil litigation, and estate planning. With over ten years of experience in the court system, Colin helps to protect individual’s rights while upholding the rule of law. Colin prides himself on 24/7/365 service to all his clients.

Colin was born and raised in Akron, Ohio. He graduated from St. Vincent-St. Mary High School. He attended John Carroll University, in University Heights Ohio, graduating with Bachelor of Sociology. He continued his education at The University of Akron, graduating with a Master in Public Administration and again with a Jurist Doctorate from the School of Law.

When he’s not working, Colin enjoys spending time with his family. He lives with his wife of nine years and their three young sons, in Silver Lake, Ohio