BOARDMAN - Before a crowd of more than 700 at Mr. Anthony's in Boardman Thursday Atty. Shawna L. L'Italien, member of the law firm Harrington, Hoppe & Mitchell, Ltd., was named the recipient of the 2010 Athena Award, presented by the Regional Chamber and The Vindicator/vindy.com.
The ATHENA Award is given annually to recognize area business and professional women who have demonstrated excellence in their chosen career, provided leadership in the community and mentored or contributed to the growth of other professional women.
L'Italien's professional and community accomplishments are significant. She attained the status of member at HHM in only six years. As part of the Business Services Group, L'Italien is an expert at corporate and business organizational law, taxation, mergers and acquisition and business succession planning, areas once dominated by male attorneys.
L'Italien is one of only two female members at HHM and one of three in the firm's history. Her tenacity and dedication have ensured her consistent ranking among the top five HHM members in collections and have allowed her to increase her client base, even in a challenging economy.
Patricia R. Miller, co-founder and co-president of Vera Bradley Designs, was the evening's keynote speaker.
The fourth annual Athena Scholarship-a $1,500 award created in partnership with the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley-was presented to Lyndsie Hall, a junior majoring in middle childhood education at Youngstown State University. Hall sits on YSU's Board of Trustees as a student trustee appointed by Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, represents the students of YSU's Beeghly College of Education as a member of the advisory group the Dean's Dozen and is a member of YSU's Emerging Leader Program.
2010 Athena Award recipient Attorney Shawna L. L'Italien
-Practices in the Business Services Group and works in the firm's Salem office.
-Attained the status of member in just six years
-One of only two female members currently at the firm and one of three in the history of the firm.
-Serves in the areas of corporate and business organizational law, taxation, mergers and acquisitions and business succession planning.
Consistently ranks among the top five members in collections, quickly surpassing attorneys with more seniority.
-Involved in the purchase or sale of multimillion-dollar businesses. As one of only a handful of lawyers in Northeast Ohio certified by the Small Business Administration to administer SBA loan closings, she performs loan and secured transaction closings for the Mahoning Valley Economic Development Corporation and its U.S. Small Business Administration 504 Loan Program. She also handles financing transactions for the Mahoning Valley Industrial Loan Fund, the Mahoning/Youngstown Mini-Loan Fund, the Columbiana County Mini-Loan Fund and the State of Ohio 166 Loan Program.
-Has served as chair of the firm's Associate Development Committee for the past five years. She is responsible for managing the continued professional development of all associates. She offers both moral and community support for other professional women and is a trusted colleague to a wide network of women in the Valley.
-Is a member of the Salem Community Hospital Board of Trustees and is the chair of its charitable foundation. Additionally, she is a board member of the Salem Kiwanis, United Community Scholarship Foundation and Columbiana County Mental Health Clinic, of which she is vice chair.
-In 2009, was named one of five Shining Star MVPs at the Mahoning Valley Professional 20/30's 40 Under 40 Awards ceremony.
-Graduate of United Local High School; received her law degree from Ohio State University College of Law in 1996 after graduating magna cum laude from Mount Union College in 1993.
-Lives in Salem with her husband Mark and daughter Ashley.
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