HUDSON — The head of an established law firm in town recently took on a new partner — his daughter.

Attorney John Sharp of Sharp Law Offices, located at 110 W. Streetsboro Street, hired his daughter, Kelly Sharp, and made her partner. Kelly Sharp is a 2008 graduate of Hudson High School and 2012 graduate of Ohio State University. She graduated last year from the University of Akron School Law and this past May received her license to practice law from the Supreme Court of Ohio.

She also recently got her marriage license when she married Kevin Emmendorfer, a Walsh Jesuit High School graduate. The two met at Ohio State. Kelly said she will continue to use the name Sharp at work.

While attending law school, Kelly Sharp worked for her father as a law clerk. “It supplemented the classes I was taking … and put what I learned to the test.”

Kelly says her dad is a “great mentor” and he could be a law professor. 

“He’s just so knowledgable and he’s been doing it for so long,” she said.

John Sharp has been an attorney in Hudson for 36 years. He got his bachelor's degree from Michigan State University in 1976 and law degree from the University of Akron School of Law in 1980. He was licensed by the Supreme Court of Ohio to practice law in 1981. 

“We’ve got a good relationship,” John said. “She’s a quick learner and she’s been very helpful.”

Sharp says his daughter can do a lot more now than she could when she was a clerk. He said she has all of the book knowledge, and now she’s learning from experience.

“I’m really proud of her and what she’s accomplished,” he said, adding Kelly has taught him to keep an open mind and enter the digital age with an updated website.

Sharp’s practice concentrates on estate planning, estate administration, family business representation and real estate transactions. He said he’s had other law partners in the past. Today the firm has two attorneys and a legal assistant.

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Reporter Steve Wiandt, can be reached at 330-541-9420, swiandt@recordpub.comor @SteveWiandt_RPC.