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Attorney Alvarene N. Owens is a practicing attorney specializing in personal injury and wrongful death claims. She is the president CEO of Alvarene N. Owens Co, L.P.A. located at 11 01 Salem Ave. She was the first woman and first African American (or minority of any kind) to be appointed to the board of the most prestigious Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers. She still maintains membership on that board representing the Second District of Ohio. She is on the board of the Miami Valley Trial Lawyers of which she is also the first African American board member. She has been on the Board of the Ohio State Women’s Bar Association. She immediate past chairperson of the Dayton Bar Association’s Sole Practitioners Committee. She, along with Federal Bankruptcy Judge Thomas Waldron, has been a co-chair of the Dayton Bar Associations Diversity Committee.
Attorney Owens is a Member of the American Trial Lawyers Association, the American Bar Association, the Ohio Bar Association, the National Bar Association, The Ohio State Women’s Bar Association of which is a Board Member, The Dayton Bar Association, The Montgomery County Women’s Bar Association, and the Thurgood Marshall Law Society of which she enjoyed the longest tenure as President. She is a member of the select “M” Club, an organization of attorneys throughout the country who have enjoyed million dollar plus verdicts. She is a member of the American Diabetes Association.
She is a member of The Board of Elders at Trinity Presbyterian Church, Rev. Johnny Meret, Pastor. She is a Board Member of the Regional Transit Authority. She is a Life Member of the NAACP, SCLC, the National Counsel of Negro Women, the Urban League and of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.
Attorney Owens is the recipient of many civic public service awards, including awards from the NAACP, SCLC, the local state chapters of The National Counsel of Negro Women, the National Forum of Black Public Administrators and from Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. Most recently, Atty. Owens is the recipient of the 2004 Community's Top Ten African American Women Award and was a 2004 United Negro College Fund James E. Stamps Honoree. She is the recipient of many professional awards, including awards from the National Bar Association, Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, Ohio State Bar Association, Thurgood Marshall Law Society, most recent professional award of which is an award from the Miami Valley Trial Lawyers upon whose board she sits.
Attorney Owens is not married and enjoys civic, political and charitable activities because she likes seeing something come from nothing. She believes that her life is based upon a vision. She knows she has been blessed and thanks God everyday for friends, family and the Dayton community for their support and for their being the special people that they are. She has adopted nieces and nephews, some three of whom have themselves become lawyers. She is grateful to them for allowing her to be some part of their lives. She is grateful for her brother who never gave her a break on the basketball court. She is grateful to her parents, both educators, who did not allow the word “can’t” in her vocabulary. Most importantly, she is thankful to God for the opportunity to be of service.