Getting to Know: Mark M. Kitrick
Mark M. Kitrick, a partner in the Columbus firm of Kitrick, Lewis & Harris Co., L.P.A., feels at ease when he’s playing his guitar. “It’s one of the ways I relax after a day at the office,” he says.
Mark’s love of music began at the age of nine when his mother, Betty, enrolled him in Cincinnati’s Archbishop Choir School. That passion remains with him to this day, driving him to compose the music for, and perform both guitar and piano on two albums, Blue Shift (2001) and Sidebar (2002).
While his musical training instilled in him an appreciation for the arts, it also fuels his lifelong love of learning. “Every day is chance to learn something new,” says Mark. “That’s why I enjoy meeting people. It’s an opportunity to hear their stories.”
When not a student, Mark works on the other side of the equation. He often teaches a distracted driving course to 15 and 16 year olds at St. Xavier High School to decrease preventable accidents and make the roads safer for everyone. “It’s great to see the kids really get into it. We teach them how to be smart drivers as well as smart passengers, even giving them ways to tell their parents to focus more on the road—that always gets some laughs.”
Providing others with information to protect themselves is a common theme in Mark’s life. Each quarter, his firm publishes a 64-page magazine dedicated to all-things safety called Living Safer. In addition, Mark promotes self-defense as an instructor in Tomiki Aikido, holding a seventh degree black belt in the martial art. He teaches because he believes, “The most important thing you can do is to help others move to a higher level in life.”
Mark’s philosophy on helping others motivates his law practice and his volunteer efforts for legal non-profits at the local, statewide and national level. As a Trustee and Life Fellow of the Ohio State Bar Foundation (OSBF), he says, “Being a Fellow has taught me how many different ways lawyers can give back to our society and truly make a marked, positive difference in educating and helping people understand the legal system.”
In addition to volunteering with OSBF, Mark serves on the American Association of Justice’s Board of Governors and Executive Committee and is a member of the Board of Trustees for the American Board of Trial Advocates.
“My mother Betty taught me to always give back,” says Mark. “If we can make the future better for those who are underserved and underprivileged, we’re living the right way.”
Mark playing jazz with Josh Hill.