Bea Wolper is Chief Executive Officer of Emens Wolper Jacobs Jasin Law Firm, where her practice focuses on succession planning, wills, trusts, estate planning, oil and gas law, and the buying and selling of assets and businesses, with an emphasis on family-owned businesses.
Ms. Wolper is a co-founder and President of the Conway Center for Family Business. She serves on its Advisory Board and facilitates the Conway Family Business Center’s Women’s Peer Group and the Conway Succession Peer Group. These Peer Groups provide forums to discuss all aspects of succession planning and family dynamics.
She served as Ohio President for the International Women’s Forum for more than twenty years and has been named as a “Women who make a Difference” at the 2013 IWF World Leadership Conference in Vancouver, BC.
Bea is a member of the Columbus Estate Planning Council, and the Legal Advisory Boards of the Columbus Foundation, Nationwide Children’s Hospital Foundation and Central Ohio Planned Giving. She has served as the Attorney Member of the Ohio Oil and Gas Commission and on the executive committees of the boards for Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce, COSI, Womens’ Business Board, Greater Columbus Arts Council, Mt. Carmel College of Nursing, Greater Columbus News Bureau and Small Business Council.
Ms. Wolper received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Chase College of Law in 2019. She received an Honorary Doctorate of Law degree from Ohio Dominican University in 2013. Ms. Wolper was elected delegate to the White House Conference on Small Business in 1995 and has won numerous awards, including “Entrepreneur of the Year Award” for the Columbus Region; the “YWCA Women of Achievement Award”; and the “Women in Business Advocate Award” from the United States Small Business Association. Ms. Wolper was selected as one of “America’s Most Influential Women” by Sky Radio Network, 2006, is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, is recipient of “Ohio’s Super Lawyer” designation and was selected as one of SBN’s “Power 100” for Columbus, 2004 -2012. Bea is often the lead instructor of the Ohio State Bar Association course “Family Business Succession,” taught “Wills and Estates” at The Ohio State University and taught “Building, Operating and Passing on the Family Business” at Ohio Dominican University, Columbus, Ohio; she is on the Ohio Farm Bureau referral list of attorneys for Estate Planning.
Ms. Wolper is a frequent writer and lecturer regarding estate planning, wealth transfer, oil and gas leasing, contract negotiations, family-owned business issues, and purchases/ acquisitions and is co-author with her husband, Dick Emens, of a book specifically aimed at family businesses, Family Business Basics: The Guide to FamilyBusiness Financial Success (2nd Ed 2004).
Bea was brought up in New York, and moved to Ohio in the late 60’s. She and her husband, Dick Emens, live near the water on Hoover Reservoir. Between Bea and Dick, they have six children, 11 grandchildren, and one great grandson. In her free time Bea enjoys traveling, reading, cooking, eating and spending time with family.