MOUNT VERNON — A 40-year career as a practicing attorney will come to an end Dec. 14 when Rob Weston will put in his last day of work at Zelkowitz, Barry and Cullers Lawyers. The local law firm has provided an enjoyable and successful career for Weston in Mount Vernon, a place where he has been pleased to call his home.
Weston grew up in Stark County. He was born in Canton and went to school in North Canton before attending Otterbein College in Westerville. Traveling to school from Canton to Westerville, “I always thought this was a neat town,” said Weston of Mount Vernon while passing through on Ohio 3. While in college, he was involved in the Air Force ROTC, graduating from Otterbein in 1968.
Law school was next up for Weston at Ohio Northern University in Ada. When a professor asked him if he wanted to be a lawyer, “I’ve always liked Perry Mason,” was Weston’s response. “I do, too. I think I have a place for you,” said his professor.
“If I didn’t go to law school, I knew I was going to war,” said Weston. The Air Force later sent Weston to Wurtsmith AFB in Oscoda, Mich., where he was a barracks security policeman.
Weston passed the Michigan bar exam in 1969 and practiced law on the side, performing investigations for his base commander. He was later transferred to San Antonio, Texas, where he was a security police officer and was released nine months later during the Vietnam conflict.
A job search then followed which landed Weston a position with Zelkowitz, Barry and Cullers at 121 E. High St. in Mount Vernon in September 1972. This is located in the historic Beam House which was built in 1901 by Frank Beam. “I had received advice of ‘Don’t pick where you want to live because you probably won’t be in the same job forever,’” laughed Weston. “I was smart enough that I picked both; I picked a good firm and a good location.”
He was hired by partners Charles Zelkowitz and Fred Barry. Also a partner at the time was Jim Cullers with associates being Dave Railsback and Bob Rauzi. Weston married his wife, Lynda, in 1968, after dating through high school and college.
The Westons have two grown children, Adam Weston and Meredith Kostek, who both live in Washington. They also have three grandchildren.
“It’s the variety in the work,” is what Weston enjoys most about his position with a local law practice. “I really have done a little of everything. In a small town like this, you don’t do just one thing. It’s a lot of different things. And that variety is what I like,” said Weston. He explained a practice in a large city would be much different. “They really specialize. There’s only one area you might practice there.” And while Weston has covered many areas during his practice, real estate and zoning have been his specialties.
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