I love to hear about all of the good things going on with the unique people who are a part of my life. New roles, great ideas, accomplishments and whatever else that gives me a kick are celebrated and shared here.
Laurence E. Sturtz
is a renowned Ohio trial attorney in the areas of constitutional, criminal, and corporate law. I grew up hanging out at the Sturtz's house with his sons, Craig and Gary, so this is fun to share with all of you.
During his career, Laurence served as lead trial attorney in over 400 jury cases, with a 98% win rate. He became recognized and respected for his expertise in complex high profile civil litigation for private and publicly traded companies. Having received partnership in his firm in only the second year of practice, this dynamic and highly capable attorney handled five cases before the United States Supreme Court – two of them before his thirty-fifth birthday. I've often written about creatives who have had side hustles doing a variety of different businesses endeavors. This profile is all about an attorney who, along with a co-author, Lacey King, has written "a thrilling real life page turner" according to one recent review. What he's written about is what he's lived.
The FBI on Trial in a Sensational Case: Charismatic, ambitious attorney Larry Strong gets the chance of a lifetime when he is appointed to defend career criminal Rocky Hamilton, who agreed to infiltrate a gang of bank robbers for the FBI. It seemed like a good deal for Rocky, who would otherwise have spent his life in prison. But when the gang kidnaps and then murders the young bank manager, Jamie MacDonald, Rocky stands accused of aggravated murder. It’s up to the defense to prove to the jury that Rocky acted at the direction of the FBI—even if calling out the government puts Larry in danger. Fast-paced, character-driven, and expertly written, The Snitch is a fascinating examination of the gray areas between right and wrong, and a shocking exposé of corruption.
I asked Laurence (aka Larry) when he got the feeling that he wanted to write a book. He said, "Actually, THE SNITCH: An Agent without a Badge has been a novel in the making for more than forty years. During the trial in 1976, the trial judge told me I'd be smart to later write about the psychopathic career criminal, his two criminal associates, the FBI, and the innocent young man who got caught in the chaos and lost his life. He told me it would make a great movie. For several years, I searched for an experienced writer to help me to bring the story to the page. I chose the perfect writer, Lacey King. We made a great team."
The best part of someone's journey is always interesting to hear about and understand. For Mr. Sturtz (I'm still most comfortable referring to him this way because he's a friend's dad and I'm a good boy), the best part for him has been after the book was published. "I have enjoyed immensely the book-signings and talking with people about the book."
is a Columbus advertising veteran (26 years) who is now Managing Director - Executive Creative Director at
. I've known Mark for years and served with him on the
American Advertising Federation, Columbus
chapter's Board of Directors. I've got my ear to the ground in Columbus and beyond and it's been common for people to talk about how talented he is...unsolicited.
In the past, he's worked at shops including Zero Base Advertising, Ologie and Engauge. Most recently, he had been Executive Creative Director for the past 13 years with Resource, now IBM iX where he focused primarily on consumer packaged goods brands including Nestle, P&G, Smucker's and Clorox. Those ring a bell.
"I'm incredibly excited to join 160over90," Mark shared with me. "The work is strong. The focus on higher education is really interesting. Plus, being a part of the Endeavor network creates a ton of exciting opportunities. It's the perfect fit for me. I'm looking forward to working with
and the rest of the team to make this the next great Columbus agency."