July 30, 2013
Visiting attorney on Cincinnati: “City of surprises”
Gábor Helembai found himself literally half a world away this past June. Arriving in Cincinnati as part of Dinsmore and Shohl's annual international attorney hosting program, the native of Hungary quickly began to take in his new city. His first thoughts? It was run-of-the-mill. "Cincinnati first resembled to me an average American city what I had seen in the movies previously: high skyscrapers, but maybe less crowded," said Helembai.
But after a few more days here, his attitude began to significantly change, becoming a "City of Surprises". "Cincinnati amazed me in many different ways, starting from the kindness and helpfulness of the people living here through the bustling business ongoing in the region to the vivid and colorful arts and sports life," he said.
Dinsmore and Shohl, a Chamber member and contributor to the Partnership, has in the past hosted attorneys from England, Holland and Spain. Harvey Cohen is the Chair of Dinsmore & Shohl's International Business Practice Group. "We learn as much from Gabor and our past international externs as they learn from us. Gabor and his predecessors have greatly enriched our Summer Associate Program and firm culture in general. Also, we forge personal bonds that last for entire careers," said Cohen.
Helembai's two-month stay will come to a close in early August, but he has much to show for his time here, both at Dinsmore and outside the boardroom "visiting Hamilton County Court and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, participating in different legal and mediation procedures as an observer, attending the events of the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, the European American Chamber of Commerce and the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber," he said. Additionally, he experienced "Reds' games, I went to the Opera in the park event in Washington Park, the NASCAR race in Kentucky, a horse race in Churchill Downs…even fishing in Indiana," said Helembai.
Upon his return home to Hungary, he says he intends to spread the word about Cincinnati. "For example, a P&G factory is operating in my hometown, close to Budapest, I have friends, who worked there, but none of us knew that such a global company's headquarters is located in Cincinnati. Cincinnati has everything that a great, internationally acknowledged city should have to have: excellent business opportunities, super universities, well educated workforce, splendid landscape, outstanding leisure and entertainment facilities," he said.