Attorney Katheryn M. Lloyd might be considered the epitome of distinguished, and now she can add one more honor to the list that proves it. Lloyd received The Ohio State University at Newark Distinguished Alumni Award on Thursday, Oct. 4 at the 2018 Alumni and Student Homecoming Celebration Dinner at the Newark campus.

“Kathy lives up to the Ohio State motto of education for citizenship in both her personal and professional life,” said Dean/Director William L. MacDonald.

She is a graduate of Granville High School in Granville, Ohio. Lloyd attended Ohio State Newark and earned a Bachelor of Arts at The Ohio State University. She then earned a Juris Doctor at Duke University’s School of Law. She was not able to attend college right away after high school and needed to stay close to home to assist with her family’s horse business, Grenoble Stables, so she felt like her college options were very limited. She also had to finance her education on her own which made her realize she had to search for a place that would meet her specific needs. That is when she found Ohio State Newark, an affordable option that allowed her be close to home and carried the prestigious Ohio State name and reputation.

As a student, Lloyd distinguished herself as a leader both in and out of the classroom. She served as a student representative on the Ohio State Newark Advisory Board; was elected to Phi Beta Kappa as a junior; received the award for the most outstanding graduating senior who began at a regional campus; and graduated summa cum laude majoring in French and English.

“Thank you to Ohio State Newark for my education and to all the professors and staff here who made it possible,” said Lloyd.

Lloyd continued this pattern in law school at Duke. She was named editor of the Duke Journal of Comparative and International Law; selected as a member of the National Moot Court Team, the Jessup International Moot Court Team, and the Rousseau International Moot Court Team; and performed clerkships at both Carpenter Lipps & Leland LLP in Columbus, Ohio, and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in Washington, D.C., and Brussels, Belgium.

After graduating from Duke University’s law school, she returned to Central Ohio to pursue her legal career because she felt the pull of the family business once again. Lloyd joined the firm of Carpenter Lipps & Leland LLP in Columbus where, in 2008, she became the youngest person ever to be named partner. In 2013, she assumed the role of owner and managing member of the family business, Grenoble Stables. She teaches riding lessons, trains horses and is currently responsible for the care of 23 horses and ponies.

Lloyd is a sustaining member of the Columbus Bar Foundation, which supports access to justice for those whose resources may not otherwise permit it. She is an active member of the Columbus Bar Association, having served as Chair of the Federal Court Committee, a member of the New Lawyers Committee and as a current member of the Judicial Screening Committee. She served as a volunteer mentor for the Summer Leadership intern program for Columbus City Schools’ students. She was also a volunteer mentor for the Ohio Supreme Court Lawyer to Lawyer Mentoring program. For five years, she was the firm’s liaison to the Women’s Fund of Central Ohio. Lloyd was named among the Best Lawyers in America for commercial litigation in 2017 and an Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011. She has served on the Ohio State Newark Board of Trustees since 2014. In December 2014, she began endowment of the Katheryn M. Lloyd Scholarship Fund at Ohio State Newark to provide scholarships to academically qualified students who grew up working on family farms or in family businesses.