George Vincent is convinced he’s got a pretty good life. And it’s hard to argue with the managing partner and chairman of Dinsmore & Shohl, Cincinnati’s largest law firm with more than 200 lawyers. 

“I’m the luckiest person you’ve ever talked to,” says Vincent. That’s why the 58-year-old Indian Hill resident is not planning to slow down any time soon. “I’m blessed to work with people I like, and clients that I enjoy,” he says. “I’ve got some great community activities to keep me busy.”

Chief among those community activities is his participation on the boards of nonprofit organizations. Asked which boards he is a member of Vincent reeled off a list. “I’m chairing the Christ Hospital board. I’m also on the Cincinnati State board, Museum Center, Artswave, Center for Closing the Health Gap, the Dan Beard Council, which is the Boy Scouts,” he says. “That’s a good start.”

Although it may be a good start, that list doesn’t include the other nonprofit organization boards that Vincent has served on in the past. Those include chairing the boards of the Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority, the Hamilton County Republican Party, the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Hamilton County Board of Elections and the Queen City Club.

Serving on so many nonprofit organization boards means that community involvement must be important to Vincent, right? “It’s really important to me,” says Vincent. “It’s one of the four principles that our firm rests on and that is community involvement. I’ve been blessed to have a chance to do some of that. It’s been a lot of fun. It’s been very rewarding for me.”

Another rewarding effort that Vincent is leading is the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority task force. The task force’s mission is to assess public transit in the community and make recommendations for the future.

The task force will consider how the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority, through the Metro buses it operates, can more effectively connect more people to jobs, get more students to education and job training, help older adults maintain their independence, provide more travel options for people with disabilities, and consider the broader transportation needs of the community.

Vincent is more than qualified to assess the public transportation system. He says he rides Metro buses to work downtown at least once a month. “Transportation is one of the core functions that you’ve got to have for a city and a region to be successful,” says Vincent. 

“And [SORTA’s] done a great job,” he says. “But we’re looking at what can [SORTA] do better. What does [SORTA’s] future look like. And it’s been real interesting.”

In the ideal world of public transportation it would be nice to expand ridership by providing bus routes into more communities, he says. “But you’ve got to balance that with the available funds,” says Vincent.

Some have suggested that a tax hike to pay for the public transportation expansion is the answer. “That’s not for me to decide,” says Vincent. “The [SORTA] board’s gonna look at it. But we’re looking at all the options that are out there. You’re also looking at the political realities that currently exist as well.”

Vincent knows all about the political realities. As the former chairman of the Hamilton County Republican Party Vincent has plenty of political connections. Politics, he says, should be listed as one of his hobbies. “I love politics,” says Vincent. “I love the Republican Party. I love the Hamilton County Republican Party in particular.”

So with all the interest in politics has Vincent ever considered running for office himself? “No,” he says without hesitation. “Elected officials have a really hard life. They’re on stage all the time.”

Vincent still keeps his finger on the pulse of county politics. “Once you’re chairman you make lots of relationships, so I’m in touch with political folks on a pretty regular basis,” he says.

He’s also interested in national politics. He’s a supporter of Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s bid for president, serving as his state finance chairman. “I’ve spent a lot of time on Kasich matters helping raise money for him,” says Vincent.

He’s also spent a lot of time reading. Vincent read more than 30 books in 2015. He knows because he keeps track. “I like to read,” says Vincent. “I’m a history guy. I read almost exclusively history.”

Another activity Vincent likes is attending University of Michigan football games, where he is a season ticket holder. That’s not surprising since Vincent earned both a bachelor’s degree in political science and a law degree from Michigan. He’s also a season ticket holder with the Bengals.

And his love of Cincinnati sports doesn’t stop with the Bengals. Vincent, who focuses his law practice on mergers and acquisitions and corporate counseling, assisted Robert Castellini and his ownership group in buying controlling ownership of the Cincinnati Reds back in 2006.

What was that experience like? “Well, it’s lots of fun,” says Vincent. “That’s why I became a corporate securities lawyer.”

Vincent himself owns a minority share of the Reds. “I’m a big Reds fan, obviously,” he says. The recent trades of veteran Reds players for minor-league prospects are needed to get the team back into the postseason, says Vincent. “They’ve got to reload and get ready for the next cycle.”

When does he envision the Reds being able to compete for the playoffs? “I like to think we’ll be competitive again in two years. We plan to be competitive in ’16 and ’17, but I think we’ve got a heck of a shot come ’18.”

So what’s it like to partially own a Major League Baseball team? “It’s awesome,” Vincent says. “It’s the coolest thing I’ve ever done. If you can’t play baseball owning part of a team is the second best thing.”

Yep, it sure sounds like Vincent just may be the luckiest person anyone has ever talked to. Just like he says.