Jennifer Lawry Adams

Partner | Co-Group Leader, Health Care

Jennifer is Co-Group Leader of Ulmer & Berne’s Health Care Practice Group. Her practice is focused on a range of interconnected legal disciplines, including health care, mergers and acquisitions, and a variety of corporate law matters. Jennifer puts the focus squarely on her clients, relying on years of experience and a willingness to understand the strategic goals of the individuals and businesses she serves to find creative legal solutions that are practical and impactful. Clients in the health care, automotive, media, and other industries routinely put their trust in Jennifer because of her dedication to client service and expertise in niche areas of the law, such as the friendly physician practice model and the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Act pre-merger notification process.

Education & Admissions


  • Georgetown University

    (B.A., 1992)

  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law

    (J.D., cum laude, 1996)
    Managing Editor, Case Western Reserve University Journal of International Law


  • State of Ohio



  • Considerable experience in the representation of public and privately held corporations and other entities in formations, mergers, acquisitions, securities offerings, general business and commercial law matters.
  • Experienced in the negotiation and documentation of the sale and purchase of businesses, both through asset purchase and share purchase agreements.
  • Experienced in the counseling of start-up, emerging and closely held businesses, including preparation and review of business plans, organization and strategic planning.
  • Experienced in the negotiation and drafting of employment, non-competitions, consulting, shareholder/close corporation, limited liability, distributorship and other agreements.
  • Experienced in the negotiation and documentation of commercial loans, representing both borrowers and lenders.
  • Experienced in federal and state securities issues and compliance.
  • Involved in the preparation of Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Act pre-merger notification filings.

Publications & Presentations

Client Alerts


  • “Corporate Governance and Tax Issues for Nonprofits,” North East Ohio Association of Corporate Counsel of America, the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association and the Federal Bar Association (February 2012)
  • “Formation of Entity/Compliance with Securities Laws,” Chair and Speaker, 2001 Business Law Practice and Procedure Clinic
  • “Letter of Intent/Confidentiality/Due Diligence,” Chair and Speaker, 2000 Business Law Practice and Procedure Clinic Chair, 1999 Business Law Practice and Procedure Clinic



  • Leadership Cleveland (Class of 2017)
  • American Bar Association (Chair, Host Committee, 2002 American Bar Association Equal Justice Conference)
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Cleveland Bridge Builders (Class of 2005)
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (Member, Justice for All Committee, 1997-2007; Co-Chair of the Volunteer Day Sub-Committee, 2000-2004)
  • American Health Lawyers Association


  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association The 3Rs – Rights Responsibilities, and Realities Program (High School Classroom Volunteer, 2006-present at Glenville High School and Ginn Academy)
  • Family Connections (Board President 2014-2016; Board Member, 2009-2021; Member Development Committee, 2009-2021; Chair Development Committee, 2010-2013)
  • Shaker Schools Foundation (Board of Trustees, 2020-present)
  • ONE Shaker (Board Member, 2005-2013; Vice President, 2009-2013)
  • Catholic Charities Corporation (Board Member, 2008-2010; Member Marketing Sub-Committee, 2008-2010)
  • Associate Board of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland Foundation (Board Member, 2004-2008; Member Crooked Halo Sub-Committee, 2004-2005; Member Fund Advisory Sub-Committee, 2006-2008)
  • American Heart Association (Member, Corporate Committee, 2003 and 2004 Heart Gala; Chair Young at Heart Committee, 2003 Heart Gala)
  • Wade Park Elementary School (Tutor, 2001-2005)
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. High School (Tutor, 2001-2002)
  • City Year Cleveland (Firm Liaison, 1998-2005)


  • Co-Group Leader, Health Care
  • Former Chair, UB WILL – Women in Law and Leadership – women’s professional development committee



  • Named to the Ohio Super Lawyers list (2023)
  • “Notable Women in Law,” Crain’s Cleveland Business (2018)
  • “District Community Service Award for Attorneys 40 and Under” from the Ohio State Bar Foundation (Recipient, 2007)
  • “YMCA Woman of Professional Excellence Award” (2005)
  • “Cleveland’s Finest Award” from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (2000)
  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America, Health Care Law (2024)