Ulmer & Berne LLP is pleased to announce Patricia A. Shlonsky, Cleveland Partner-in-Charge and Chair of the firm’s Employee Benefits and Tax Practice Groups, was recently inducted as a Fellow of The American College of Employee Benefits Counsel (ACEBC), a nonprofit dedicated to elevating the standards and advancing public understanding of employee benefits laws.
Induction as a Fellow of the ACEBC is a national distinction for attorneys who have dedicated their careers to the field of employee benefits and have demonstrated their leadership, character, ability, and professional responsibility. Shlonsky’s inclusion in this prestigious group was based on demanding selection criteria, including excellence in the quality of her practice and service to her clients, and her sustained commitment to improving public awareness and appreciation of employee benefits laws through activities such as writing, speaking, public policy analysis, and public service.
“We are thrilled that the ACEBC has recognized Patty for her significant contributions to the practice of employee benefits law,” said Scott P. Kadish, Managing Partner. “Patty is an exceptional attorney who demonstrates excellence in her field and she is an asset to our clients. We are incredibly proud and congratulate her on this notable achievement.”
Shlonsky guides the development, client service, business, and operations efforts of the firm’s Cleveland office while managing her robust practice as a nationally recognized employee benefits attorney. With more than 30 years of experience, she advises clients on an array of employee benefits matters, including the establishment qualification and maintenance of employee benefits plans, employee benefit compliance issues, benefits issues that arise in mergers and acquisitions, privacy and data security issues under HIPAA, health benefits, and executive compensation. She also represents clients involved in governmental and private dispute resolution, and has comprehensive experience handling all types of ERISA litigation.
Shlonsky’s involvement in the community is also extensive. She serves as President of the Board of Trustees of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, as a Vice President of the Board of Directors and a Co-Chair of the Program Committee for The City Club of Cleveland, as a Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for The Center for Community Solutions, and on the Board of Directors for BVU: The Center for Nonprofit Excellence. Consistently recognized for her skilled advice and counsel, Shlonsky was designated Best Lawyers® ERISA “Lawyer of the Year” in Cleveland in 2017 and has been ranked by Chambers USA as one of Ohio’s “Leaders in Their Field” for Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation every year since 2007, among other honors.
Shlonsky was inducted as a Fellow of the ACEBC at its annual meeting in Washington, D.C., on September 21. She joins more than 400 current Fellows who work to advance the group’s mission of encouraging the study and development of employee benefits laws and of significant legal and social policy issues impacting the regulation and management of pension, retirement, group health, welfare, and disability plans. Click here for more information about the ACEBC.