Ulmer & Berne LLP is pleased to announce that the Cleveland Jewish News has named Associate Michael Davis Hoenig to its 2019 list of “18 Difference Makers,” which honors and celebrates individuals making invaluable contributions for the betterment of Northeast Ohio’s Jewish community.
The “18 Difference Makers” awards were created to recognize community members who embrace “tikkun olam,” a tenant of Judaism that encourages performing acts of kindness to perfect or repair the world. Hoenig was selected for this honor by a panel of judges who considered his active involvement to better the Jewish community, efforts to safeguard those who may be at a disadvantage, and admirable characteristics of integrity and generosity.
“We are extremely pleased that Michael is being honored as a Difference Maker for his important contributions to the Jewish community,” said Michael N. Ungar, Chair of Ulmer’s Litigation Department. “The way Michael strives to educate others about LGBTQ inclusion and acceptance is inspiring, and we are proud of the work he does to make a positive impact in the world.”
Hoenig is a litigator in Ulmer’s Cleveland office who focuses his practice on complex business, broker-dealer, and investment litigation matters, including breach of contract, commercial tort, securities, consumer protection, employment and labor, and intellectual property disputes. He also represents broker-dealers in FINRA arbitrations and regulatory proceedings. He received his undergraduate degree with honors from New York University and his law degree from The Ohio State University.
In addition to his diverse practice, Hoenig is dedicated to making a difference in Northeast Ohio’s Jewish community. He serves as a Co-Chair for the Youth Committee of Green Road Synagogue in Beachwood, Ohio, which develops and strengthens youth programming for the congregation, and on the Board of the Anti-Defamation League Cleveland regional office, which is dedicated to fighting anti-Semitism, combating hate, and confronting discrimination. He is also a Co-Founder of MAKOM, a local grassroots group devoted to educating community members and institutions about LGBTQ issues and providing a loving and safe community for LGBTQ Jews and their families, friends, and allies.
MAKOM brings together groups of community members for discussion and training about how to be an LGBTQ ally. By helping create MAKOM, Hoenig has worked to promote LGBTQ inclusion and encouraged others to be more open and accepting of their LGBTQ community members. As one of the leaders of this group, he continues to guide its development and growth to ensure its progress makes a profound impact in Northeast Ohio’s Jewish community for years to come.
The 2019 “18 Difference Makers” honorees will be featured in a special section of the Cleveland Jewish News on November 22, and will be recognized at a celebratory reception and ceremony at Landerhaven in Mayfield Heights, Ohio, on November 24. Click here to learn more about the “18 Difference Makers” awards.