August 23, 2022 – Ulmer & Berne LLP is pleased to share that Cleveland Partner-in-Charge Patricia A. Shlonsky has been appointed to the Board of Directors of Bellefaire Jewish Children’s Bureau (JCB). Bellefaire JCB is a child service agency providing behavioral health, substance abuse, education, and prevention services to more than 43,000 youth and their families each year.
“We are delighted to welcome Patty to the Bellefaire JCB Board of Directors,” said Stephanie Silverman, Bellefaire JCB Board Chair, and Adam G. Jacobs, Ph.D. President. “Her legal expertise will be a valuable asset as our board supports the work of the agency in fulfilling our mission to meet the behavioral health and education needs of at-risk youth and those with autism.”
Shlonsky is an active community leader and advocate. She is a longtime Board Member and Past President of the Cuyahoga County Public Library Board of Trustees, Vice President of the Board and Program Committee Co-Chair for The City Club of Cleveland, and a Board Member for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio. She has also held leadership roles with The Center for Community Solutions, Business Volunteers Unlimited, and Dress For Success Cleveland.
As Group Leader of Ulmer’s Employee Benefits and Tax Practice Groups, Shlonsky advises clients in the establishment, qualification, and maintenance of all types of employee benefits plans and has comprehensive experience handling employee benefits and ERISA litigation. In addition to her thriving practice, Shlonsky guides the development, client service, and business operations of Ulmer’s Cleveland office, and serves on Ulmer’s Management Committee.
During her more than three decades of legal practice, Shlonsky has earned numerous accolades for her professional achievements and her work in the community. She was recently selected by the Ohio State Bar Association as the 2022 Nettie Cronise Lutes honoree in recognition of her work to improve the legal profession and her mentorship and support of other women and girls. In 2019, she was inducted into the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, an honor reflecting her professionalism, dedication to excellence in the law, and contributions to the advancement of the employee benefits field. Repeatedly named Best Lawyers® Employee Benefits (ERISA) “Lawyer of the Year” in Cleveland, Shlonsky has also been recognized as one of the Top 50 Female Lawyers in Ohio and Top 25 Female Lawyers in Cleveland by Ohio Super Lawyers.