February 11, 2020 – Ulmer & Berne LLP is pleased to share that Cleveland Partner-in-Charge Patricia A. Shlonsky has been reappointed to the Board of Trustees of the Cuyahoga County Public Library (CCPL). Shlonsky, a champion of public libraries, will serve a second seven-year term on the Board effective February 1, 2020.
“Ulmer and the library are very fortunate to have Patty as a leader,” said Scott P. Kadish, Managing Partner. “Her contributions to the success of both our firm and the library are invaluable, and we would have no idea what to read without Patty’s advice.”
Shlonsky is a strong supporter of CCPL’s mission to create an environment where reading, lifelong learning, and civic engagement thrive. During her initial seven-year term on the Board, she also served for two years as the Board’s President. In extending her service to CCPL, she will continue to support the library system as it fosters a community of enthusiastic readers.
“The library is a place where reading, learning, and community intersect and where everyone is welcome,” Shlonsky said. “I’m honored to be part of this important institution as it continues to provide critical services and serve as a center of community life in Cuyahoga County.”
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. Group Leader of Ulmer’s Employee Benefits and Tax Practice Groups, she advises clients on a wide range of employee benefits matters and has comprehensive experience handling all types of employee benefits and ERISA litigation. Consistently recognized for her legal skills, she 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.
She is extensively involved in the community, additionally serving as a Vice President of the Board of Directors and 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 Business Volunteers Unlimited. A passionate reader and literary commentator, she also authors a popular book blog, From Briefs to Books, in which she reviews a broad array of literary works.
One of the most respected libraries in the country, CCPL was established in 1922 and serves Ohio’s largest county with 28 branches in 47 communities. Supporting initiatives and efforts that impact the quality of life for all in Cuyahoga County, CCPL strives to be an essential community asset and innovative library industry leader.