Ulmer is pleased to announce that Partner Paul R. Harris has been appointed president of the Saint Ignatius High School Alumni Executive Council for 2018-2019. Harris’ commitment to his alma mater and other organizations in Cleveland is reflective of Ulmer’s broad dedication to improving the communities in which we live.
“We are proud of Paul’s dedication and service to Saint Ignatius,” said Patricia A. Shlonsky, partner-in-charge of Ulmer’s Cleveland office. “He is a respected leader both at our firm and in the community. Paul’s work with the Alumni Executive Council is an excellent example of how Ulmer attorneys generously dedicate their time and energies to our community.”
The Alumni Executive Council governs and manages the Saint Ignatius Alumni Association and works to engage alumni through fundraising, networking, and events. Founded in 1949, the Alumni Association’s membership includes more than 17,000 alumni. The Association promotes the best interests of the school, fosters a spirit of loyalty and fraternity among graduates, and supports giving programs in conjunction with the school’s Office of Institutional Advancement.
Harris serves as co-chair of Ulmer’s Business Litigation Department, and regularly manages high-stakes, complex matters for large, multinational corporations to successful outcomes. He has been named to the Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars list every year since 2010, and was recently named to Benchmark Litigation’s Under 40 Hot List for the second year in a row. In addition to his work with Saint Ignatius, he serves on the board of trustees for Lutheran Hospital, on the associate board of Boys Hope Girls Hope of Northeastern Ohio, and was previously a founding board member and treasurer of Dancing Classrooms Northeast Ohio.
“Paul is an amazing asset to the institution,” said Garen Distelhorst, director of alumni relations for Saint Ignatius. “It would be impossible to quantify what Paul’s contributions of time and leadership through the years have meant to the Alumni Association and the school. First as chairman of our Bellarmine Committee, which represents alumni in the legal community, and now as the president of our Alumni Executive Council, Paul has always demonstrated a steady hand and amazing instinct for making the correct decision. This is a well deserved honor. I am privileged to call him a colleague and friend.”