The Professionalism Conciliation Panel was formed to help improve the deportment of lawyers in Cuyahoga County in their interaction with each other and the courts. The Panel uses the Statement of Professionalism issued by the Supreme Court of Ohio in 1997 and the Lawyer’s Creed of Professionalism adopted by the CMBA in 2013 as the guiding principles for the program. The CMBA’s Task Force on Civility and Professionalism, headed by Judges Michael P. Donnelly and Joan C. Synenberg, recommended the formation of the Panel. A lawyer or judge who believes that the conduct of a lawyer, or of multiple lawyers, has been inconsistent with the Principles of Professionalism and that the assistance of the Panel may help alleviate the situation may email or call Bar Counsel Heather Zirke at (216) 696-3525. Read more about the Panel in the January Bar Journal

"It was great to have someone to turn to in order to help get a thorny professionalism issue solved!  The panel definitely fills a need." - Greg, CMBA Member

The distinguished Panel members appointed to carry out the purposes of the Panel are: Marvin L. Karp (Chair), Deborah A. Coleman, Frank R. DeSantis, Barbara K. Roman, Karen E. Rubin, Niki Z. Schwartz, Roger M. Synenberg, Adrian D. Thompson and Michael N. Ungar.

Panel Members

Marvin L. Karp (Chair)
Ulmer & Berne LLP

Deborah A. Coleman
Coleman Law LLC

Frank R. DeSantis
Thompson Hine LLP

Barbara K. Roman
Meyers, Roman, Friedberg & Lewis

Karen E. Rubin
Thompson Hine LLP


Niki Z. Schwartz
Schwartz, Downey & Co., L.P.A.

Roger M. Synenberg
Synenberg, Coletta & Moran, LLC

Adrian D. Thompson
Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

Michael N. Ungar
Ulmer & Berne LLP