CMBA 10th Annual Meeting

Cleveland Public Auditorium was buzzing Friday, June 2, 2017 at the CMBA's 10th Annual Meeting, with a little flair of New Orleans. This year, we celebrated an incredible milestone in the history of our organization: the 10th anniversary of the unification of two predecessor organizations, the Cuyahoga County Bar Association and the Cleveland Bar Association. As a unified bar, we have risen to great heights that gives us tremendous cause for celebration.

CMBA President, Darrell A. Clay of Walter Haverfield was formally sworn in during the meeting and then led his inaugural address. In addition to inducting our 10th President, the Annual Meeting, we welcomed the new classes of Bar Association and Bar Foundation officers and trustees, including Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation President Mitchell G. Blair of Calfee, Halter & Griswold.

Special tribute was given to several CMBA members who have achieved legend status, including the 2017: 

  • Class of CMBA members who have reached 50 and 65-years of practicing law;
  • Honorable William K. Thomas Professionalism Award presented to Avery Friedman
  • Justice For All Volunteer of the Year Award presented to Rebecca J. Bennett & Charles E. Jarrett
  • President's Award presented to Colleen M. Cotter

Read the press release on our award recipients here.

Visit our Facebook Page to see photos from this year's Annual Meeting!

Save the Date for our 11th Annual Meeting being held on Friday, June 1, 2018!


Thank You 2017 Annual Meeting Sponsors!

Platinum Sponsors



Silver Sponsors

  • All Covered, Inc. 
  • BakerHostetler LLP 
  • Buckley King LPA 
  • Case Western Reserve University, School of Law
  • Cavitch, Familo & Durkin Co., LPA
  • Cleveland Metroparks
  • Cliffs Natural Resources
  • Hennes Communication
  • McDonald Hopkins LLC
  • Oswald Companies
  • PNC Bank
  • Reminger Co., LPA
  • Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
  • Stephanoff Rennillo LLC
  • Taft, Stettinius & Hollister LLP
  • Thompson Hine LLP
  • Tucker Ellis LLP
  • Ulmer & Berne LLP
  • Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP

Gold Sponsors

  • Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP
  • Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP
  • Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association
  • The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland
  • Maloney + Novotny
  • Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur LLP


Table Sponsors

  • Brouse McDowell
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
  • Dominion East Ohio 
  • Friedman & Nemecek, LLC
  • Gallagher Sharp
  • Grant Thornton LLP
  • Koehler Fitzgerald LLC
  • Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
  • The Primes Family
  • Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell LLP
  • Shapero & Roloff Co., LPA
  • Synenberg, Coletta & Moran, LLC
  • Thorman Petrov Group Co., LPA
  • Walter | Haverfield LLP


In-Kind Sponsor

  • Avalon Document Services
  • Source3Media