Professionalism Award

The Professionalism Award is annually awarded to a lawyer or judge who has significantly contributed to the enhancement of professionalism in the Greater Cleveland legal community by exemplifying the goals of the Ohio Supreme Court's "A Lawyer's Creed" and "A Lawyer's Aspirational Ideals" and by furthering the ideals expressed in the mission of the CMBA. Nominees need not be members of the CMBA.

The 2018 William K. Thomas Professionalism Award will be presented at the CMBA’s Annual Meeting on June 1.

Nominations for the 2018 Award will be accepted beginning in February 2018.

Distinguished Honorees


Avery S. Friedman
Founder, Avery Friedman & Associates
2017

David A. Kutik
Partner, Jones Day
2016

Hon. Michael P. Donnelly
Judge, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas
2015
  
Jacqueline Johnson
Federal Public Defender for the Northern District of Ohio 
2014
  Hugh Stanley, Jr.
Partner, Tucker Ellis
2014
  John H. Lawson
Private practice
2013 
  Ann C. Rowland
Assistant United States Attorney
2012
  Michael M. Hughes, Sr. (posthumously)
Of counsel, Frantz Ward LLP
2012

Thomas S. Kilbane (posthumously)
Partner, Squire Sanders Dempsey LLP
2011



Ian N. Friedman
Founder, Ian N. Friedman Associates LLC
2010

Frank R. DeSantis
Partner, Thompson Hine
2009

Hugh E. McKay 
Partner-in-charge, Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP
2008
   

Deborah A. Coleman 
Partner, Hahn Loeser + Parks LLP
2007
   

C. Lyonel Jones (posthumously)

Director, The Legal Aid Society of Clevealnd
2006
   

Charles F. Clarke
Partner, Squire Sanders Dempsey LLP
2005
   


Niki Z. Schwartz
Partner, Schwartz, Kushner, Rendon Co., LPA
2004
   


Mark O'Neill
Of counsel, Weston Hurd
2003
 


Hon. Patricia A. Hemann 
Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Ohio
2002
   


Marvin L. Karp
Partner, Ulmer & Berne LLP
2001
   


Kathleen Donovan Onders
Lawyer Referral Service Coordinator
(216) 539-5979
konders@clemetrobar.org

Kathleen Donovan Onders
Lawyer Referral Service Coordinator
(216) 539-5979
konders@clemetrobar.org