Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation


The Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation (CMBF) is the charitable fundraising arm of the CMBA. It raises critical dollars for the association’s nationally recognized "Lawyers Giving Back" public outreach and pro bono legal service programs.  Each year, nearly 1,000 attorneys support these programs with volunteer service. The programs supported by the Bar Foundation change individual lives in a way that positively impacts the community. The CMBF is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

2019-2020 Foundation President: Patrick J. Krebs

Pat is a member of Taft’s Litigation, Public Law, and Sports Law practice groups. Pat represents clients in various types of business, employment, and real estate litigation matters. He is recognized as an Ohio Super Lawyer for Business Litigation. Pat also has experience representing professional athletes. 

A native Clevelander, Pat is a 1993 graduate of St. Ignatius High School. He received a four-year athletic scholarship to play football at Villanova University where he graduated cum laude in 1997. Pat earned his J.D., cum laude, from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 2000.

Pat is active in various organizations and volunteers his time to several worthwhile causes, including serving as a tutor to high school students as part of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation’s 3Rs Program, serving as a mentor to new attorneys through the Supreme Court of Ohio’s Lawyer-to-Lawyer Mentoring Program, and serving as a coach for youth sports. He and his family reside in University Heights.