Michele Connell serves as managing partner of the firm’s Cleveland office and is a partner in the Corporate Practice. She is also a member of the firm’s Latin America Executive Committee, with particular expertise in mergers and acquisitions in Brazil.
Michele focuses her practice on international mergers and acquisitions, compliance and securities law matters, and corporate governance practices. Michele has completed transactions in more than 20 countries and routinely manages teams of professionals across the globe. She counsels multiple public and private companies and their boards of directors on shareholder activism, corporate governance practices and securities compliance matters.
Before attending law school, Michele was a foreign service officer with the US Department of State, serving as a diplomat in Warsaw, Poland and Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Michele received the Meritorious Honor Award from the US government for her service.
Michele is recognized as an Ohio Super Lawyer, a distinction honoring the top lawyers in the state; selected by Corporate Counsel and Inside Counsel as an honoree in the 2018 National Women in Law Awards; named a 2017 “Women Worth Watching,” by Profiles in Diversity Journal; highly regarded in IFLR1000 2019 for M&A, with a focus on the technology and telecommunications sector; cited as a 2016 Leading Lawyer in the International Financial Law Review’s Financial & Corporate: United States; and has been recognized as a Leading Lawyer in Latin America the last two years by the International Financial Law Review’s Energy and Infrastructure: Latin America Guide.
Michele is a member of the Board of Directors of University Hospitals of Cleveland and United Way of Greater Cleveland. She is also on the Board of Trustees and executive committee of University Circle, Inc. Michele is in the leadership of DirectWomen, a national nonprofit that works to increase the representation of women lawyers on corporate boards, and is a member of In Counsel with Women. She is a member of the Board of Directors of BVU: The Center for Nonprofit Excellence, and serves on the visiting committee for Case Western Reserve University School of Law. She is also a former member of the Board of Directors of the Squire Patton Boggs Foundation, which promotes the role of public service and pro bono work in the practice of law and the development of public policy.