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 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; named a 2017 “Women Worth Watching,” by Profiles in Diversity Journal; 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.