Rick Manoloff is experienced as bond counsel, disclosure counsel, underwriter’s counsel and bank counsel in debt and lease financings, and as general counsel for Ohio political subdivisions, particularly school districts. He counsels public sector clients regarding financings, public records, open meetings, contracts, elections, tax levies and other matters, and is frequently invited to make public presentations on these topics. Rick has drafted and advises on school finance legislation, and is involved in state policy reviews.

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    Education

    • Yale University, J.D., Yale Law Journal, 1992
    • Harvard Divinity School, 1988
    • Princeton University, A.B., Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude, 1987

    Admissions

    • Ohio, 1992

    Courts

    • U.S. Dist. Ct., N. Dist. of Ohio, 1995
    • U.S. Ct. of App., Sixth Circuit, 1993

    Memberships and Affiliations

    Service to Government

    • Former Vice President, Chair of the Finance Committee, and member of the Board of Education of the Rocky River City School District
    • Former Chair of the Lakewood Community Governance Task Force (which rewrote the City’s charter ultimately approved by the voters)
    • Former member of the Rocky River Charter Review Commission

    Service to Bar and Legal Aid

    • Recent past President of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
    • Past President of the Cleveland Bar Foundation
    • Former member of the Board of Trustees of the Ohio State Legal Services Association (which provides direct legal services to low-income Ohioans and supports legal aid societies statewide)

    Service to the Community

    • Former member of the Board of Trustees of City Year Cleveland
    • Former member of the Board of Trustees of the Children’s Museum of Cleveland
    • Past President of the Board of Trustees of the Cleveland Association of Phi Beta Kappa

    Leadership Programs

    • Leadership Cleveland, Class of 2006
    • Cleveland Bridge Builders, Class of 2002
    • Recipient of Crain’s Cleveland Business’ “40 under 40” distinction
    • Since 2008, listed in The Best Lawyers in America, an honor based on an exhaustive peer-review process

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    • Co-author, Ohio School Law, Baldwin’s Ohio Handbook Series, Thomson Reuters.
    • Author, “Debt refinancing diminishes but can still be the right play”, OSBA Journal, Ohio School Boards Association, August 2018.
    • Co-author, “How to Win the Bored [sic] Meeting”, sbo quarterly, Ohio Association of School Business Officials, September 2018.
    • Author, “Examination, Exploration and Elaboration of the Education Implications of Taxation Legislation”, sbo quarterly, Ohio Association of School Business Officials, March 2018.

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