Patricia A. Shlonsky

Patricia A. Shlonsky

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employee Benefits Attorney in Cleveland, OH

Ulmer & Berne LLP
 | Skylight Office Tower, 1660 West 2nd Street, Suite 1100
Cleveland, OH 44113
Phone: 216-583-7012
Fax: 216-583-7013
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2006, 2008 - 2009, 2011 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1984
Practice Areas:
  • Employee Benefits
Attorney Profile

Patty serves as Partner-In-Charge of Ulmer & Berne's Cleveland Office.  In addition to guiding the office's development, client service and business operations efforts, Patty chairs the Employee Benefits and the Tax Practice Groups.  With more than 30 years of experience, Patty's practice focuses on assisting clients in the establishment, qualification and maintenance of all types of employee benefit plans. She advises clients regarding employee benefit compliance issues, benefits issues which arise in mergers and acquisitions, privacy and data security issues under HIPAA, health benefits, executive compensation, and represents clients involved in governmental and private dispute resolution. Patty also has comprehensive experience handling all types of ERISA litigation. She has achieved the highest ranking, AV Preeminent®, from Martindale-Hubbell®, and is ranked as one of Ohio's leading Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation lawyers by Chambers USA and is named to Best Lawyers in America® in Employee Benefits Law.

About Patricia Shlonsky

Admitted: 1984, Ohio

Professional Webpage:


  • Named to Best Lawyers in America, Employee Benefits Law, Woodward/White (2003-2015)
  • Named as Best Lawyers’ Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law “Lawyer of the Year” (2015)
  • Ranked as one of Ohio's leading Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation lawyers by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2007-2014)
  • Recognized as one of the Top 50 Female Lawyers in the State of Ohio and one of the Top 25 Female Lawyers in Cleveland by Ohio Super Lawyers (2013; 2014)

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • WEB (Working in Employee Benefits)
  • American Society of Pension Actuaries Benefits Council of Cleveland (Former Vice President and Trustee)  

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Dress for Success Cleveland (Honorary Board Member; Board Member 2003-2011; Past Board Chair 2005-2008)
  • Cuyahoga County Public Library--Board of Trustees
  • Leadership Cleveland, Class of 2012
  • Cuyahoga County Public Library Foundation--Board Member
  • The Center for Community Solutions-Board Member

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • "Trends in Health Care and Pension Benefits," chapter author, Recent Changes in Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation, 2014 ed.: Leading Lawyers on Understanding ERISA Changes, Navigating Disclosure Guidelines, and Designing Compliance Strategies, Thomson Reuters/Aspatore (April 2014)

Educational Background:

  • Miami University (B.A., 1981)  
Office Location for Patricia A. Shlonsky

Skylight Office Tower
1660 West 2nd Street, Suite 1100
Cleveland, OH 44113

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Last Updated: 7/16/2018

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