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Deborah Z.Read


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Deborah Z.Read


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Press Releases

  • “A Match Made in Innovation,” Business of Law Forum, New York
  • “From Hiring to Billing: Digging Into Core Firm Management Issues,” Business of Law Forum, New York
  • Women in Hedge Funds,” Thompson Hine 10th Annual Hedge Fund Seminar
  • “How Women Lead,” Spotlight on Leadership Series
  • “Women in Leadership,” Cleveland Leadership Center, Lunch with Leaders Series
  • “Options for Donors Seeking Influence Over Charitable Gifts: A Comparison of Private Foundations, Supporting Organizations, and Donor Advised Funds,” Regional Exempt Organizations and Financial Advisors Forum
  • “Current Nonprofit Regulatory Trends: Are Your Practices in Need of Reform?”, Lorman Education Services
  • “Emerging Standards for Nonprofit Board Governance (Including H.R. 4 Governance Provisions),” Business Volunteers Unlimited
  • “Intermediate Sanctions: What Every Advisor Needs to Know,” The Ohio Society of CPAs
  • “Research and Technology Transfer,” American Health Lawyers Association
  • “Health Care Law Update,” Health Care Financial Management Association of Ohio
  • “Developments in Nonprofit Governance: The Evolution of New Standards,” Cleveland Tax Institute
  • “The Art and Science of Trusteeship,” Grantmakers in Aging National Meeting
  • “Board Liability Under Intermediate Sanctions,” Education Finance Council National Meeting
  • “Limited Liability Companies and Potential Uses by Health Care Providers,” National Health Lawyers Association
  • “Taxable Subsidiaries and Limited Liability Companies,” National Health Lawyers Association
  • Chairperson, Exempt Organizations Session, Cleveland Tax Institute
  • “Use of Compliance Plans by Health Care Providers,” Cleveland Society of Anesthesiologists
  • Invited speaker on numerous topics for client presentation and the Cleveland Tax Institute
  • Selected by Forbes as one of America’s Top 200 Lawyers, for her early pivot to innovation
  • Inducted into the Cleveland Business Hall of Fame, 2022
  • Named one of the “Power 150,” Crain’s Cleveland Business, 2020, 2022
  • Named one of the “Power 100: Top Leaders of Northeast Ohio,” Cleveland Magazine, 2017, 2018 and 2019
  • Named one of the Top 30 Leaders of Northeast Ohio, Cleveland Magazine
  • Named a “Legal Rebel,” ABA Journal, 2016, for bringing innovation to the practice of law
  • Honored as Woman of the Year at the Women Looking Ahead Law & Justice Awards, May 2016
  • Selected as one of the Top 10 Legal Innovators in North America, The Financial Times, 2015
  • Named to The National Law Journal‘s inaugural list of Outstanding Women Lawyers, 2015
  • Listed in “Northeast Ohio’s Most Connected,” Crain’s Cleveland Business, 2015
  • Named one of the “Power 100: The 100 Individuals Who Most Influence Northeast Ohio’s Economy,” Inside Business, 2013-2015
  • Selected as a Woman of Note, Crain’s Cleveland Business, 2012
  • Named a “Woman Worth Watching,” Diversity Journal, 2012
  • Honored as part of “Women Who Give Back,” Kaleidoscope Magazine, 2001 and 2012
  • Received the ATHENA Award presented by Inside Business, 2010
  • Named a Woman of Achievement by YWCA Greater Cleveland, 2006
  • Honored as a Rainmaker by Northern Ohio Live, 2006
  • Named a Thomson Reuters Stand-out Lawyer, 2024
  • Selected to the Ohio Super Lawyers list (Tax), 2004
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© since 2003 for Health Care Law, Nonprofit/Charities Law, and Tax Law; named the Best Lawyers® 2023 Nonprofit/Charities Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Cleveland
  • Honored as Volunteer of the Year, United Way of Greater Cleveland, 1998
  • AV Preeminent® Rated (Tax, Health Care) by Martindale-Hubbell®

Professional Associations

  • US Law Firm Group (USLFG), president
  • The 50 Club
  • In Counsel with Women
  • Leadership Cleveland, Class of 1999
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Cleveland Tax Institute, panel chair

Community Activities

  • Say Yes to Cleveland Foundation, director; Finance Committee, member
  • Greater Cleveland Partnership, director; Nominating Committee, member
  • Commission on Economic Inclusion, co-chair
  • Business Volunteers Unlimited, director; Governance Committee,
  • Playhouse Square Foundation, Board of Trustees, member; Finance Committee, member


  • Boston University School of Law, J.D., 1982
  • Ohio University, A.B., 1979,
    summa cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio
  • District of Columbia
  • Massachusetts (inactive)
  • Pennsylvania (inactive)

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. Supreme Court