Clifford A. Roe, Jr.


Cliff Roe is the former Managing Partner of Dinsmore and Shohl LLP and the former Chairman of the Board of Directors, serving in those positions from 1997 to 2008. He is an honors graduate of Notre Dame Law School, where he was Note Editor of the Law Review. He graduated from Xavier University with a B.S. in English. He had previously served as Chairman of the Corporate Department for 13 years. Since the commencement of his career with the firm in 1967, Cliff has focused his practice on corporate and securities, and health care and banking matters. He has represented clients throughout the country in major mergers and acquisitions, corporate financings, health care transactions and numerous banking matters. Cliff served as the outside General Counsel of a national health care system for over 15 years. He is the Author of The Ohio Corporation: Legal Aspects of Organization and Operation (2010 - The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc.); Ohio Corporations Practice Guide: Ohio Corporations (May 1999 - West Group). Cliff has been included in The Best Lawyers in America since 1989, been named one of the top 100 Ohio Super Lawyers by Law & Politics Media; and recognized in America's Leading Business Lawyers for Corporate/M&A by Chambers USA.


  • University of Notre Dame Law School  (J.D., with honors, 1967)
    • Note Editor, Notre Dame Law Review
  • Xavier University  (B.S., 1964)

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio

Court Admissions

  • Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Southern District of Ohio


  • Board of Franciscam Ministries, Chairperson, 2014 - Present
  • Cincinnati Bar Association, Founding Chairman Corporation and Securities Law Committee, Member Planning Committee, Senior Counselor Committee
  • Legatus, Cincinnati Chapter, President 2005-2006
  • Leadership Cincinnati, Class IV
  • Cincinnati United Way, Board Member 1978-1983; Allocations Division Board Member 1974-1978; Neighborhood Services Allocations Committee 1972-1978; Chairman 1976-1978; New Agency Admissions Committee Chairman 1978-1983
  • General Counsel, National Franciscan Health Care System 1986-2002
  • St. Francis-St. George Hospital, Board Member 1981-1986, Chairman of Board 1985-1986
  • Franciscan Health System of Cincinnati, Board Member 1986-1989


  • Peer Review Rated AV in Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© for since 1989 
  • Named “Lawyer of the Year” in Cincinnati for Securities/Capital Markets by The Best Lawyers in America®, 2011
  • Selected by Law & Politics as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Ohio and one of the Top 50 Lawyers in Cincinnati when selection started in 2004 
  • Selected for the Ohio Super Lawyers® List since 2004
  • Listed in Chambers USA®: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Corporate/M&A (2004 - Present)
  • Named in Pritchard's The Legal 500 United States-Volume I Corporate and Finance under Mergers and Acquisitions, 2007
  • Note Editor, Notre Dame Law Review