Meet Michael

MCH Updated HeadshotFor more than 35 years, Michael C. Hennenberg has defended people accused of serious crimes in federal, state and municipal courts in Cleveland and Northern Ohio. During that time he has earned a reputation as an effective defense advocate for people accused of white collar crimes, health care fraud, drug crimes and other felonies. Mr. Hennenberg also conducts an active appellate representation practice.

Michael C. Hennenberg has written and lectured extensively on topics in criminal law, and he is recognized as one of Ohio's leading criminal defense lawyers.

Michael is also Of Counsel with the firm of Dinn, Hochman & Potter, LLC.

EDUCATION

  • The Ohio State University (B.S., Business Administration), 1970
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (J.D.), Cleveland State University, 1974

COURT ADMISSIONS

  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • State of Ohio

PRO HAC VICE ADMISSIONS

  • United States District Court for the District of South Carolina (Charleston)
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court, Northern District of New York

SELECTED REPORTED DECISIONS

Cuyahoga Cty. Bar Assn. v. Robert Garfield, 109 Ohio St. 3d 103 (Supreme Court of Ohio 2006), Michael C. Hennenberg, Co-Counsel for Respondent. (Attorney Discipline)

Lake Cty. Bar Assn v. Donald Ezzone, 102 Ohio St. 3d 79 (Supreme Court of Ohio 2004), Michael C. Hennenberg, Co-Counsel for Respondent. (Attorney Discipline)

James Samuel Sims v. Ted Engle, 619 F.2d 598 (United States Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit, 1980), 67 L.Ed.2d 372 (United States Supreme Court, 1981) (Double jeopardy – defendant was serving two (2) consecutive life sentences. United States Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit reversed the District Court's denial of the Writ of Habeas Corpus thereby ordering the defendant's immediate release from consecutive life sentences. The United States Supreme Court denied the Ohio Attorney General's Petition for Certiorari thereby refusing to reverse the Sixth Circuit's decision that the defendant be released immediately.)

Pepper Pike v. Doe, 66 Ohio St.2d 374 (Supreme Court of Ohio, 1981) Michael C. Hennenberg, Co-Counsel for Appellant. (Expungement of Arrest Records)

State of Ohio v. Thomas Pearson, 62 Ohio St. 2d 291 (Supreme Court of Ohio, 1980) Michael C. Hennenberg, Co-Counsel for Appellee. (Uncorroborated Testimony of Co-Defendant)

State of Ohio v. Lee, et al., 48 Ohio St.2d 208 (Supreme Court of Ohio, 1976) Michael C. Hennenberg, Co- Counsel for Appellant. (Speedy Trial — Statutory)

State of Ohio v. Robert Cornell, 72 OOp.2d 428 (Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, 1975) Michael C. Hennenberg, Counsel for Defendant. (Speedy Trial — Constitutional)

CERTIFICATIONS

Board Certified Criminal Law Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy, December 1984-Present.

Certified by the Ohio Supreme Court's Committee on the Appointment of Counsel for Indigent Defendants in Capital Cases.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2004

Trial lawyer, Dinn, Hochman & Potter, LLC, Of Counsel. Responsibilities include criminal defense, defense of regulatory proceedings, civil fraud, criminal tax, civil litigation, and appellate representation in State and Federal Courts.

1999 — 2003

Trial lawyer. Hennenberg Law Office, formerly Hennenberg & Associates. Responsibilities include criminal defense, defense of regulatory proceedings, civil fraud, criminal tax, civil litigation, and appellate representation in State and Federal Courts.

1994 — 1999

Partner and trial lawyer. Hennenberg & Brown. Responsibilities included criminal defense, defense of regulatory proceedings, civil fraud, criminal tax, civil litigation, and appellate representation in State and Federal Courts.

1991 — 1993

Managing partner and trial lawyer. Hennenberg, Stuplinski & Zukerman, Cleveland, Ohio. Responsibilities included criminal defense, defense of regulatory proceedings, civil fraud, criminal tax, civil litigation, and appellate representation in State and Federal Courts.

1974 — 1991

Partner and trial lawyer. Greene & Hennenberg, formerly Fink, Greene & Hennenberg, Cleveland, Ohio. Responsibilities included criminal defense, defense of regulatory proceedings, civil fraud, criminal tax, civil litigation, and appellate representation in State and Federal Courts.

1973 — 1974

Legal intern. Legal Aid-Public Defender's Office, Cuyahoga County, Cleveland, Ohio. Worked under the direction of William T. Wuliger, Esquire, First Assistant, Public Defender's Office. Responsibilities included assigned caseload in Cleveland Municipal Court, Criminal Division; research and brief writing; investigation in support of felony caseload; and research and writing of criminal appeals, state and federal.

1972 — 1973

Law clerk. Law Students Civil Rights Research Council, Cleveland Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio. Worked under the direction of Professor Ann Aldrich. Responsibilities included research and brief writing in criminal appeals, both state and federal.

1972

Deputy clerk. Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court, Child Support Division, Cleveland, Ohio. Worked under the direction of James Papp, Esquire. Responsibilities included interviewing with parties involved in child support matters and appearances before the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court.

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

American Board of Criminal Lawyers, Fellow, 1997-Present.

Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference, Life Member, 2003 — Present.

Eighth District Judicial Conference, Charter and Life Member, Co-Chairman, Criminal Justice Commission, 1987—1988.

Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Charter Member. Board of Directors 1986 — Current. Treasurer, 1986 --1988.

Panel Member, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, Common Pleas Court Arbitration Commission, Medical Malpractice, 1984 --1987.

Ohio State Bar Association, Criminal Justice Committee, 1984 — Present.

Criminal Law Journal Of Ohio, Editorial Advisory Board, Banks Baldwin Law Publishing Company, Cleveland, Ohio, 1989 -- 1992.

Cleveland Bar Association, Nominating Committee, 1989.

Cleveland Bar Association, Chairman, Victim of Crime Committee, 1988.

Cuyahoga Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, President 1987 --1988.

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Brief Bank Committee, 1986 —1988.

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, State & Local Bar Liaison Committee, 1986 —1988.

Cleveland Bar Association, Board of Trustees 1985 --1988.

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Lawyers Assistance Strike Force Committee, 1985 --1988.

Cuyahoga Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, President Elect 1986 --1987.

Cleveland Bar Association, Ad Hoc Committee to Establish a Public Service Clearing House for Matching Attorneys Wishing To Offer Public Service with Community Organizations Having Need for Such Service, 1985 --1986.

Testimony before the Ohio Senate and House Judiciary Committees regarding proposed legislation H.B. 326 re jury waivers in criminal trials; H.B. 192 re: mandatory availability of pre-sentence reports to defendants and defense counsel, and H.B. 338 re requirement that co-defendant's testimony in criminal trials be corroborated, 115th Ohio General Assembly (1985 —1986).

Cleveland Bar Association, Criminal Law Committee Legislative Liaison, 1983 --1986.

Cuyahoga Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, founder and editor of quarterly newsletter with a mailing distribution of approximately 2000 lawyers, judges and others interested in the criminal justice system, including but not limited to the Supreme Courts of the United States and Ohio, Courts of Appeal for all districts in Ohio, and all Common Pleas and Municipal Courts in Ohio, 1978 --1986.

Cuyahoga Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Board of Directors 1983 --1985.

Cleveland Bar Association, Judicial Selection Committee, 1982 --1985.

Cleveland Bar Association Task Force on Violent Crime, Steering Committee member and Co-Chairman, Robbery Sub-Task Force, 1982 to present. Directed the formation of the Cleveland Police Auxiliary, C-2 Base at King Kennedy Public Housing Project, founded March 26, 1984.

Cleveland Bar Association, Special Committee member on Criminal Trial Walk-Through for Young Lawyers, November, 1982.

Cleveland Bar Association, Criminal Law Committee, Past Chairman, 1981 --1982.

Panel Chairman, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, Common Pleas Court Arbitration Commission, 1974 — 1991.

Cleveland Bar Association, Criminal Law Committee, 1974 — Present.

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

  • American Bar Association
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • American Board of Criminal Lawyers
  • United States Supreme Court Historical Society
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Cuyahoga Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Cleveland Bar Association
  • Cuyahoga County Bar Association
  • Cleveland State University — Cleveland Marshall Law Alumni Association
  • Anti-Defamation League, Regional Board Member, 2001 — 2009

LECTURER

"Legal Ethics and Professionalism," Lorman Education Services, Cleveland, Ohio, November 10, 2011.

"Ethical Considerations in Connection with Ohio's New Discovery Rules in Criminal Cases," Death Penalty Seminar, Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, November 18, 2010.

Guest Moderator, "Death Penalty Defense Video Replay," Ohio State Bar Association, Cleveland, Ohio, November 18, 2009.

"Trial Tactics & Novel Defense Strategies," Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Cleveland, Ohio, April 18, 2008.

"A Practitioner's Guide to Professionalism, Ethics and Substance Abuse," Lorman Education Services, 2000-2004.

"A Practitioner's Guide to Professionalism, Ethics and Substance Abuse in Ohio," Lorman Education Services, Cleveland, Ohio, September 5, 2003.

"Masonic History and Law," Forest City Lodge, No. 388. F. A. & M.., 25th Annual Table Lodge, Wednesday, June 18, 2003.

"A Practitioner's Guide to Professionalism, Ethics and Substance Abuse in Ohio," Lorman Education Services, Cleveland, Ohio, September 5, 2002.

"Criminal Advocacy - Voir Dire," The Ohio State Bar Association CLE Institute, Cleveland, Ohio, November 15, 2001.

"A Practitioner's Guide to Professionalism, Ethics and Substance Abuse in Ohio," Lorman Education Services, Cleveland, Ohio, November 28, 2001.

"Joint Bar Initiative on Civility and Professionalism: Time for a Change," Cleveland and Cuyahoga County Bar Associations, Cleveland, Ohio, January 25, 2001.

"Plea Negotiations," The Ohio State Bar Association CLE Institute, 2000;

"A Practitioner's Guide to Professionalism, Ethics and Substance Abuse in Ohio," Lorman Education Services, Cleveland, Ohio, September 22, 2000.

"Plea Negotiations," The Ohio State Bar Association CLE Institute, Cleveland, Ohio, February 18, 2000.

"Handling the Domestic Violence Case," The Ohio State Bar Association CLE Institute, Cleveland, Ohio, August 20, 1999.

"Litigation Essentials: Talking to the Jury," The Cleveland Marshall Law Alumni Association, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland, Ohio, November 2, 1996.

"The Death Penalty — Is It Right for America? Is It Right For Free Masonry?" Forest City Mason's, Table Lodge Series, Cleveland, Ohio, June 28, 1995.

"Drug Treatment In Lieu of Conviction and Conditional Probation for Drug Treatment," Ohio Common Pleas Judges' Association, Columbus, Ohio, December 4, 1992.

"Defense Attorney's Role in A Criminal Case and Criminal Defense Pleadings," Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association, Cleveland, Ohio, November 7, 1992.

"Pleading and Practice in White Collar Cases," Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyer's Defense of White Collar Criminal Cases, Cleveland, Ohio, July, 1992.

"The Defense Attorney's Role," Cleveland Bar Association Criminal Trial Walk-Thru, Cleveland, Ohio, May, 1992.

"Death Penalty Case, Jury Voir Dire," Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyer's Death Penalty Seminar and Workshop, Cincinnati, Ohio, December, 1991.

"Preparation of the Defense of a Criminal Case," Dyke College, Cleveland, Ohio, January, 1991.

"Criminal Law and Procedure," Cleveland Bar Association Practice and Procedure Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio, January, 1990.

"Persuasion in Pleading and Practice," Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Third Annual Superstar CLE, Columbus, Ohio, October, 1989.

"Criminal Law and Procedure," Cleveland Bar Association Practice and Procedure Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio, February, 1989.

"Criminal Law and Procedure," Cleveland Bar Association Practice and Procedure Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio, January, 1988.

"Criminal Law and Procedure," Cleveland Bar Association Practice and Procedure Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio, January, 1987.

"Criminal Law and Procedure," Cleveland Bar Association Practice and Procedure Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio, January, 1986.

"Grand Jury Practice and Procedure," Cuyahoga County Law Directors Association monthly meeting, Cleveland, Ohio, January, 1986.

"What Every Lawyer Should Know About the New Sentencing Statutes," Greater Cleveland Bar Association Third Annual Trial Advocacy Institute, Cleveland, Ohio, February, 1983.

"Criminal Law and Procedure," Greater Cleveland Bar Association Practice & Procedure Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio, January, 1983.

"Criminal Defense Lawyer's Perspective of the New Rules of Evidence," The Greater Cleveland Bar Association Advocacy Institute, Cleveland, Ohio, January, 1981.

"Motion Practice in a Criminal Case," Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, Columbus, Ohio, February, 1981.

"Appellate Advocacy," Cleveland State University, College of Law, Cleveland, Ohio, April, 1980.

"New Ohio Drug Laws," Cuyahoga County Criminal Courts Bar Association Seminar on Criminal Law, Cleveland, Ohio, September, 1978.

GUEST PANELIST

Radio program – WERE; Strictly Business, "Federal White Collar Crime," Cleveland, Ohio, February 20, 1998.

Television program — TV 61; In Your Interest, "The Role of the Criminal Defense Attorney," Cleveland, Ohio, August, 1992.

Radio program — WERE; The Gary Dee Show, "The Death Penalty," Cleveland, Ohio, May, 1992.

Television program — Continental Cable, North Coast Connection "The Death Penalty in the United States," Cleveland, Ohio, May, 1992.

Radio program — WERE; Inside the Law Business, "What's Clogging the Docket," Cleveland, Ohio, October, 1990.

Television program — Channel 5, The Morning Exchange "The Death Penalty — Is It An Appropriate Punishment," Cleveland, Ohio, April, 1990.

Radio program — Cleveland State University, "The Law and You," Cleveland, Ohio, January, 1983.

Radio program — Cleveland State University, "The Law and You," Cleveland, Ohio, August, 1980.

Radio program — Cleveland State University, "The Law and You," Cleveland, Ohio, August, 1978.

Television program — Channel 43: "Coffee Cup Series," Role of the Defense Lawyer and Prosecutor in a Criminal Case, Cleveland, Ohio, June, 1977.

ARTICLES and PROFESSIONAL PUBLICATIONS

West Group FNA West Publishing/Banks Baldwin, 1993 — 2006, Criminal Defense Motions and Pleadings, published on CD Rom, the Internet and Diskette, by West Group as part of the Baldwin's Ohio Practice Library (co-authored by Michael C. Hennenberg and Harry R. Reinhart).

The Vindicator (Official Publication of the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers) Winter 1992, "Deposition Testimony and the Alleged Child Sex Offense Victim: R.C. 2907.41" (co-authored by Michael C. Hennenberg and Marianne Milligan)

"An Analysis of R.C. 2951.041 — Drug Treatment In Lieu of Conviction," Criminal Law Journal of Ohio Vol. 1, Issue 5, September/October, 1989.

"The Victims of Crime – An Overview," Cleveland Bar Journal Vol. 59, No. 5, March 1988.

"Conducting a Defense Jury Voir Dire Through the Judge in Federal District Court" (co-authored by Michael C. Hennenberg and Mark R. DeVan), The Champion (Official Publication of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers) Vol. II, No. 2, March 1987.

"A Success Story in the Fight Against Crime," Cleveland Bar Journal Vol. 55, No. 9, July-August 1984.

"Expungement of Arrest Records, City of Pepper Pike v. Jane Doe, 66 Ohio St. 2d 374" (Ohio Supreme Court 1981), Cuyahoga County Criminal Courts Bar Association Newsletter Vol. 4, No. 4, September-October 1981.

"Alleged Drug Law Violators — Statutory Right to Have an Independent Chemical Analysis of the Alleged Controlled Substance, O.R.C. Sec. 2925.51," Cuyahoga County Criminal Courts Bar Association Newsletter Vol. 3, No. 3, November-December 1980.

"Arrest for Misdemeanor — New Ohio Statute, Sec. 2935.26," Cuyahoga County Criminal Courts Bar Association Newsletter Vol. No. 8, December 1978.

"Time Off for Good Behavior, Sec. 2967.19, O.R.C.," Cuyahoga County Criminal Courts Bar Association Newsletter Vol. 1, No. 7, November 1978.

"Drug Law, Sec. 2951.04, O.R.C., Treatment in Lieu of Conviction," Cuyahoga County Criminal Courts Bar Association Newsletter Vol. 1, No. 6, October 1978.

"Conditional Probation for Drug Treatment, Sec. 2951.04, Ohio Revised Code," Cuyahoga County Criminal Courts Bar Association Newsletter Vol. 1, No. 4, August 1978.

"Shock Parole Summary," Cuyahoga County Criminal Courts Bar Association Newsletter Vol. 1, No. 3, June 1978.

CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS, ACTIVITIES AND AWARDS

  • Ohio Super Lawyers, voted by peers for inclusion (2004 — Present)
  • Greater Cleveland Growth Association
  • United States Golf Association
  • Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity
  • The Citizens League of Greater Cleveland
  • Commendation from Ohio Senate for work in establishing Cleveland Police Auxiliary, C-2 Base at King Kennedy Public Housing Project. 115th Ohio
  • General Assembly (1985)
  • Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies
  • Hebrew Free Loan Association, (Board of Directors 1979-1983)
  • Jewish Community Federation (Attorney's & Accountant's Division), 1985-Present
  • At Large member Long Range Planning Task Force for Holocaust
  • Commemoration (1983)
  • Israel Bonds, Cleveland, Committee New Leadership Division (1982-1985)
  • Israel Bonds, Cleveland, "New Life Award" for Hennenberg Family, December 1982.
  • Guest panelist, radio station WDOK - Cleveland, Ohio. Report on the world gathering of Jewish Holocaust survivors, held in Israel, August 1981.
  • Kol Israel Foundation Second Generation
  • United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE

Countries and Islands visited include Antigua, Aruba, Austria, Bahamas, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Germany, France, Great Britain, Greece, Holland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Poland, Puerto Rico, Russia, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, Sweden, Switzerland, and Turkey.

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