Michele L. Hoza

  • Areas of Practice

    • Business
    • Mergers & Acquisitions

As a corporate lawyer, I offer my clients both legal advice and boardroom strategy support. I make it a priority to get to know my clients and understand their business, industry and key initiatives so I can best serve them. I take a very thoughtful approach to building and maintaining client relationships so that I can become a trusted member of my clients’ leadership teams.


My practice focuses on guiding businesses through sophisticated mergers and acquisitions, private and public securities matters, and serving as general counsel to offer day-to-day legal and business advice.


Whether I’m problem solving, helping my clients capitalize on opportunities, or guiding organizational leaders through strategic change, I go above and beyond to offer added value whenever I can, and ensure there are never any surprises.

  • Experience
      • Member of the Business Practice Group
      • Experience includes Corporate law, securities, energy & utilities and private equity
      • Provides counsel to companies ranging from start-up through publicly-traded companies
      • Specializes in securities law working on such transaction as capital formation (both private and public offerings), private placements of debt and equity securities, tender offers, proxy contests, mergers and asset purchase and sales
      • Counsels clients on ongoing SEC reporting requirements and corporate governance matters
      • Joined Buckingham as Partner in 2018
      1. Represented a publicly-held manufacturer in a $413 million private sale of the company
      2. Represented a publicly-traded holding company operating local natural gas utilities in a $200 million merger with an energy infrastructure investment fund
      3. Represented a publicly-traded company with net sales in excess of $300 million in the formation and strategic acquisition of businesses located in the United States and several foreign countries and the $94 million sale of a primary business segment in China
      4. Represented a Northeast Ohio energy company in its formation, structuring and financing from a global private equity firm in excess of $90 million
      5. Represented a publicly-held manufacturer in a Rule 144A offering and subsequent exchange offer for publicly-traded bonds, and concurrent completion of a $30 million credit facility
      6. Represented a publicly-traded utility company in connection with its $50 million shelf offering
      7. Successfully defended a publicly-traded company against a dissident shareholder in his proxy campaign to replace the board of directors
  • Education & Admissions
      • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH (J.D., cum laude, 2001)
        • Managing Editor, Cleveland State Law Review, 1999-2000
      • Kent State University, Kent, OH (B.A., 1993)
    • Admissions
      • Ohio Bar
      • Ohio State Courts
  • Awards & Honors
      • Selected for inclusion in Ohio’s Super Lawyers® – Rising Stars (2009-2010)
  • Professional & Civic Involvement
      • Board Member: United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Cleveland
      • Revere Schools Foundation, Board Member
      • Volunteer, Center for Innovation & Transition in Employment, Kent State University
      • Volunteer, Junior Achievement of Cleveland
    • Associations
      • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Securities Law Section
  • Presentations & Publications
    • <ul> <li>"Protecting intellectual property, limited liability status, warranties and consumer issues," LaunchHouse Seed Capital Fund Business Accelerator (Frequent Speaker)</li> </ul>