Patrick J. Cleary


Patrick Cleary represents clients on a wide variety of real estate and business transactions. He recognizes that every situation is unique and provides a detailed approach that allows him to deliver value to each client.

In law school, Patrick was part of the Entrepreneurial Business Law Clinic, where he represented start-up, non-profit, and early stage companies in a wide array of transactional matters ranging from entity selection to financing.

These experiences helped him develop his research- and contracts-related skills, preparing him for a career in transactional law. Patrick was also an Articles Editor for The Ohio State Law Journal as well as the Vice President of General Fundraising for Ohio State’s Public Interest Law Foundation. Patrick served as an Extern with the Federal Public Defender for the Southern District of Ohio Capital Habeas Unit, and as a Law Clerk with The Ohio State University Office of Legal Affairs.

Patrick spent his 2019 summer with Schwabe as a Summer Associate.



  • Counseled a large non-profit organization through entity selection and tax exemption.
  • Drafted formation documents and equity agreements for early stage corporations.
  • Researched and analyzed questions of law regarding complex real estate and regulatory matters.
  • Advised an early stage company on equity and debt based financing options.

Memberships & Awards


  • Multnomah Bar Association, Member (2020-present)
  • Ohio State Law Journal, Staff Editor (2018-2019)
  • Ohio State Law Journal, Articles Editor (2019-2020)
  • Public Interest Law Foundation, Vice President of Fundraising (2018-2019)


  • Public Service Fellow, Ohio State University Moritz College of Law (2020)
  • Eminent Scholar Award, Ohio State University Moritz College of Law (2017-2020)
  • Vice President for Student Affairs Outstanding Leadership Award, Adams State University (2017)

Resources & Ideas

Community Activities

Community Activities

  • Tenant Advocacy Project, Pro Bono Volunteer (2018)




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Outside The Office