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Michael D. Makofsky is a Principal at McCarthy Lebit. He represents diverse businesses in transactional, day-to-day industry matters including those businesses who are selling, acquiring, reorganizing, or merging. Michael assists clients in all aspects of complex mergers and acquisitions (M&A), such as structuring the transaction, performing due diligence, securing financing relationships, negotiating terms and documenting transactions. He also works closely with angel and venture capital funds, corporate strategic investors, family offices and other institutional investors structuring investments and transactions. He works to provide practical counsel designed for the unique needs of emerging growth companies.

Michael also represents a broad range of financial institutions and financial service providers, including banks, commercial finance companies, mezzanine and specialty lenders. Michael counsels borrowers, agents and syndicate members in commercial finance transactions ranging from large transactions to single-lender, single-borrower transactions. He has significant experience in asset-based lending, cash flow lending, multi-state, multi-currency and cross-border secured financing, financing secured by unusual types of collateral, ESOP loans, letter of credit facilities, health care financing, bond financing, and other capital transactions.


  • 1111 Superior Avenue East, Suite 2700
    Cleveland, OH 44114


  • English


  • University of Dayton, B A

Bar Admissions

  • United States, Ohio
  • United States, U.S. District Court Northern District of
  • United States, U.S. District Court Southern District of
  • United States, U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • United States, U.S. Supreme Court


  • Cleveland Employment Lawyers Association - Member
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association - Member
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation - Member
  • Litigation Counsel of America - Fellow
  • Ohio Employment Lawyers Association - Member
  • Ohio State Bar Association - Member
  • The National Trial Lawyers - Member
  • American Association for Justice, Employment Rights Section - Past Chair
  • Eighth District Judicial Conference - Life Member

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2022 - Litigation - Labor and Employment Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2020 - Employment Law - Individuals

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Litigation - Labor and Employment, Cleveland (2022)
  • Employment Law - Individuals, Cleveland (2020)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Employment Law - Individuals
  • Employment Law - Management
  • Litigation - Labor and Employment


  • Avvo Clients' Choice Award 2012 & 2015
  • Avvo Rating of 10.0 Superb
  • Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ of AV® Preeminent™
  • Smart Business' Smart Women Awards: Progressive Woman Honoree 2017
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Women in Law Making a Difference Recipient 2014
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • "Advocate" Certification from the National College of Advocacy
  • "Notable In Law" by Crain's Cleveland Business, 2022
  • Ohio Super Lawyers® Top 50 in Cleveland, 2020-2022
  • Ohio Super Lawyers® Top 50 Women in Ohio, 2017, 2019-2022
  • Ohio Super Lawyers® Top 100, 2020-2022
  • Ohio Super Lawyers® Rising Star, 2005-2012
  • Notable Women in Law, Crain's Cleveland Business, 2018
  • Certified Specialist in Labor and Employment Law by the Ohio State Bar Association
  • Ohio Super Lawyers®, 2016-2022
  • Ohio Super Lawyers® Top 25 Women in Cleveland, 2017, 2019-2022

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