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M. Patricia Oliver

Cleveland, OH | D 216.696.4149 | F 216.592.5009 | M 216.904.9392

Pat Oliver shares her rich and diverse corporate and financial services background, savvy business acumen, and unique industry perspective as chair of the Tucker Ellis Financial Services industry team.

Pat’s is a multifaceted career. In addition to her wide-ranging experience in the areas of securities, corporate governance, and mergers and acquisitions both within and outside the financial services industry, Pat maintains an active practice representing banks and thrifts before federal and state regulators. Her decades of private practice are complemented by invaluable service as an inside advisor.

As a former executive vice president, general counsel, chief corporate governance officer, and corporate secretary of Fortune 500, NYSE-listed BB&T Corporation, Pat brought a fresh perspective to risk management by designing a legal department structure to further the company’s strategic objectives. During her tenure at BB&T, Pat and her legal team developed and successfully rolled out an “exceptional service and quality business model” (the “ESQ Model”). The client-centric model focuses on delivery of value-added services, maintaining effective partnerships with selected outside firms, and achieving significant reductions in legal spend. Managing and leveraging legal talent, achieving operational efficiencies, and tracking performance metrics round out the components of this model for managing a legal function as a business.

Her private practice career path is punctuated by her tenure as a partner with Squire Sanders. Trained as a corporate generalist, Pat developed a passion for the financial services industry early in her career. As chair of Squire Sanders’s financial services practice, she developed a successful strategic plan for the firm's first cross-functional, industry-based practice. This multimillion-dollar, world-wide operation served as a valuable model for other industry-based practices, and drives Tucker Ellis’s approach to its own industry-based practices. She joins Tucker Ellis following a brief tenure with Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease, where she represented well-known Northeast Ohio-based financial institutions in matters of corporate governance, capital-raising, executive compensation, and mergers and acquisitions. Her intense focus on regulatory matters proved critical to clients challenged by significant scrutiny as a result of the recession.

Pat’s forward-thinking, client-centric approach makes her a natural fit for Tucker Ellis and the firm’s commitment to providing a different and better client experience. Ethical, strategic, and team oriented, Pat strikes the right balance with clients as both their trusted advisor and their corporate quarterback—making sure all matters are handled by those best qualified and in the most efficient, cost-effective way.

In her free time, you can find Pat enjoying a variety of activities, including golfing, watercolor painting, gardening, and cooking.

education & admissions


  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law (J.D., 1980); Case Western Reserve Law Review, Managing Editor (1979-1980); Edwin G. Halter Scholar
  • Allegheny College (B.A., magna cum laude, 1976); Alden Scholar

state admissions

  • Ohio, 1980
  • North Carolina, 2007
publications & events

Speaking Engagements

  • "Diversity in Banking," Bank Board Training Forum, Nashville, Tennessee (May 2019)
  • "Racing for Success: What Is Effective Board Engagement?", Fifth Annual Banking Forum: Off to the Races!, Tucker Ellis LLP, Cleveland, Ohio (November 2018)
  • "How to Be a Successful Wizard – Importance of the Board in M&A Success," Fourth Annual Banking Forum: How to Be a Wizard of Banking M&A, Tucker Ellis LLP, Cleveland, Ohio (November 2017)
  • "Navigating the Seas of M&A," Moderator, Third Annual Banking Forum: Charting the Course of Bank M&A, Tucker Ellis LLP, Cleveland, Ohio (November 2016)
  • "Building Effective Teams and Networking," Lecturer, Case Western Reserve University Law Business Colloquium, Cleveland, Ohio (November 2016)
  • "The Brave New World of Bank M&A," Moderator, UNC Banking Institute, UNC Center for Banking & Finance, Charlotte, North Carolina (April 2016)
  • "Doing a Deal and Successful Integration," Moderator, The Mutual Business Model, Columbus, Ohio (February 2016)
  • “Legal/Regulatory Update,” Crowe Horwath 2015 Annual Financial Institutions Conference, Columbus, Ohio (November 2015)
  • “View from the Top: Secrets of Bank M&A Rock Stars,” Moderator, Tucker Ellis/Elizabeth Park Capital Management Second Annual Banking Forum: Be an M&A Rock Star, Cleveland, Ohio (November 2015)
  • “M&A Legal and Regulatory Update,” Sandler O’Neill Bank Strategy Conference, Akron, Ohio (September 2015)
  • “Data Security and Financial Services: Working with a Sophisticated Industry,” Tucker Ellis Privacy and Data Security Risks: Are You Prepared?, Cleveland, Ohio (July 2015)
  • “The ABA Grit Project,” Tucker Ellis Women’s Initiative (April 2015)
  • “Hot Topics for Community Banks,” Moderator, UNC Banking Institute, UNC Center for Banking & Finance (March 2015)
  • “Taking Down the Net: Winning Strategies for Enterprise Risk Management,” Moderator, Tucker Ellis/McGladrey Marching Through the Madness: Making Your Financial Services Team a Winner in Risk and Compliance, Cleveland, Ohio (March 2015)
  • “Drawing Up a Game Plan: Litigation Madness,” Tucker Ellis/McGladrey Marching Through the Madness: Making Your Financial Services Team a Winner in Risk and Compliance, Cleveland, Ohio (March 2015)
  • “Complex Business Organizations: Identifying and Addressing Conflicts,” Ohio Professional Conduct Program, Tucker Ellis LLP, Cleveland, Ohio (December 2014)
  • “Getting Ready for the M&A Dance,” Moderator, Tucker Ellis/Elizabeth Park Capital Management First Annual Banking Forum: Shall We Dance?, Cleveland, Ohio (November 2014)
  • “Take the Risk, Lean-in and Move Up!”, Women’s Law and Leadership Conference, Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Cleveland, Ohio (October 2014)
  • “General Counsel Forum – Hot Topics and the Role of the General Counsel,” Moderator, 2014 In-House Counsel Summit, Tucker Ellis LLP, Cleveland, Ohio (October 2014)
  • “Team Building and Project Management,” Case Western Reserve School of Law, Law and Leadership Class, Cleveland, Ohio (October 2014)
  • “An Update on Creating a World Class Legal Department,” The General Counsel Roundtable of the Corporate Executive Board, Washington, D.C. (2008)
  • “Fundamentals of the Securities Laws,” ALI-ABA (2007, 2008)
  • “Developments in Corporate Governance: Special Issues for Financial Services Companies” (panel member and moderator), UNC Banking Institute, UNC Center for Banking & Finance (2007)
  • “Conflicts of Interest for Corporate Lawyers,” Dan C. Moore, Program in Ethics, UNC Center for Banking & Finance (2007)
  • “Corporate Compliance Program,” American Bar Association Business Law Section, Direct Women Institute (2007)
  • BB&T Banking School (Corporate Governance instructor), Wake Forest University (2004-2007)
  • “Sarbanes-Oxley: The Perfect Storm” (keynote address), Pennsylvania Bankers Association Annual Meeting (2005)
  • “Do One Thing Every Day That Scares You,” Womble Carlyle’s Women’s Leadership Program (2005)



  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent® Peer Rating
  • Notable Women in Finance, Crain's Cleveland Business (2018)
  • Crain's Influential Women in Finance 2017
  • Cleveland’s Top Rated Lawyers (2012)
  • BB&T Corporation, jointly with BB&T Legal Department, Chairman’s Innovation Award for Exceptional Service and Quality (“ESQ”) Model (runner-up) (2005)
  • Diversity and the Bar: Women GCs in the Fortune 500, Minority Corporate Counsel Association (2005)
  • Ohio Super Lawyers® (2004)
  • Rainmaker Award, Northern Ohio Live Magazine (2003)
in the community
  • Civista Bancshares, Inc. and Civista Bank, Board of Directors (2017-present)
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law
    • Society of Benchers
      • Member (2008-present)
      • Treasurer (2013-2014)
      • Vice Chair (2014-2015)
      • Chair (2015-2016)
    • Deans' Visiting Committee (2012-present)
  • Beck Center
    • Board of Directors (2016-present)
      • Chair (2020-present)
    • Community Engagement Committee, Chair (2016-present)
  • Leadership Cleveland, Class of 2000
  • Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals
    • Ohio Chapter (2010-present)
    • North Carolina Chapter (2004-2007)
  • National Association of Corporate Directors (2010-present)
  • University of North Carolina School of Law, Center for Banking and Finance Advisory Board (2004-present)
  • Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland
    • Development Advisory Council (1993-2004)
    • Advisory Board
      • Founding Member (1993-2004, 2008-2013)
      • Chair (2014-present)
  • Hitchcock Center for Women (1982-1990)
    • Board of Trustees
    • Secretary, Treasurer, President
  • Old Salem, Inc. (2005-2008)
    • Board of Trustees
    • Ad-Hoc Strategic Planning Committee, Chair
  • Children’s Aid Society
    • Board of Trustees (1993-2004)
    • President (1997-2001)
  • Applewood Centers, Board of Trustees (2001-2004)
  • Alcoholism Services of Cleveland, Board of Trustees (1995-1998)
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
    • Securities Law Section, Past Chair
    • Banking and Financial Services Section, Past Chair
    • Banking and Business Law Section, Member
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • The Financial Services Roundtable, Lawyers’ Council Member (2004-2007)
  • General Counsel Roundtable (2004-2007)
  • Association of Corporate Counsel (2004-2007)
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