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Harlin G. Adelman, JD

Harlin Adelman

Harlin G. Adelman, JD

Chief Legal Officer


Harlin G. Adelman, JD, was elected Chief Legal Officer and Secretary for the UH system effective in March 2019. Prior to becoming Chief Legal Officer, he served as the Vice President & Deputy General Counsel for the UH Law Department, responsible for day-to-day management of the Department, including corporate transactional work and claims and litigation. In his role as Chief Legal Officer, Mr. Adelman leads all legal affairs, internal audit, claims and litigation, immigration and legal risk management. He also manages the Office of Board Administration overseeing corporate governance for the UH and UH Cleveland Medical Center Boards of Directors as well as more than 80 subsidiary entities within the UH system. Mr. Adelman also sits on the board of UH’s captive insurance company, Western Reserve Assurance Co., LTD., SPC.

Prior to joining UH in 1998, Mr. Adelman was a Senior Consultant with Medimetrix Group, a healthcare consulting firm. Prior to that, he was an associate in the healthcare practice group at the Benesch Friedlander law firm. His practice focused on healthcare industry business and operations as well as healthcare regulation, entity acquisition and consolidation, and administrative hearings with various state regulatory boards.

Mr. Adelman holds a Bachelor of Arts from Boston University with majors in biology and psychology and a Juris Doctor from the Boston University School of Law. He is a member of the Ohio and Metropolitan Bar Associations, former trustee of the Cleveland Bar Association’s Health Law Council and a member of the American Health Lawyers Association. Additionally, Mr. Adelman currently serves on the boards of the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio and the Cleveland Council on World Affairs. Mr. Adelman is a member of the Leadership Cleveland Class of 2019 and was an inaugural member and graduate of the University Hospitals Leadership Academy. He has also served as an adjunct professor at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law and the Kent State University Executive MBA Program.