Michelle Johnson Tidjani
In 1998, when Michelle Johnson Tidjani became one of the first WLAM Foundation scholarship awardees, she was completing her legal education at University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and preparing to launch her career. Since then she has established herself as a preeminent healthcare lawyer. She currently serves as Deputy Chief Legal Officer at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation where she is recognized for her expertise in healthcare reimbursement, reform, antitrust, and regulatory matters.
In addition to her work at Cleveland Clinic, Michelle has served as Senior Counsel for Tenet Healthcare Corporation in Dallas, Texas, as an Assistant Corporation Counsel for Wayne County, and in private practice at Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman and Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge. Along the way, Michelle has served as an adjunct professor at Grand Valley State University and Siena Heights University and a lecturer for Cleveland State University – John Marshall College of Law, Michigan Association of Homes and Services for the Aged, and the Michigan State Medical Society. Michelle has authored articles on clinical integration and healthcare reform and served as a featured speaker for various organizations including the American Health Lawyers Association and the American Corporate Counsel Association.
Michelle’s leadership is demonstrated not only by her professional achievements, but also by her commitment to promoting diversity in both law and healthcare. Michelle is a member of the Cleveland Clinic Executive Diversity Counsel and a mentor for the Cleveland Clinic Young Business Leaders and the 3Rs program of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association. She has served on the WLAM Foundation board, as the Treasurer for the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan, and as a member of several legal and healthcare associations. In 2014, the Norman S. Minor Bar Association honored Michelle as a Trailblazer.
Although her career has moved her away from Michigan, Michelle continues to support the goals of WLAM Foundation. This spring Michelle responded to WLAM Foundation’s invitation to our Annual Reception not only by traveling back to Michigan, but by filling a table of guests.
The WLAM Foundation celebrates Michelle Johnson Tidjani and her remarkable career.