J. Paul Fidler

J. Paul Fidler: Attorney with Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell LLP


Paul Fidler joined Schneider, Smeltz, Ranney & LaFond P.L.L. in 1996 and became a partner in 2003. In 2016, Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell LLP was formed through the combination of practices of two of the oldest and most established firms in Cleveland. His practice emphasizes estate planning and administration; trust administration; probate litigation; income taxation of estates, trusts and individuals; planning for charitable gifts and foundations; and business succession planning.

Paul is a frequent speaker and author on a wide range of estate planning topics. Paul has a particularly strong expertise in qualified retirement plans and IRAs, which often are a client’s most valuable asset. In 2012, while Chair of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (CMBA) Estate Planning, Probate & Trust Law Section, Paul had the opportunity to coordinate and host the “Hot Topics for Estate Planners” seminar. His presentation at the CMBA Estate Planning Institute entitled, “Spendthrift Provisions: Wouldn’t You Like to be a Spendthrift Too?” was also published in the Probate Law Journal of Ohio. Paul is an active member of the Broadview Road Church of Christ, where he currently serves as Treasurer, a Trustee, and on various service-oriented committees.

Paul enjoys playing soccer in adult soccer leagues.

Paul lives in Olmsted Falls with his wife, Katie, and two children.

Areas of Practice (10)

  • Business Succession Planning
  • Charitable Planning
  • Estate Administration
  • Estate Planning and Probate
  • Family Foundations
  • Probate Litigation
  • Retirement Distribution Planning
  • Taxation
  • Trust Administration
  • Wealth Transfer

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(216) 696-4200 ext. 1113  Phone
(216) 696-7303  Fax
University Attended:
Pennsylvania State University, B.S., 1993
Law School Attended:
Ohio State University, J.D., 1996
Year of First Admission:
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio; U.S. Tax Court; 1996, Ohio
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association; Ohio State Bar Association; American Bar Association
Birth Information:
Frankfurt, Germany, March 10, 1971
Payment Information:
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover

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