Joseph P. Gibbons

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Joe Gibbons joined Schneider, Smeltz, Ranney, & LaFond P.L.L. in May 2005 and became a partner in January 2006. Schneider, Smeltz, Ranney & LaFond P.L.L. became Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell LLP in 2016, as two of the oldest and most established law firms in Cleveland combined. Prior to joining the firm in 2005, Joe spent the majority of his career with McGinty, Gibbons, Hilow & Spellacy Co., LPA and Carney & Broadbent, both located in downtown Cleveland, Ohio.

Over the years, Joe represented a variety of individuals, businesses, institutions and governmental entities. Joe's primary practice areas include counseling closely-held businesses, real estate, estate and business succession planning, estate planning, estate and trust administration, and related litigation.

He is active in community and civic affairs, having served as a member of City Council for the City of Lakewood (1992 - 1995), Member and past President of the Lakewood Civil Service Commission (1996 - current) and on many boards and commissions in the City of Lakewood. He served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Lakewood Catholic Academy, as a Member and Officer of the Board of Trustees of Lakewood Hospital Foundation, and as a Member of the Lakewood Hospital Board. Currently, Joe is a member and President of the Board of Trustees of Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

Joe remains an avid ice hockey player and runner, and has performed in a number of local community theater productions, along with his wife, Peggy.

Joe and Peggy have two adult children and reside in Lakewood.

Areas of Practice (12)

  • Business Succession Planning
  • Estate Administration
  • Estate Planning and Probate
  • Probate Litigation
  • Trust Administration
  • Business Law
  • Probate
  • Real Estate
  • Trusts and Estates
  • Corporate Law
  • Closely Held Corporations
  • Nonprofit Corporations

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(216) 696-4200 ext. 1123  Phone
216-696-7303  Fax
University Attended:
John Carroll University, B.A., cum laude, 1976
Law School Attended:
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D., 1979
Year of First Admission:
1979, Ohio
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (Member, Sections on: Probate and Estate Planning Law; Real Estate Law; Business/Corporate Law); Ohio State Bar Association; American Bar Association
Birth Information:
Lakewood, Ohio, July 22, 1954
Payment Information:
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover

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