Phillip A. Ranney

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Phil Ranney joined Schneider, Smeltz, Ranney & LaFond P.L.L. in 1961 and became a partner in 1967. 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.

His practice consists primarily of estate planning and estate, trust and private foundation administration. He is presently the secretary of several private foundations, the trustee of many trusts and the executor of many estates.

Phil has served as a director of two New York Stock Exchange companies: Rohr Industries of Chula Vista, California and General Housewares of Terre Haute, Indiana. As a member of the Boards of those companies, he served at various times as chairman of the Audit, Compensation and Employee Benefits Committees.

Phil was assistant to the Mayor of Lakewood while he attended law school. He was a member of the Lakewood Board of Education for eight years, twice serving as its president. He was elected to the Lakewood Public Schools Alumni Hall of Fame and was chosen by the Lakewood Athletic Commission as its "Citizen of the Year".

Phil is married and has three adult daughters and three grandchildren.

Areas of Practice (6)

  • Charitable Planning
  • Estate Administration
  • Estate Planning and Probate
  • Family Foundations
  • Taxation
  • Trust Administration

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(216) 696-4200 ext. 1138  Phone
(216) 696-7303  Fax
University Attended:
Dartmouth College, B.A., cum laude, 1958
Law School Attended:
Case Western Reserve University, L.L.B., 1961
Year of First Admission:
1961, Ohio
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association; Ohio State Bar Association; American Bar Association. Member, Case Western Reserve University School of Law Society of Benchers.
Birth Information:
Cleveland, Ohio, June 22, 1936
Payment Information:
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover

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