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Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell LLP
1375 East Ninth Street, Suite 900
Cleveland, OH 44114
United States
(216) 696.4200

Firm Details

We have more than 25 lawyers who provide our clients with a broad range of services and a deep bench of legal talent. Our lawyers are licensed to practice law in Ohio, New York, Florida, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and California and before various federal and state courts.

We focus on business law, real estate, litigation, family law, taxation and trusts and estates, with attorneys uniquely suited to meet the needs of businesses, individuals, and charitable organizations.

Our attorneys are highly respected industry veterans with decades of experience which sets them apart as true leaders in our legal community. We are proud of having one of the only Ohio law firms with six attorneys who are Fellows in the prestigious American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC). Lawyers are elected to be Fellows based on their outstanding reputation, exceptional skill, and substantial contributions to the field by lecturing, writing, teaching and participating in bar activities. These six lawyers collectively have nearly 250 years of experience in devising practical solutions and advising clients in trust and estate matters.

As part of our firm’s culture, we promote active leadership and involvement in the profession and in our community. We have attorneys who are leading important legal and business associations, committees, and boards, as well as are civic and local government leaders throughout our region.

The firm is an active member of Primerus, a society of the world’s finest independent, boutique law firms. With nearly 200 member firms in more than 40 countries, each firm is screened to ensure its commitment to excellence as embodied in the Six Pillars: Integrity, Excellent Work Product, Reasonable Fees, Continuing Legal Education, Civility and Community Service.

Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell LLP is dedicated to providing thoughtful, practical solutions to the complex problems faced by our clients, with a strong devotion of delivering excellent personal and timely service.


James D. Vail
Managing Partner

Top Listed City Awards

  • Top Listed in Cleveland in Litigation - Trusts and Estates with 5 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Cleveland in Trusts and Estates with 8 lawyers


Venera Ilievska
Firm Administrator
Judy Bodenhamer
Firm Marketing Consultant

Firm Practice Areas

  • Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate Law
  • Family Law
  • Litigation - Trusts and Estates
  • Real Estate Law
  • Tax Law
  • Trusts and Estates