Joseph M. "Joe" Mentrek

Joseph M. "Joe" Mentrek


Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP

Recognized since 2018

Cleveland, Ohio

Practice Areas

Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law

Litigation - Trusts and Estates

Tax Law

Trusts and Estates

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As Chair of the Estate and Succession Planning and Administration group, Joe Mentrek provides counsel to high-net-worth individuals, closely held business owners, corporate executives and not-for-profit organizations.

With a background in both financial planning and the law, Joe works diligently with his clients and their advisers to develop creative legal strategies and tax-advantaged solutions to achieve their wealth transfer and business transition goals.

Joe’s broad-based approach to estate planning incorporates progressive strategies with time-tested techniques to achieve clients’ desired results. His wide-ranging skills and practical experience allow him to integrate diverse disciplines including estate plan design and implementation, tax accounting and compliance, process-oriented succession planning, employee benefits and executive compensation, personal wealth management, family governance, business organization and governance, retirement planning, investment planning and risk management.

Prior to joining Calfee, Joe practiced as a public accountant for more than 18 years, most recently serving as vice president and director of the Wealth Center at Meaden & Moore, Ltd., a CPA and business consulting firm. Joe joined Calfee in 2015.

Joe has been recognized as a Leading Lawyer in the Chambers High Net Worth Guide from 2018-2021 in Band 1 for Ohio: Private Wealth Law. Chambers HNW is the only independent directory specifically aimed at the private wealth market that ranks law firms according to their private client disciplines.

During an interview with Chambers HNW researchers in 2020, a source stated that Joe "is strong on tax and is also very tuned in to family dynamics."

In 2019, Chambers HNW researchers described Joe as "an expert dealing with family succession matters,” further adding: “He uses a pragmatic approach to his legal advice."

Another source adds: "Joe possesses a great knowledge of income tax laws and regulations. Joe's background in estate, trust and tax planning is excellent and well suited to this market."

Another states that Mentrek is "very intelligent and very responsive. He thinks through issues in the long term."

In 2018, in an interview with Chambers HNW researchers, a source stated, "He's one of my go-to people; he understands the nuances of the family and the finances and makes a very responsible and appropriate solution. He's very personable, asks insightful questions and is in-tune with family and generational issues and ways to communicate with clients. Clients feel that he really cares about their well-being."

Chambers further reported that "multiple sources described Joe as an innovative and intellectually creative estate planner, with a strongly collaborative working style and a proactive approach to client relationships."

A market insider said, "He deals with very sophisticated concepts, and he's able to explain them to the clients in a way that they can understand. What we do is very foreign to them, and they need to understand why we're recommending certain things; he can bring it down to a level that the client can understand."

Another source who spoke to Chambers agreed saying, "He empowers clients to ultimately control their planning.”

Location

  • The Calfee Building
    1405 East Sixth Street
    Cleveland, OH 44114-1607

Education

  • Ohio Northern University , J.D., graduated 1985
  • Ohio Northern University, B.S., graduated 1982

Bar Admissions

  • United States, Ohio

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association - Member
  • Cleveland Clinic Partners in Philanthropy - Member
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Estate Planning Institute - Former Chairman (2011)
  • Ohio State Bar Association - Member
  • Planned Giving Advisory Board of the American Red Cross (Cleveland) - Member
  • Tax Club of Cleveland - Member
  • The Estate Planning Council of Cleveland - Past President and Trustee
  • UCP of Greater Cleveland - Board of Directors
  • University Hospitals Diamond Advisory Group - Member

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP
Headquarters: Cleveland, Ohio

54 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

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Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 for work in:

  • Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law
  • Litigation - Trusts and Estates
  • Tax Law
  • Trusts and Estates

Awards:

  • Chambers High Net Worth, Private Wealth Law – Ohio, Band 1 (2018-2021)
  • The Best Lawyers in America©, Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law, Litigation - Trusts and Estates, Tax Law, Trusts and Estates (2018-2022)
  • Distinguished Estate Planner Award, The Estate Planning Council of Cleveland (2015)

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