It is with great sadness that we share that Phillip A. Ranney, our longtime partner, mentor, and friend, passed away on December 25, 2019. Phil was an outstanding lawyer, having spent his entire 58-year career with the firm now known as Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell. The longevity of his practice is only one of the many remarkable aspects of his career.
We counsel our business clients on all aspects of the formation, structuring, financing and operation of their companies. We assist them in acquisitions, mergers, divestitures, and succession planning. Our lawyers regularly work on the tax, employment, contracting and intellectual property issues that confront our clients.
At Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell LLP, you will find legal professionals who represent individuals experiencing personal and family challenges in their lives. We counsel and advocate for clients seeking a termination of their marriage, as well as those who wish to enforce or modify the terms of their divorce decree.
We represent our clients in many different types of litigation, from complex business litigation, to discrimination claims, to contract disputes. Our lawyers have tried cases in state and federal court, and prosecuted appeals in state and federal court, including the U.S. Supreme Court. We also have extensive experience in arbitrations and mediations.
The lawyers of Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell LLP service a wide range of clients in a variety of diverse real estate matters. We represent owners, developers, landlords, tenants, lenders, and borrowers in acquisitions, dispositions, development, leasing, financing, and management of real property.
The Taxation practice at SSSB consists of counseling and advising clients on the tax aspects of structuring business ventures, estate planning, charitable organizations and contributions, as well as representing clients in controversy matters before the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the United States Tax Court and the Ohio Department of Taxation.
Our attorneys have experience serving in many different roles relating to trusts. For many clients, we advise and draft trust documents and aid them in the proper administration of their trusts. Other times, we serve as counsel to individual or corporate trustees, or trust beneficiaries.
"Phil was a true professional. His clients and his partners alike valued his calming presence, and they trusted his keen insights to guide them through even the toughest situations. In the deeply personal world of trusts and estates, Phil stood out for his dedication to his clients.
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