Phillip A. Ranney

Phillip A. Ranney

In Memoriam

1936 - 2019
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Biography

In Memoriam

1936 – 2019

Phillip A. Ranney, our longtime partner, mentor, and friend, passed away on December 25, 2019.  A graduate of Lakewood High School, Dartmouth College, and Case Western Reserve University Law School, 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.  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.  He would meet them at any time, in any place, and under any circumstances to ensure their needs were met.  In recognition of his outstanding practice and service, the firm was re-named Schneider, Smeltz, Huston & Ranney, and his name remained part of the firm’s name for more than 30 years until the combination of Schneider Smeltz Ranney & LaFond and Spieth Bell McCurdy and Newell in 2016.

While Phil’s career and civic involvement took him from serving as a Director of two New York Stock Exchange companies to serving as a member and President of the Lakewood Board of Education, his most enduring legacy is his dedication to the philanthropic sector.  Long recognized as one of Cleveland’s finest lawyers for nonprofit organizations and foundations, his work with the 1525 Foundation and the Kent H. Smith Charitable Trust not only helped those organizations flourish but also put him in a position to serve as a catalyst for collaboration among various foundations and institutions throughout our region.  He was instrumental in the formation of the Fund for Our Economic Future, which continues to bring together philanthropic and government funders from across Northeast Ohio to maximize their impact on our region.  In 2015, Phil was recognized by Case Western Reserve University with its President’s Award for Visionary Achievement, on behalf of the Kent H. Smith Charitable Trust.

Phil leaves behind a loving family, countless long-time friends, and his colleagues at our firm, each of whom is a better person from having had the opportunity to learn from his example.

Thank you for your wisdom and friendship.

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Phillip A. Ranney
Phillip A. Ranney
In Memoriam
1936 - 2019
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Biography

In Memoriam

1936 – 2019

Phillip A. Ranney, our longtime partner, mentor, and friend, passed away on December 25, 2019.  A graduate of Lakewood High School, Dartmouth College, and Case Western Reserve University Law School, 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.  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.  He would meet them at any time, in any place, and under any circumstances to ensure their needs were met.  In recognition of his outstanding practice and service, the firm was re-named Schneider, Smeltz, Huston & Ranney, and his name remained part of the firm’s name for more than 30 years until the combination of Schneider Smeltz Ranney & LaFond and Spieth Bell McCurdy and Newell in 2016.

While Phil’s career and civic involvement took him from serving as a Director of two New York Stock Exchange companies to serving as a member and President of the Lakewood Board of Education, his most enduring legacy is his dedication to the philanthropic sector.  Long recognized as one of Cleveland’s finest lawyers for nonprofit organizations and foundations, his work with the 1525 Foundation and the Kent H. Smith Charitable Trust not only helped those organizations flourish but also put him in a position to serve as a catalyst for collaboration among various foundations and institutions throughout our region.  He was instrumental in the formation of the Fund for Our Economic Future, which continues to bring together philanthropic and government funders from across Northeast Ohio to maximize their impact on our region.  In 2015, Phil was recognized by Case Western Reserve University with its President’s Award for Visionary Achievement, on behalf of the Kent H. Smith Charitable Trust.

Phil leaves behind a loving family, countless long-time friends, and his colleagues at our firm, each of whom is a better person from having had the opportunity to learn from his example.

Thank you for your wisdom and friendship.

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