Veronica T. Garofoli

Veronica T. Garofoli

Associate

216.696.4200 x1049
vgarofoli@sssb-law.com


Biography

Veronica Garofoli focuses her practice in the areas of probate litigation, probate and estate administration, and estate planning. She provides representation for issues that can complicate the settling of an estate or trust, such as probate and trust disputes involving will contests, charges of undue influence, and breach of fiduciary duty actions. She also advises fiduciaries and families in guardianship, trust, and estate administrations.

Veronica is experienced in reviewing, designing, and implementing tailored estate plans for clients. Additionally, she counsels clients on corporate matters, entity structure and formation, real estate issues, and contract negotiations. Her experience as a law clerk at the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, Probate Division, and the Court of Appeals of Ohio, Eighth Appellate District, has given her a unique insight into the judicial system, allowing her to better advocate for her clients.

Veronica received her J.D. from the Cleveland State University College of Law in 2015. She is licensed to practice in the state of Ohio and the U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts.

Licensed to Practice

Ohio

Education

  • Cleveland Marshall College of Law, 2015, J.D.
  • Elmhurst University, 2010, B.S.

Admissions & Associations

  • State of Ohio
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Member, Ohio State Bar Association
  • Member, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Director, CMBA Board of Directors
  • Member, William K. Thomas American Inn of Court
    • Executive Committee (2023)

Awards & Honors

  • Recognized in the Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America® since 2023 for Practice Areas:
    • Litigation - Real Estate
    • Litigation - Trusts and Estates
    • Trusts and Estates

Ones To Watch Badge

  • Selected to the Ohio Rising Stars list: 2023-present

Rising Stars Badge for Veronica Garofoli

Community Activities

  • Visiting Judge, Shaker Heights Municipal Court
  • Board Member, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Trustee, Cleveland State University College of Law Alumni Association
  • Board Member, The Cleveland Pops Orchestra, Associate Board
  • Mentor, Cleveland State University College of Law Mentor Program
  • Member, The Lawyers Guild of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland
  • Graduate, Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel Ladder Down
  • Past President, Rainbow Babies and Children’s Foundation, Associate Board

Articles & Presentations

  • Automating Legacy: AI's Impact on Estate Planning, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Journal, December 2023

  • Automating Legacy: AI's Impact on Estate Planning, Crain's Cleveland Business, November 2023

  • Respecting Wills-The Aretha Franklin Estate Dispute, September 2023

  • A Closer Look at Creditor Claims and New Method of Trustee Release: Ohio Senate Bill 202 – OSBA Quick Webcast, September 2023

  • Lisa Marie Presley’s Amendment To “Promenade Trust” Challenged Under California Law—Lessons for Ohio Practitioners, Probate Law Journal of Ohio, Jul./Aug. 2023

  • Suspicious Minds: Lisa Marie Presley’s Trust Amendment Challenged; A Will Contest Case Study, CMBA Hot Topics in Estate Planning 2023, June 2023

  • The Probate Process from Start to Finish, National Business Institute Seminar, June 2021

Areas of Practice

Licensed to Practice

Ohio

Awards & Recognition

Veronica T. Garofoli
Veronica T. Garofoli
Associate
216.696.4200 x1049
vgarofoli@sssb-law.com

Biography

Veronica Garofoli focuses her practice in the areas of probate litigation, probate and estate administration, and estate planning. She provides representation for issues that can complicate the settling of an estate or trust, such as probate and trust disputes involving will contests, charges of undue influence, and breach of fiduciary duty actions. She also advises fiduciaries and families in guardianship, trust, and estate administrations.

Veronica is experienced in reviewing, designing, and implementing tailored estate plans for clients. Additionally, she counsels clients on corporate matters, entity structure and formation, real estate issues, and contract negotiations. Her experience as a law clerk at the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, Probate Division, and the Court of Appeals of Ohio, Eighth Appellate District, has given her a unique insight into the judicial system, allowing her to better advocate for her clients.

Veronica received her J.D. from the Cleveland State University College of Law in 2015. She is licensed to practice in the state of Ohio and the U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts.

Licensed to Practice

Ohio

Areas of Practice

  • Litigation
  • Appellate Advocacy
  • Business/Commercial Litigation
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Trusts & Estates
  • Estate Planning
  • Probate and Estate Administration
  • Trust, Estate, and Probate Litigation

Education

  • Cleveland Marshall College of Law, 2015, J.D.
  • Elmhurst University, 2010, B.S.

Admissions & Associations

  • State of Ohio
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Member, Ohio State Bar Association
  • Member, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Director, CMBA Board of Directors
  • Member, William K. Thomas American Inn of Court
    • Executive Committee (2023)
Veronica T. Garofoli
Associate
216.696.4200 x1049
vgarofoli@sssb-law.com

Awards & Honors

  • Recognized in the Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America® since 2023 for Practice Areas:
    • Litigation - Real Estate
    • Litigation - Trusts and Estates
    • Trusts and Estates

Ones To Watch Badge

  • Selected to the Ohio Rising Stars list: 2023-present

Rising Stars Badge for Veronica Garofoli

Community Activities

  • Visiting Judge, Shaker Heights Municipal Court
  • Board Member, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Trustee, Cleveland State University College of Law Alumni Association
  • Board Member, The Cleveland Pops Orchestra, Associate Board
  • Mentor, Cleveland State University College of Law Mentor Program
  • Member, The Lawyers Guild of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland
  • Graduate, Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel Ladder Down
  • Past President, Rainbow Babies and Children’s Foundation, Associate Board

Articles & Presentations

  • Automating Legacy: AI's Impact on Estate Planning, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Journal, December 2023

  • Automating Legacy: AI's Impact on Estate Planning, Crain's Cleveland Business, November 2023

  • Respecting Wills-The Aretha Franklin Estate Dispute, September 2023

  • A Closer Look at Creditor Claims and New Method of Trustee Release: Ohio Senate Bill 202 – OSBA Quick Webcast, September 2023

  • Lisa Marie Presley’s Amendment To “Promenade Trust” Challenged Under California Law—Lessons for Ohio Practitioners, Probate Law Journal of Ohio, Jul./Aug. 2023

  • Suspicious Minds: Lisa Marie Presley’s Trust Amendment Challenged; A Will Contest Case Study, CMBA Hot Topics in Estate Planning 2023, June 2023

  • The Probate Process from Start to Finish, National Business Institute Seminar, June 2021