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Cleveland Attorney
Charles F. Adler, Esq.

Phone: 216.539.8374


Languages: English

Chuck Adler joined the firm in 1993 and became partner in 1995. Chuck has a special interest in planning for individuals, families and closely-held businesses. Chuck counsels individuals and families on complex estate, charitable, financial and retirement planning matters; on estate, gift and generation-skipping taxes; and on the organization and operation of private foundations. He also counsels owners of closely-held and family businesses on succession planning.

Before joining the firm in 1993, Chuck was an associate attorney with Thompson Hine and Flory (1985-1992), and a senior accountant with Price Waterhouse (1983-1985). ChuckChuck is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and is certified by the Ohio State Bar Association as a specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law. He is a member of the Estate Planning Council of Cleveland (Former Trustee). Chuck is also a Certified Public Accountant (Ohio, inactive). He is admitted to practice law in both Ohio and Florida.

Chuck is on the immediateBoard of Regents of St. Ignatius High School. He is also a past president of the Cleveland Chapter of the Society of Financial Service Professionals. Chuck served as a Trustee of the Alzheimer’sAlzheimer’s Association and Catholic Charities. He serves as Trustee of the Frederick W. and Janet P. Dorn Foundation and is a class agent for the St. Ignatius High School Alumni Association.


  • Miami University, 1979, Accountancy
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, 1983, J.D.

Awards & Honors:


  • Ohio State Bar Association Board Certifiied Specialist, Estate Planning and Probate Law
  • Best Lawyers, 2013 and 2014
  • Fellow, American College of Trust & Estate Counsel
  • Ohio Super Lawyer, Cincinnati Magazine (2004-2013)

Community Activities:

  • President, Cleveland Chapter of the Society of FSP
  • Board of Regents, St. Ignatius High School
  • Trustee, Frederick W. and Janet P. Dorn Foundation
  • Former Trustee, Alzheimer’s Association
  • Case Western University, Estate Planning Advisory Council
  • Cleveland State University, Estate Planning Advisory Council
  • American Red Cross, Cleveland Chapter, Estate Planning Advisory Council
  • Cleveland Museum of Art, Planned Giving Council
  • Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center, Estate Planning Advisory Council
  • Trustee, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Alumni Association

Court and Bar Associations:

  • Admitted – State of Ohio
  • Admitted – State of Florida
  • Member of the American Bar Association
  • Member of the Ohio State Bar Association
  • Member of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Member of the Estate Planning Council of Cleveland
  • Ohio Certified Public Accountant (inactive)

Recent Articles, Presentations & Seminars:

  • There’s No Place Like Home…Ohio Becomes One of the Nation’s Top Destinations for Asset Protection Planning (March 2013)
  • Rules of Engagement: Ethical Challenges for Estate Planners, 22 Probate Law Journal of Ohio187. (March/April 2012)

Attorney News & Announcements:

Areas of Practice:

  • Business Succession Planning
  • Charitable Planning
  • Family Foundations
  • Estate Administration
  • Estate Planning
  • Probate Litigation
  • Trust Administration
  • Retirement Distribution Planning
  • Taxation

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Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell LLP

1375 East 9th Street
One Cleveland Center, 9th Floor
Cleveland, OH 44114
United States

Law Firm Contact: James D. Vail

Tel: 216.539.8374

Fax: 216.696.7303


Member Since: 2005

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