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Cleveland Attorney
J. Paul Fidler, Esq.

Phone: 216.539.8374


Languages: English

Paul Fidler joined the firm in 1996 and became a partner in 2003. His practice emphasizes estate planning and administration; trust administration; income taxation of estates, trusts and individuals; planning for charitable gifts and foundations; and business succession planning.

Paul is a frequent speaker and author on a wide range of estate planning topics. Paul has a particularly strong expertise in qualified retirement plans and IRAs, which often are a client’s most valuable asset. In 2012, while Chair of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (CMBA) Estate Planning, Probate & Trust Law Section, Paul had the opportunity to coordinate and host the “Hot Topics for Estate Planners” seminar. His presentation at the CMBA Estate Planning Institute entitled, “Spendthrift Provisions: Wouldn’t You Like to be a Spendthrift Too?” was also published in the Probate Law Journal of Ohio. Paul is an active member of the Broadview Road Church of Christ, where he currently serves as Treasurer, a Trustee, and on various service-oriented committees.

Paul lives in Olmsted Falls with his wife, Katie, and two children.


  • The Pennsylvania State University, 1993, B.S.
    With honors and high distinction
  • Michael E. Moritz College of Law, 1996, J.D.
    Order of the Coif with Honors

Community Activities:

  • Member of the Broadview Road Church of Christ
  • Current – Chairman of the Board of Trustees

Court and Bar Associations:

  • Admitted – State of Ohio
  • Admitted – U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • Admitted – U.S. Tax Court
  • Member of the American Bar Association
  • Member of the Ohio State Bar Association
  • Member of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Secretary – Estate Planning, Probate, and Trust Law Section Of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association

Recent Articles, Presentations & Seminars:

  • There’s No Place Like Home…Ohio Becomes One of the Nation’s Top Destinations for Asset Protection Planning
  • Spendthrift Provisions: Wouldn’t You Like to be a Spendthrift Too?
  • Year-End Gift Planning Opportunity
  • Paul has spoken to various continuing legal education, professional, and consumer-oriented groups regarding estate planning, estate and trust administration, and tax topics.
  • The Grapes of Roth: Conversion to a Roth IRA in 2010 and Beyond — Sweet Nectar or Sour Grapes
  • Roth Conversion: Wealth Transfer, Taxes and Timing

Areas of Practice:

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

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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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