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Joseph P. Gibbons
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Cleveland Attorney
Joseph P. Gibbons

Phone: 216.696.4200


Languages: English

Joe Gibbons joined the firm in May 2005 and became a Partner in January 2006. Prior to joining the firm, Joe spent the majority of his career with McGinty, Gibbons, Hilow & Spellacy Co., LPA and Carney & Broadbent, both located in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. Over the years, Joe represented a variety of individuals, businesses, institutions, and governmental entities. Joe’s primary practice areas include counseling closely-held businesses, real estate, estate and business succession planning, estate planning, estate and trust administration, and related litigation.

Joe is active in community and civic affairs where he currently serves as Secretary of the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland. He served as the Former Law Director for the City of Fairview Park in 2019. Joe was appointed to the Board of Trustees of Cuyahoga Arts & Culture by the Cuyahoga County Executive in April 2014 and he served as Board Chair from April 2015 through June 2018. He served as a Member of City Council for the City of Lakewood (1992 – 1995), Former Member and Past President of the Lakewood Civil Service Commission (1996 – 2017) and on many boards and commissions in the City of Lakewood. He also served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Lakewood Catholic Academy, as a Member and Officer of the Board of Trustees of Lakewood Hospital Foundation and as a Member of the Lakewood Hospital Board.

Joe remains an avid ice hockey player and runner. Joe and his wife, Peggy, have two adult children and reside in Lakewood.

Practice Areas

  • Business Law
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Estate Administration
  • Estate Planning and Probate
  • Probate Litigation
  • Real Estate
  • Trust Administration


  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D. (1979)
  • John Carroll University, B.A. in Communications (1976)

Admissions & Associations

  • State of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Ohio State Bar Association
  • Member, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association

Awards & Honors

  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© (2022) for work in:
    • Trusts and Estates
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent®
  • Recipient of Lakewood Catholic Academy’s “Insignis Award”

Community Activities

  • Law Director for the City of Fairview Park
  • Secretary of the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland Board
  • Life Member, Judicial Conference for Eighth Judicial District
  • Former Member and Chairman of the Cuyahoga Arts & Culture Board of Trustees
  • Former Member and Past President, Lakewood Civil Service Commission (1996 – 2017)
  • Past Member, Lakewood Hospital Board
  • Past Member and Officer, Board of Trustees of the Lakewood Hospital Foundation
  • Past Chairman Board of Directors, Lakewood Catholic Academy
  • Member of Lakewood City Council (1992 – 1995)

Contact This Firm

Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell LLP

1375 East 9th Street
Suite 900
Cleveland, OH 44114
United States

Law Firm Contact: David M. Lenz

Tel: 216.696.4200

Fax: 216.696.7303



Member Since: 2005

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