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Cleveland Attorney
Kenneth J. Laino

Phone: 216.696.4200


Languages: English

Ken Laino started his career in 1978 in New York City, specializing in corporate and securities law. A few years later he moved to Ohio, and has been practicing law in Cleveland for more than thirty-five years. While his practice is diverse, Ken focuses principally on asset protection planning, business law, real estate and estate planning. He counsels both individuals and business entities with respect to asset protection strategies; and he is a member of the Asset Protection Planning Committee of the American Bar Association. He represents closely-held businesses and non-profit entities, and assists them with general corporate, employment and commercial litigation matters. He also counsels clients in estate planning and business succession. Ken has represented numerous buyers and sellers of business entities.

Ken is licensed to practice law in Florida and New York as well as Ohio.

Ken has been involved in a wide variety of community activities. He is a member and past president of the Board of Trustees of West Haven Foundation, which assists developmentally disabled adults. Ken has served on a number of commissions for the City of Lakewood, including its Charter Review Commission and Community Governance Task Force. He is a former member of the Board of Trustees of Lakewood Hospital and the Board of Trustees of the Diabetes Partnership of Cleveland. He served for many years as an adjunct faculty member at Baldwin-Wallace College (Department of Business Administration).

Practice Areas

  • Asset Protection Planning
  • Business Law
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Estate Administration
  • Estate Planning and Probate
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Real Estate
  • Trust Administration


  • University of Michigan Law School, 1978, J.D.
  • John Carroll University, 1975, A.B., summa cum laude

Admissions & Associations

  • State of Ohio
  • State of Florida
  • State of New York
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Ohio State Bar Association
  • Member, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association

Awards & Honors

  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent®
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© (2016-present) for work in:
    • Commercial Litigation

Community Activities

  • Member and past President, Board of Trustees of West Haven Foundation
  • Served on Charter Review Commission and Community Governance Task Force for the City of Lakewood
  • Former Member of Board of Trustees, Lakewood Hospital Board of Trustees, Diabetes Partnership of Cleveland
  • Past Adjunct Faculty Member, Baldwin-Wallace College (Department of Business Administration)

Recent Articles & Presentations

  • Five years later, Legacy Trusts remain vital for Ohio business owners, Crain’s Cleveland Business, November 2018
  • Asset Protection Law Journal – articles and information about asset protection planning-

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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