International Society of Primerus Law Firms

Cleveland Attorney
Phillip A. Ranney

Phone: 216.696.4200


Languages: English

Phil Ranney joined the firm in 1961 and became a partner in 1967. His practice consists primarily of estate planning and estate, trust and private foundation administration. He is presently the secretary of five foundations, the trustee of many trusts and the executor of many estates.

Phil has served as a director of two New York Stock Exchange companies: Rohr Industries of Chula Vista, California and General Housewares of Terre Haute, Indiana. As a member of the Boards of those companies, he served at various times as chairman of the Audit, Compensation and Employee Benefits Committees.

Phil was assistant to the Mayor of Lakewood while he attended law school. He was a member of the Lakewood Board of Education for eight years, twice serving as its president. He was elected to the Lakewood Public Schools Alumni Hall of Fame and was chosen by the Lakewood Athletic Commission as its “Citizen of the Year”.

Phil is married and has three adult daughters and three grandchildren.

Practice Areas

  • Charitable Planning
  • Estate Administration
  • Estate Planning and Probate
  • Family Foundations
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Retirement Distribution Planning
  • Taxation
  • Trust Administration


  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law, 1961, L.L.B.
  • Dartmouth College, 1958, B.A., cum laude

Admissions & Associations

  • State of Ohio
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Ohio State Bar Association
  • Member, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association

Awards & Honors

  • LexisNexis® Martindale-Hubbell® – Peer Review Rated
  • Case Western Reserve University President’s Award for Visionary Achievement to the Kent H. Smith Charitable Trust represented by Phillip A. Ranney (2015)
  • Law Review Editor, Case Western Reserve University School of Law
  • Member, Case Western Reserve University School of Law Society of Benchers

Community Activities

  • Elected to the Lakewood Public Schools Alumni Hall of Fame
  • Elected by Lakewood Athletic Commission as its “Citizen of the Year”
  • Member and past President, Lakewood Board of Education

Contact This Firm

Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell LLP

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

Law Firm Contact: James D. Vail

Tel: 216.696.4200

Fax: 216.696.7303



Member Since: 2005

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