Schneider, Smeltz, Ranney & LaFond, P.L.L. Attorney Named “Person of the Week”

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Joseph Gibbons, Partner of Schneider, Smeltz, Ranney & LaFond, P.L.L. (SSRL), was named “Person of the Week” by The Sun Post-Herald.

Joseph Gibbons, Partner of Schneider, Smeltz, Ranney & LaFond, P.L.L. (SSRL), was named “Person of the Week” by The Sun Post-Herald on May 28, 2010 ( due to his devotion and avid commitment to the community, his career and family.

Mr. Gibbons ( joined SSRL in May of 2005, and became a partner in January 2006. His practice areas include: counseling closely-held businesses, real estate, estate and business succession planning, estates and trusts and related litigation.

Mr. Gibbons is an active member of St. James Parish. He received the Inaugural Insignis Award from Lakewood Catholic Academy (LCA) at its Fifth Year Birthday Gala in April. He is a founding member and chairman emeritus of the Board of Directors of LCA.

LCA Principal Maureen Arbeznik comments, “…The energy he brings, and his passion for the vision of excellence in Catholic education here in Lakewood, is inspiring to the entire LCA community.”

As a longtime resident of Lakewood, Ohio, Joe remains active in his community. He is a member of the Lakewood Hospital’s Board of Trustees and Foundation Board as well as a founding member of LakewoodAlive. Past titles include President of the Lakewood Civil Service Commission, and member of City Council.

Joseph Gibbons is a father of two, and can be found playing amateur ice hockey, or performing in Community Theater productions with his wife, Peggy. If you would like to contact Joe Gibbons he can be reached at (216) 696.4200 or via email at jgibbons(at)ssrl(dot)com.

Schneider, Smeltz, Ranney & LaFond P.L.L. ( is one of Cleveland’s oldest law firms established in the 1860’s. The firm continues a tradition of excellence by combining the technical expertise clients require with personal and timely service. As a civil practice firm, primary areas of practice include: business law, business succession planning, estate planning and probate, family law, employment law, litigation, real estate, taxation and health care law. Clients include closely-held businesses, private family foundations, nonprofit organizations, and families concerned with wealth preservation, wealth transfer, and tax planning issues.

Schneider, Smeltz, Ranney & LaFond P.L.L. ( is a member of the International Society of Primerus Law Firms (Primerus). Primerus is an international alliance of top-rated, independent, small and mid-sized law firms that have earned the right to display the Primerus seal of quality. As one of the most respected law firm alliances, Primerus currently has 150 member firms in nearly 110 cities in the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Mexico, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom, and is expanding around the globe. With over 2,000 lawyers in the alliance, Primerus members, collectively, offer the breadth of expertise and jurisdictional coverage that only the world’s largest law firms can offer to clients.


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