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High Net Worth Guide 2023

Ranked in 1 Practice Areas
Private Wealth Law
6 Years Ranked


Provided by Elizabeth Monihan

High Net Worth

Practice Areas

Asset Protection Planning

Business Law

Business Succession Planning

Charitable Planning

Nonprofit Organizations

Prenuptial Agreements

Trust, Estate, and Probate Litigation

Gift, Estate, and GST Tax Planning

Income Tax Planning

Retirement Distribution Planning

Trusts & Estates

Estate Planning

Family Foundations

Fiduciary Representation

Probate and Estate Administration

Trusts and Trust Administration


Lisa Monihan's practice is focused on wealth transfer planning for individuals and fiduciaries, including income, gift, estate and generation-skipping transfer tax planning, trust and estate administration, multi-generational family issues, retirement planning, succession planning for closely-held businesses and charitable planning.

Lisa was once told by a new client that the decision to hire her was made because “you really listened to what I had to say; the other lawyers I interviewed were too busy trying to impress me with how smart they were.” Lisa establishes personal, long term relationships with her clients, and guides them through the legal, tax, financial and family issues in their unique situations with empathy and compassion.

Lisa is a frequent speaker to professional and community groups on estate planning and related topics.

Professional Memberships

Member, American Bar Association

Member, Ohio State Bar Association - Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Section Council, Chair 2021-2023

Member, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association

Member, Ohio Women’s Bar Association

Fellow, The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC)

Member, Planning Committee, Marvin R. Pliskin Advanced Probate and Estate Planning Seminar

Editorial Advisory Board, Probate Law Journal of Ohio, 2015-current

Member and Former President 1994-1995, The Estate Planning Council of Cleveland


Cleveland Council on World Affairs, Development Committee, 2016-present

Union Club Foundation Board, Secretary 2017–current

Catholic Charities Corporation Board of Trustees, 2003–2014

Volunteer Council of The Cleveland Orchestra-President, 1998-2001

The Junior Committee of The Cleveland Orchestra-President, 1997-1999

The Women’s Committee of The Cleveland Orchestra-Board of Trustees, 2000-2003

Cleveland Museum of Art Planned Giving Committee

Lawyers Guild of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland

Hathaway Brown Parent Association-President 2013-2014

University Hospitals, Diamond Advisory Group

Case Western Reserve University, Professional Advisory Group


-Summary of Written Testimony before Ohio House of Representatives Civil Justice Committee in opposition to H.B. 339, Probate Law Journal of Ohio, November/December 2021

-Ohio Enacts a Legal Malpractice Statute of Repose, Probate Law Journal of Ohio, May/June 2021

-The Inside Scoop on Choosing an Estate Planning Lawyer, Crain’s Cleveland Business-Estate Planning, November 2020

-Planning for Elderly Clients Below the Exemption Amount, Probate Law Journal of Ohio, July/August 2020

-Dilemma for Executors and Survivors: Should Cares Act Economic Impact Payments to Decedents be Returned? Probate Law Journal of Ohio, July/August 2020

-To Be an "Heir" or Not to Be an Heir" - That is the Question, Ohio State Bar Association, April 2017

Increase in Value and Number of Vehicles Which May be Selected by Surviving Spouse, Probate Law Journal of Ohio, January/February 2017

Expert in these Jurisdictions

Licensed to Practice in Ohio

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio

U.S. Tax Court

U.S. Supreme Court


Cleveland-Marshall College of Law



John Carroll University

B.S. in Economics



Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent®


Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® since 2018 for Practice Areas: Litigation - Trusts and Estates, Tax Law, and Trusts and Estates

Best Lawyers®

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for: Trusts and Estates, Cleveland

Best Lawyers®


Selected to the Ohio Super Lawyers® list, 2006-present

Super Lawyers®

Accredited Estate Planner®

National Association of Estate Planners & Councils

Distinguished Estate Planner

Estate Planning Council of Cleveland


Chambers Review

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Private Wealth Law - Ohio
Band 1

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