Calfee, Halter & Griswold’s Estate and Succession Planning and Administration group has been ranked as a Leading Law Firm in Ohio (Band 2) in Private Wealth Law by the Chambers High Net Worth 2021 Guide.
Chambers HNW 2021 Guide notes, "Calfee, Halter & Griswold has a well-known and highly respected trusts and estate planning practice. 'Calfee has always maintained a deep and strong team over the decades,' says a source, adding: 'Its strengths are its experienced team of attorneys, longstanding client relationships, and high level of service provided to clients.'"
"'The team possesses a deep technical knowledge, communicates well with clients, and is very open to collaborating with the client's expanded adviser team,' comments one interviewee; and another enthuses: 'They are as good as they come. I have great confidence in everything that they do.'"
Additionally, the following Calfee attorneys were ranked individually as Leading Lawyers in Private Wealth Law by Chambers HNW 2021:
- Jean M. Hillman, Senior Counsel (Band 3)
Chambers HNW 2021 reports, "Jean Hillman 'is extremely knowledgeable about the tax laws and she is very personable,' says a source, adding: 'She is a delight to work with and clients love her.' Hillman advises clients on estate and trust administration matters. One market insider reports that 'she always has the answer to whatever detail we have.'"
- Joseph M. Mentrek, Partner and Practice Group Chair (Band 1)
"Joseph Mentrek is a highly experienced estate planning attorney who has an excellent reputation for his practice. 'He is one of the best estate planners in town, he is very knowledgeable and is generous with his time,' states one interviewee. He is praised as a 'dedicated and talented estate attorney' by a market insider. Another says: 'Joe has an incredible depth of technical knowledge and possesses the highly valued skill of articulating complex planning techniques into terms that the client can understand,'" reports Chambers HNW 2021.
- Jaclyn M. Vary, Partner (Up and Coming)
Chambers HNW 2021 notes, "Jaclyn Vary 'is highly skilled as a trusts and estates lawyer and responsive to her clients,' reports a source. She assists clients with estate administration and business succession planning matters. One interviewee comments that 'she is a dedicated professional – smart, funny and good-natured.'"
Law firms and individual lawyers are ranked in bands from 1 (highest) to 6, and being ranked in any band is considered a significant achievement in the global legal community. The "Up and Coming" designation recognizes attorneys who are driving their firm's growth.
The Chambers HNW Guide, from Chambers & Partners, covers private wealth management work and related specialties in key jurisdictions globally. Select attorneys and practice areas are included based on interviews from hundreds of lawyers, family offices, accountancy professionals, tax advisers, bankers, investment managers and high-end real estate agents with a comprehensive understanding of the private wealth sector. With more than 200 researchers, Chambers has been conducting independent research into top law firms worldwide for nearly 30 years and is considered the preeminent ranking organization in the legal industry globally.
Calfee's Estate and Succession Planning and Administration attorneys assist clients in developing and implementing comprehensive estate plans that carefully balance personal goals with tax and administrative concerns. Clients also are provided comprehensive probate and trust administration, litigation services and asset protection planning counsel.
Earlier this year, Calfee was recognized as a 2021 Leading Law Firm in Ohio by Chambers USA. Chambers recognized 10 Calfee practice areas and 27 Calfee attorneys in its Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business Guide 2021.
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