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Michael A. Sweeney

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Biography

Mike focuses his practice on planning and implementing creative solutions to business and estate problems for privately-held businesses and families. He has extensive experience in assisting families in wealth preservation, management succession and family business transitions.

Mike has been named an Ohio Super Lawyer from 2008 to 2011 through a peer- and achievement-based review by Law & Politics Media, Inc. He was selected to be included in The Best Lawyers® in America, 19th Edition, through a peer- review survey as listed in the Trusts and Estates section and was also recognized by Best Lawyers as Akron’s Best Trusts and Estates Lawyer for 2013 and 2014. Mike has been listed in Best Lawyers in America every year since 2004 for his expertise in estate, succession planning and probate law.

  • Biography

    Mike focuses his practice on planning and implementing creative solutions to business and estate problems for privately-held businesses and families. He has extensive experience in assisting families in wealth preservation, management succession and family business transitions.

    Mike has been named an Ohio Super Lawyer from 2008 to 2011 through a peer- and achievement-based review by Law & Politics Media, Inc. He was selected to be included in The Best Lawyers® in America, 19th Edition, through a peer- review survey as listed in the Trusts and Estates section and was also recognized by Best Lawyers as Akron’s Best Trusts and Estates Lawyer for 2013 and 2014. Mike has been listed in Best Lawyers in America every year since 2004 for his expertise in estate, succession planning and probate law.

  • Professional & Civic Activities
    • Mike is currently on the Board of Directors for the Corbin Foundation. He is also on the Board of Trustees of The University of Akron Foundation, the Greater Akron Musical Association, the Summit County Historical Society and is the Chair of The Akron Community Foundation. His prior community involvement has included serving on the Board of Directors for Goodwill of Akron, the Great Trail Council of the Boy Scouts of America and Loyola of the Lakes Jesuit Retreat House.
    • He is also past president of the Akron Tax and Estate Planning Council and formally was one of the charter sponsors of the Center for Family Business at The University of Akron. Mike is a graduate of Leadership Akron, Class XIII and is a member of the Akron, Cleveland Metropolitan and the Ohio State Bar Associations.
  • Articles & Presentations
    • Mike is a frequent presenter at seminars.
  • Representative Engagements
    • Represents families and businesses of all asset sizes.
    • Lead counsel to management of family-owned business with sales of $200 million plus in phased buyout of non-active family owners.
    • Counsel to majority owner of family-owned hospitality business in transition to second generation active and non-active family owners.
    • Represented plaintiffs and defendants in many types of probate and trust matters.
    • Represented individuals and fiduciaries in administrative proceedings before the Internal Revenue Service and in Tax Court.
  • Distinctions
    • The Best Lawyers in America© through a peer-review survey as listed in the Trusts and Estates section — 2013-2018