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The Geneva Law Firm

Louis B. Geneva, Esq. **RETIRED**

Of Counsel


Lou is a Tax Consultant with emphasis on business succession, estate planning, and probate law. He has more than 40 years of tax consulting experience, working with a wide variety of clients.  He has litigated tax cases before the Tax Court, the Northern Ohio Federal District Court, and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.




  • Awarded Emeritus status at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University where he taught taxation courses for 30 years


  • Former instructor in the Graduate Tax Program at New York University School of Law


  • Ohio Super Lawyers, 2008 - Present



Memberships & Associations:


  • Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel


  • Director and President, Community Fund Management Foundation


  • Director and former Board President, Thea Bowman Center


  • Director and Treasurer, William H. Thomas Foundation


  • Director and President, George Strickland Scholarship Fund


  • Director and Treasurer, Beacon Street


  • American Bar Association, Section of Taxation and Section of Real Property, Trust & Estate Law


  • Ohio Bar Association


  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Section; Estate Planning Institute Curriculum Committee (former Chair and current member)





Lou speaks extensively on topics of interest in the Estate Tax area:


  • Family Limited Partnerships


  • Estate Planning for Closely Held Businesses


  • Succession Planning


  • Installment Sales, GRATs, QPRTs and Sales to Grantor Trusts


  • Generation Skipping Tax Planning





  • New York University, LL.M. (advanced degree in Taxation), 1974


  • Suffolk University College of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1973


  • Miami University, B.A., with honors, 1969

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