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Leiby Hanna Rasnick welcomes McKenney

5/2/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

Attorney Todd McKenney recently joined the law firm of Leiby Hanna Rasnick Towne Evanchan Palmisano & Hobson LLC, located in Downtown Akron.
Photo courtesy of Todd McKenney
DOWNTOWN AKRON — Leiby Hanna Rasnick Towne Evanchan Palmisano & Hobson LLC is a 20-year-old law firm located at 388 S. Main St. The firm serves clients throughout the state in areas of business and construction law, criminal defense, personal injury, estate planning and family law.

Attorney Todd McKenney is one of the firm’s newest members.

“Most of the lawyers here have over 25 years of legal experience,” he said. “We are skilled to help in different ways, which enables us, as a firm, to meet the kinds of needs that businesses and families have.”

McKenney, of New Franklin, most recently was Summit County Probate Court judge, having been appointed to the seat after longtime Judge Bill Spicer retired in July 2011. He opted to not run for re-election this past November. Prior to being a judge, McKenney was a former state representative for District 43 (now District 36 after redistricting) from January to November 2011. He also served as a New Franklin City Council member.

He said his practice at the law firm will focus on estate planning for families and small-business owners.

While serving as judge, McKenney launched the Deed Review Project and conducted 22 public meetings in 15 communities throughout Summit County to talk to residents about titling the deeds to their homes in such a way as to pass it directly between spouses or other family members. He talked about why most people do not need the probate court to assist them with transferring assets and how they can do it simply and inexpensively for their loved ones.

This week, McKenney received the 2013 Liberty Bell Award from the Akron Bar Association for this deeds project.

The Liberty Bell Award is given annually to the person or persons, usually a lawyer or judge, who has promoted a better understanding of the rule of law, encouraged a greater respect for law and the courts, stimulated a sense of civic responsibility and contributed to good government in the community, according to McKenney.

“The best part of the practice of law is people trust you to give them good advice and service,” he said. “I compare it to my experience with my dentist, Dr. William Morisak, in Coventry Township. For over 20 years, I have trusted his advice and his work. I want my clients, anyone who comes to me for legal help, to trust me to tell them the truth and to work in their best interests. My feeling is that if you have a dentist, auto mechanic and attorney that you trust, life is a lot better.”

To meet with McKenney to review estate plans, contact him at the law firm at 330-253-2227 or email todd@neolaw.biz.

For more information about the law firm, visit www.businessandconstructionattorneys.com.

 

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