Thomas Pillari, Esq.

Probate & Estate Planning • Business & Family Succession Planning • Business Organizations & Tax

Mr. Pillari is a member of the Probate & Estate Planning Department. He served as a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee and as Chairperson of the Probate and Estate Planning Department. Mr. Pillari also served as the Firm’s Chief Operating Officer from 2006 to 2015. Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Pillari served as a Judge Advocate for the United States Air Force. With over 36 years of experience in counseling individuals and owners of businesses, Mr. Pillari’s practice is focused upon the coordination of personal estate planning and business succession planning, with emphasis upon the preparation of appropriate estate planning documents and business entities to achieve the client’s tax and non-tax objectives. Mr. Pillari is actively involved in the community and serves on many non-profit Boards.

Mr. Pillari is a member of various professional bar associations and has been a featured speaker to attorneys, as well as to the public, on estate planning and related topics. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and is a Certified Specialist by the Ohio State Bar Association in Estate Planning, Probate, and Trust Law. Mr. Pillari is recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© (Trusts and Estates) and has been selected to the 2004, 2006 through 2012 and 2014 through 2017 Ohio Super Lawyers list (Estate Planning and Probate).

Martindale-Hubbell has awarded Mr. Pillari an AV rating for preeminent legal ability and having the highest ethical standards.

Practice Focus:
Closely Held Business Owners

Bar Admissions:
1972 State of Massachusetts (INACTIVE)
1973 State of Ohio
1973 State of Florida
1994 State of Pennsylvania (INACTIVE)

1969  U.S.A.F. Academy (B.S. in Engineering Management)
1972  University of Chicago (J.D.)
1997  University of Miami (LL.M. in Estate Planning)

Professional & Civic Affiliations:
Ohio State Bar Association
Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC)
Member of the Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Council of the Ohio State Bar Association
Certified Specialist by the Ohio State Bar Association in Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law
Lorain County Community College Foundation (Chairperson)

Contact Information:
Direct (440) 695-8035
Fax (440) 695-8098