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  • University Of Akron School Of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2000
  • Kent State University, B.S. in Secondary English Education, summa cum laude, 1990

Professional Experience

  • Jennifer is a frequent speaker to community groups on topics such as estate planning, special needs planning, and elder law and is a lecturer to attorneys accountants, and financial advisors through various professional organizations, as well as local, state, and national Bar Associations. She is also a contributing author to articles published in the Probate Law Journal of Ohio and The Voice. During law school, Jennifer clerked with Judge R.R. Denny Clunk at the Stark County Probate Court and Judge Sara Lioi at the Stark County Court of Common Pleas, General Division. From 2000 to 2005, she served as a Magistrate at the Stark County Probate Court under Judges Clunk, Horowitz, and Park. Jennifer has taught as an adjunct professor of Advanced Legal Writing and Research at Kent State University, and of Legal Writing at the University of Akron, School of Law.

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Company, L.P.A. (offices in Canton, Akron, New Philadelphia, Alliance, Massillon & Sugarcreek) – Shareholder & Member of Board of Directors
  • Special Needs Alliance – Past President and Member of Board of Directors
  • National Elder Law Foundation (NELF) – Member of Board of Directors
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys – Member since 2008; International Delegate to China (2013), Netherlands (2016), Israel (2017)
  • Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) Foundation – Member of Board of Directors
  • Summa Seniors Institute Leadership Council & Estate Planning Council – Member
  • American Bar Association & Ohio State Bar Association – Member
  • Stark County Bar Association –Past President; Member of the Elder Law & Probate Practice Committees
  • Alzheimer’s Association – Past President of Board of Trustees of the Greater East Ohio Chapter
  • Golden Key Center for Exceptional Children – Past President of the Board of Directors
  • The Chapel in Green, Ohio – Member


  • Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law by the Ohio State Bar Association
  • Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) by the Ohio State Bar Association and the National Elder Law Foundation as accredited by the American Bar Association
  • Best Lawyers in America® & Ohio Rising Stars by Ohio Super Lawyers®


Courts and Admissions

State of Ohio, 2000

Articles Published by Jennifer L Lile, CELA

What is a Spendthrift Trust?

As the name suggests, a “spendthrift” trust is simply a particular type of trust agreement that is designed to protect a beneficiary from wastefully spending his or her share of the trust. In other words, a spendthrift trust is commonly used when the person funding the trust (called the “grantor,” […]

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