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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.

Courts and Admissions

  • State of Ohio, 2000
  • Member: American Bar Association
  • Past President; Member of the Elder Law & Probate Practice Committees: Stark County Bar Association
  • Member: Ohio State Bar Association


  • 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

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • Past President and Board of Directors: Special Needs Alliance 
  • Board of Directors: National Elder Law Foundation (NELF) 
  • Member since 2008; International Delegate to China (2013), Netherlands (2016), Israel (2017), England/Scotland (2019), Portugal (2022): National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys 
  • Board of Directors: Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) Foundation 
  • Member: Summa Seniors Institute Leadership Council & Estate Planning Council 
  • Past President of Board of Trustees: Alzheimer’s Association Greater East Ohio Chapter
  • Past President of the Board of Directors: Golden Key Center for Exceptional Children 
  • Member: The Chapel in Green, Ohio
  • Member: National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) 


  • Best Lawyers in America® & Ohio Rising Stars by Ohio Super Lawyers®
  • Listed in Ohio Super Lawyers®


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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