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Maria is known and respected for the quality of her legal work.  She prides herself on the personal attention she provides, showing compassion, honesty, patience and respect to each and every client.  Maria listens to each client’s needs and concerns and discusses solutions with her clients in plain English, not legalese.  She recognizes that each client is unique and puts together a plan for each client that is unique, timely and cost-efficient.

Maria started her own law firm (Maria L. Shinn, LLC) in 2000.


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Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 50%
    19 years
  2. Probate: 35%
    19 years
  3. Elder Law: 15%
    19 years


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Arthur Eugene Ott

    I endorse this lawyer in the areas of Estate Planning, Probate and Elder Law. Maria is extremely competent, personable, and an asset to the legal community as well as her clients. She is quick to respond with the best advice possible and her integrity knows no bounds. I know because my connection with Maria goes beyond a professional relationship as she has offered personal legal advice to me as well, in each of these areas.


    Arthur Ott Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Roland Benton Gray

    I endorse this lawyer. I have worked alongside Maria for several years now, and have had the opportunity to watch her advise and interact with her clients in a variety of settings. She not only has a strong grasp of the applicable law, but also has excellent judgment about how to put that to her clients' best advantage. Finally, she communicates effectively with clients and others. Any time a client of mine has probate, estate planning, or elder law needs, I refer the client to Maria Shinn.


    Roland Gray Employment and labor Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Shinn Lanter, LLP

12511 Madison Avenue
Cleveland, OH, 44107-5004


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Outstanding New Member of the YearLakewood Chamber of Commerce2013
Volunteer of the Year AwardVisiting Nurse Association of Cleveland Hospice2010
Volunteer of the Year AwardVisiting Nurse Association of Cleveland Hospice2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney and PartnerShinn Lanter, LLP2015 - Present
Attorney and OwnerMaria L. Shinn, LLC2000 - 2015
AttorneyTuroff & Turoff1997 - 2000
Association namePosition nameDuration
Ohio State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Ohio State Bar Association, Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law SectionMemberN/A
Ohio Women's Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Law SectionMemberN/A
Lakewood City AcademyBoard member2014 - 2014
National LGBT Bar AssociationMember2014 - 2014
Lakewood Chamber of CommerceBoard of Trustees2013 - 2014
LGBT Center of Greater Cleveland, OhioSecretary2013 - 2014
LGBT Center of Greater Cleveland, OhioBoard member2013 - 2014
LakewoodAlive, Inc.Board member2013 - 2014
Human Rights CampaignMember2012 - 2014
Lakewood FoundationBoard Member2012 - 2014
PlexusMember2012 - 2014
Lakewood Chamber of CommerceEconomic Development Task Force2011 - 2014
PFLAGMember2011 - 2014
Harrison Elementary PTAPresident2009 - 2011
Adoption Network ClevelandBoard member2008 - 2011
Visiting Nurse Association of Cleveland HospiceVolunteer attorney1998 - 2014
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Fry, et al. vs. City of ClevelandSettled
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Publication nameTitleDate
Northeast Ohio PFLAG NewsletterCo-Parenting Has No Legal Status in Ohio2012
shinnlawfirm.comShared Custody in OhioN/A
shinnlawfirm.comHealth Care Directives Are ImportantN/A
shinnlawfirm.comFMLA Protections for LGBT ParentsN/A
shinnlawfirm.comThe Four Documents for Every Estate PlanN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Cleveland State University - Cleveland-Marshall College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
Muskingum CollegeBusiness and Public AffairsBA - Bachelor of Arts1990
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Senior SeminarLegal Protections for LGBT Seniors2014
Lunch and learn seriesLegal Protections for Seniors and Non-Traditional Families2014
Continuing Legal Education SeminarAdditional Legal Protections for Non-Traditional Families2014
Aging & Sage-ing ConferenceLegal Protections for LGBT Seniors2014
Veterans' Meetings (2)A Legal Workshop with an Elder Law Focus2013
PresentationLegal Protections for LGBT Seniors2013
Lunch and LearnLegal Issues for Non-Traditional Families2013
Continuing Legal Education SeminarLegal Protections for LGBT Seniors2013
Legal WorkshopLegal Protections for LGBT Elders2012
Continuing Legal Education SeminarEstate Planning Basics2012
MetroHealth brown bag seriesLegal Issues for LGBT Individuals, Couples and Families2011
PFLAG meetingLegal issues in the LGBT community2010
MetroHealth brown bag seriesEstate planning for the non-traditional family2010
MetroHealth GSA Mini-film Series and PanelLegal protections for the non-traditional family2008
CCT meetingLegal protections for the LGBT community2008
Greater Cleveland Adoption and Foster Care FairEstate planning for the non-traditional family2007