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John Richard Harrison

Trusts Attorney at Cleveland, OH

5.0   3 reviews
  • Licensed for 28 years
    State OH
    Acquired 1995
    Active No misconduct found

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Learn John’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Trusts
    Advanced estate planning through trusts including Medicaid look-back planning and administration and litigation involving trusts

    11 years

  2. Elder law
    Assisting elderly and disabled persons through myriad government programs and protecting rights such as with the Americans with Disabilities Act

    25 years

  3. Estate planning
    Preparation of Estate Planning including Trusts and Special Needs Trusts, Wills, Healthcare Powers of Attorney, Living Wills, and General Durable Powers of Attorney

    11 years

  4. Litigation
    Probate and trust claims including Will contests, undue influence, and breach of fiduciary duty

    11 years

  5. Guardianship
    Advocate for persons seeking guardianship or as counsel to potential ward wishing to contest guardianship; serves as guardian and manages estate assets.

    25 years

  6. Medicaid and medicare
    Assisting elderly and disabled persons to access long-term care and health coverage; includes Medicaid and VA benefits planning

    25 years

  7. Probate
    Administer estates through formal probate administration

    11 years


Hickman & Lowder Co., LPA
1300 E. 9th St.
Suite 1020
Cleveland, OH, 44114


5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by Rocco | January 4, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Legal Representation
I cannot thank you enough for your time and effort, while representing our special needs son. Mr. Harrison developed a strategy which resulted in a ruling in our favor. I would not hesitate to recommend Mr. Harrison to anyone looking for an experienced, kind, and compassionate attorney. I wish him continued success in his practice.
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Posted by Dave | November 2, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Dedicated and Trustworthy Advocate for the Disabled
John Harrison displayed an extremely high level of professionalism and expertise in adult disability law to achieve a positive resolution to a serious disabilities issue. John is very detailed and worked tirelessly to provide the best possible service to his client. Because of John's dedication and unique approach to individualized issues we will be using his services in special needs trusts. John is extremely trustworthy and comes highly recommended.
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Posted by Stephanie | July 30, 2015
Highly Individualized, Specialized Attorney with Strong Expertise.
Mr. John Harrison provided exemplary legal services to our family, guiding us through complex disability issues including but not limited to aspects of special education. We plan to use his services again as we look to special needs trusts in the future. I highly recommend him for his individualized, highly specialized approach. He's caring and dedicated to his clients.
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Work Experience

  • Attorney / Shareholder
  • Hickman & Lowder Co., LPA
  • 2015 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Schraff & King Co., L.P.A.
  • 2013 - 2015
  • Staff Attorney
  • Disability Rights Ohio fka Ohio Legal Rights Service
  • 2011 - 2013
  • Partner
  • Harrison and Wesibuch, LLC
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Owner
  • Harrison Law Office, LLC
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Supervising Attorney / Development Director
  • The Legal Aid Society of Columbus
  • 2006 - 2009
  • Staff Attorney
  • Ohio Legal Rights Service
  • 2000 - 2006
  • Staff Attorney
  • Western Ohio Legal Services Association
  • 1999 - 2000
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  • Ohio State University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1995
  • University of Michigan
  • B.A.
  • 1990

Sample of Legal Cases

  • In re: Guardianship of Terese Sweeney; 2016-Ohio-3260
  • Unfavorable
  • State ex rel. McQueen
  • Favorable
  • Jackie S. v. Connelly
  • Unfavorable
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  • Ohio PAIMI Advisory Council
  • Attorney Member
  • 2009 - 2010

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Trusts and Estates in the Cleveland Area
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2020
  • Gold Star Award
  • Ohio Dept. of Rehabilitation and Corrections
  • 2008
  • The Order of the Coif
  • The Order of the Coif
  • 1995
  • American Jurisprudence Employment Discrimination
  • American Jurisprudence
  • 1994
  • American Jurisprudence Evidence
  • American Jurisprudence
  • 1993
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Speaking Engagements

  • Ohio Special Needs and Elder Law Planning
  • Navigating the DODD Waiting Room: The Ball is in your Court!
  • 2019
  • NBI Audio Webinar - Medicaid: Maximizing Excluded Assets
  • 1) Trust Based Planning and 2) Crisis Planning
  • 2019
  • Probate: Every Thing You Need to Know
  • Medicaid Estate Recovery
  • 2018
  • Ohio Elder Law Institute
  • When Good Intentions Go Bad ... Agents of the General Durable Power of Attorney
  • 2018
  • Ohio Elder Law Institute
  • Advanced Directives and POAs: Hot Issues
  • 2017
  • Continuing Legal Education Seminar
  • Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act
  • 2016
  • Retirement Income and Asset Protection Seminar
  • Estate Planning
  • 2015
  • Professional Development Seminar
  • School Removal, Suspension and Expulsion Law for Social Workers
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (4)
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Guardianship Attorney | Jun 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"John is a dedicated, smart advocate for people with disabilities and their families. John has deep expertise in guardianship and disability law, and has served as lead counsel on some of the most important guardianship cases in our state, achieving excellent results for his clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Guardianship Attorney | Oct 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is a highly respected member of the legal community. I worked with him in years past. We have often collaborated on issues to better meet our clients' needs. His ethics and morals are high and his integrity without compromise. I feel comfortable referring clients to him and knowing that they are in safe hands!"
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Cleveland Trusts Lawyer John Richard Harrison
John Richard Harrison
Trusts Attorney
Cleveland, OH
Licensed for 28 years