Steven St. L. Cox


222 South Main Street
Akron, OH 44308
P 330.849.6714
F 330.376.4577
1375 East Ninth Street
One Cleveland Center, 10th Floor
Cleveland, OH 44114
P 216.623.0150
F 216.623.0134

Steven St. L. Cox


Phone: (330) 849-6714
Fax: (330) 376-4577

Mr. Cox focuses his practice on estate planning, family business succession planning, probate matters, estate and trust administration, charitable planning/nonprofit institutions, and business and tax matters. He represents individuals and business clients in a wide range of tax, estate, and succession planning matters.

Representative Matters

  • Developing multi-generational wealth and family business transfer plans
  • Tax and succession planning for closely held businesses and business owners
  • Sophisticated estate tax planning with GRATs, ILITs, QPRTs, grantor trusts, and discounted entities
  • Lifetime wealth preservation planning for individuals and professionals, including planning using domestic asset protections trusts
  • Charitable planning using trusts, private foundations, and public charities
  • Preparation and defense of estate and gift tax returns
  • Drafting and negotiating premarital agreements
  • Representing individual and corporate trustees with respect to trust interpretation, distribution of assets, operations, trust modification and trust litigation
  • Representing trust beneficiaries with respect to distribution of assets, beneficial rights, trust modification, trust litigation and claims of breach of fiduciary duties


  • Recipient of the Dr. Frank L. Simonetti Distinguished Business Alumni Award, University of Akron College of Business Administration (2018)
  • Named the Litigation - Trusts & Estates "Lawyer of the Year" in Akron by The Best Lawyers in America© (2014, 2016, 2018)
  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America© for Trusts and Estates (2007-2019); Litigation - Trusts & Estates (2012-2019)
  • Recognized as an "Akron Top Lawyer" by Akron Life & Leisure Magazine (2010-2017)
  • Recognized as one of the "Best Lawyers in Northeast Ohio" by the Cleveland Plain Dealer (2016)
  • Selected as an "Ohio Super Lawyers - Rising Star" by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine (2005 & 2006)
  • Leadership Akron, Class XVIII (2001-2002)


  • J.D., The University of Akron School of Law
  • B.A., The Ohio State University, Economics
  • Master of Taxation, The University of Akron, College of Business Administration

Professional Affiliations

  • Akron Tax and Estate Planning Council
  • Cleveland Estate Planning Council
  • The University of Akron Foundation, Gift and Estate Planning Committee
  • Summa Health Charles Deering Legacy Advisor Leadership Council
  • Akron Zoo Gift Planning Council
  • American Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Akron Bar Association, Board of Trustees (2006-2009)
    • Business and Corporate Law Committee, Past Chairman and current Member
    • Taxation Committee, Probate Law Section and Grievance Committee

Community Affiliations

  • Akron Community Foundation, Past Chair and current Member - Board of Directors
  • Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens, Past Chair and current Member - Board of Directors
  • Embracing Futures, Chair - Board of Directors
  • Humane Society of Summit County, Member - Board of Directors
  • Bluecoats of Summit County, Member
  • Leave A Legacy Summit/Portage/Medina, Cabinet Member
  • Children's Family Care, Past Chair - Board of Directors
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of the Western Reserve, Past Secretary - Board of Directors
  • Greater Akron Musical Society (Akron Symphony), Past Member - Board of Directors



  • “Optimal Wealth – Wills, Trusts, and Estate Planning” - Akron Children’s Hospital (April 2017)
  • “Charitable Planning” – Stark County Bar Association Annual Estate Planning Seminar (October 2016)
  • “Ohio Rules of Professional Conduct and Application to Trusts and Estate Matters” – Annual Key Bank Estate Planning Seminar (May 2016)
  • “Charitable Gifts of Real Estate” – Akron Community Foundation Professional Advisor Forum (May 2015)

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