Kimon P. Karas is a principal at McCarthy Lebit. He is certified by the Ohio State Bar Association as a Specialist in Federal Taxation Law and is recognized as one of the leading authorities on tax law and wealth preservation. Mr. Karas is often sought out by both his peers and the media to dissect, analyze and interpret the myriad of issues arising in the distribution of large estates. Mr. Karas also has extensive legal expertise in corporate, general business and partnership law.

Mr. Karas is a frequent lecturer on the topics of federal, state, and local taxation, as well as estate planning. He served an adjunct professor of law in taxation at Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

Mr. Karas has been named the Best Lawyers© 2015 Cleveland Trusts and Estates “Lawyer of the Year”. Mr. Karas has also been listed in Best Lawyers in America© from 2007 to 2022, named an Ohio Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers from 2004 to 2021, and has been named one of the Top 50 Cleveland Area Super Lawyers by Super Lawyers from 2005 to 2015.

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  • Miami University
    • Bachelor of Arts
  • Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law
    • Juris Doctor
  • University of Florida College of Law
    • Master of Laws, Taxation
  • Ohio State Bar Association
    • Certified Legal Specialist in Federal Taxation Law


  • Ohio
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Tax Court


  • Ohio Super Lawyers® 2004 - 2022
  • Ohio Super Lawyers® Cleveland Top 50 List 2005 - 2015
  • The Best Lawyers in America© 2007 - 2022
  • The Best Lawyers in America© "Lawyer of the Year" Trusts & Estates - Cleveland 2015
  • Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating of AV® Preeminent™


  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Member, Past Chair Taxation Committee, Past Chair Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Committee
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Member, Taxation Committee, Past Vice-Chairman & Past Secretary Federal Taxation Committee
  • American Bar Association, Member, Taxation, Probate, Trust and Real Property Law, Business Law
  • Tax Club of Cleveland, Member
  • Ashland University College of Business & Economics, Business Advisory Council Member


  • "Reviewing One's Estate Plan in the Wake of COVID-19," McCarthy Lebit COVID-19 Blog, April 2020
  • "Estate planning requires organization," Cleveland Jewish News, June 2018
  • "Wills should be updated when situations change," Cleveland Jewish News, March 2018


  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Estate Planning Institute, October 2017

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