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.


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  • Miami University
    • BA
  • Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law
    • JD
  • University of Florida College of Law
    • LLM 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 - 2019
  • Ohio Super Lawyers® Cleveland Top 50 List 2005 - 2008
  • The Best Lawyers in America© 2007 - 2019
  • 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


  • "Estate planning requires organization," Cleveland Jewish News, June 2018
  • "Wills should be updated when situations change," Cleveland Jewish News, March 2018