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Michael P. Cleary

"Successful legal representation is based first upon effective interpersonal communication, but above all else, trust…trust in the process and trust in people.”

Before joining Carlile Patchen & Murphy, Michael P. Cleary was a solo practitioner and owner of his own law firm based in Bexley, Ohio. He concentrates on areas of probate practice and probate avoidance through life and estate planning. He has a portfolio of loyal clients who have trusted him to provide guidance with their family assets and long-term wealth planning.

Professional Recognition

Michael has been a member of the Columbus Bar Association for over thirty years. He was a former member of the Probate and Solo/Small Law Firm Committees of the Columbus Bar Association and participated in a lawyer referral service organization, providing initial consultation, without charge, for thirty-one years to persons without counsel or seeking lawyer referrals. He is also a member of the Ohio State Bar Association and a member of the Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law and Solo, Small Firms and General Practice Sections.


Juris Doctor Degree - Graduate of Capital University Law School, May, 1977, Juris Doctor.

Bachelor of Arts - Graduate of The Ohio State University, January 1974, Bachelor of Arts.

Miscellaneous - Attended the United States Coast Guard Academy, New London, Connecticut, 1969-70.
Graduate of Bexley High School, Bexley, Ohio 1969.