Overview

Mia focuses her practice on estate planning and wealth transfer matters, guiding individuals and businesses in structuring transfers of personal and business assets to achieve tax-efficient results. She also provides advice on a variety of tax-exempt and corporate entities, including formation, governance, and compliance issues for charities, nonprofit institutions, and closely held, emerging, and family businesses. Mia is driven by helping her clients navigate challenging issues to accomplish their personal and business goals.
 
In addition, Mia develops compliance strategies on complex regulatory systems in the cannabis and data privacy/cybersecurity industries. She also is experienced in the area of creditors’ rights and bankruptcy, helping clients avoid and mitigate loss from their customers filing for bankruptcy by developing and renegotiating contracts, obtaining relief from the automatic stay when necessary, filing claims, and developing robust defense strategies in avoidance actions to recover alleged preferential and fraudulent transfers.  
 
Mia has been recognized by Crain’s Cleveland Business’ list of “Twenty in Their 20’s” and named to the Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. An active member of Frantz Ward’s Diversity & Inclusion and Women’s Initiative committees, she also prioritizes community engagement having been selected to participate in the Cleveland Foundation’s ‘Foundations for Philanthropy’ and Cleveland Leadership Center’s OnBoard programs. In addition to her involvement on the Planned Giving Advisory Council at the Hospice of the Western Reserve and the Law & Policy Committee of Ohio End of Life Options, she is a frequent speaker at client seminars and panels and programs for law students.

                                                         

Mia Speaking on Behalf of Hospice of the Western Reserve

Practices

    • Designs fundamental estate plan instruments such as wills, trusts, beneficiary designations, and incapacity planning documents tailored to the specific needs of clients.
    • Sophisticated estate and gift tax planning with irrevocable, grantor, charitable and revocable trusts. 
    • Consults with individuals and organizations regarding formation of non-profit entities and obtaining tax-exempt status for both public charities and private foundations. Advises on the compliance and governance aspects of operating tax-exempt entities.
    • Tax and succession planning for closely held businesses and business owners.
    • Formation of a variety of tax exempt organizations, including private foundations and public charities. 
    • Analyzes administrative and statutory cannabis issues pertaining to adult-use, medical marijuana, hemp, and hemp-derived products and advises operators on licensing and M&A opportunities.
    • Represents creditors in obtaining relief from stay in bankruptcy proceedings across the nation to continue litigation or collection activities.
    • Develops and revises privacy notices and other public disclosures to comply with data privacy and cybersecurity obligations and counsels clients on their responsibilities regarding their internal data handling practices under a variety of state, federal, and international laws and regulations. Advises on data privacy and cybersecurity liability, including allocation of liability with third parties through vendor agreements and insurance coverage.
  • Education

    • Case Western Reserve University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2017
    • University of California, Davis, B.A., 2012

    Admissions

    • State of Ohio
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
    • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Ohio, Southern District of Ohio 
  • Professional Affiliations

    • Estate Planning Council of Cleveland—Member (2021-Present)
    • Federal Bar Association—Member
    • American Bar Association—Member
    • Ohio State Bar Assocation—Member
    • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association—Member; 3R's Volunteers (2014-2018)
    • International Association of Privacy Professionals—Member (2019-2020)

    Community Involvement

    • Cleveland Foundation's Foundation for Philanthropy—Cohort Participant (2021)
    • Hospice of the Western Reserve—Direct Patient Care Volunteer (2017-Present); Walk to Remember Committee (2019-Present); Planned Giving Advisory Council (2019-Present)
    • Ohio End of Life Options —Law and Policy Committee Member (2020- Present)
    • West Side Catholic Center - Volunteer (2016-Present)
    • Cleveland Leadership Center, On-Board Cleveland (Class of 2019)
    • Case Western Reserve University School of Law—Mentoring Alumni Program (2018-2019)
    • Named to the Crain's Cleveland Business'  list of 20 in Their Twenties (2020)
    • Named to the Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars list (2020-2021)
    • National member of the Order of the Barristers for excellence in courtroom advocacy and contribution to her law school's moot court programs (2017)
    • CALI Excellence for the Future Award for the highest scoring student—Community Development Seminar (2017)
    • Dean Dunmore Moot Court Competition Tournament Award for highest combined brief and oral scores (2016)
    • Hugo Grotius International Law Scholarship Fellow (2014-2017)
    • Cox Center Research Fellowship (2014)
    • "COVID-19's Impact on Estate Planning," Association of Corporate Counsel Webinar (October 2020) 
    • “Drinking from the Data Firehose: Regulatory Enforcement," ACC NEO, Epiq and Frantz Ward Seminar, Cleveland, OH (March 2020) 
    • "GDRP, CCPA, and the Ohio Data Protection Act: A Look at Where We Are Today," ACC NEO, Epiq and Frantz Ward Seminar, Cleveland, OH (March 2020)
    • "Ace the Interview Panel," Case Western Reserve School of Law, Cleveland, OH (January 2020) 
    • "Avoiding Data Privacy Liability," Frantz Ward Litigation Seminar, Cleveland, OH (September 2019) 
    • "Five Things Every Company Should Do Today for Cybersecurity/Data Privacy," Association of Corporate Counsel, Cleveland, OH (August 2019) 
    • "The Ohio Data Protection Act: Cybersecurity from the Employer Perspective," Ohio Chamber of Commerce HR Academy, Webinar (August 2019)
    • "Rock the Interview Panel," Case Western Reserve University School of Law's Professional Development Day (February 2019) 

    • "Practical Guidance on Data Breach Prevention and Response," Frantz Ward Litigation Panel Series, Cleveland, OH (September 2018)
    • Case Western Reserve University's Law Alumni Entering Students Day, Panelist (May 2018)
    • “Corporate Career Panel with Notable Young Alums,” Case Western Reserve University Corporate Finance & Law Alliance’s Corporate Law Week (November 2017)