Michael L. Laribee

Attorney Michael Laribee
Phone:   (330) 725-0531
Location:   325 N. Broadway Medina, Ohio 44256
Michael Laribee is a lifelong resident of Medina, Ohio and is the third generation in the Laribee family to practice law. He follows the path of his grandfather, Henry Laribee, who was admitted to the Ohio bar in 1936. His father Richard Laribee and his uncle Ray Laribee joined the family law firm in 1969 and 1967 respectively.

Michael is engaged in the general practice of law with an emphasis on probate law, civil litigation, business and real estate transactions, contracts, real property, and municipal court matters.

Michael is committed to fostering deep and long-standing relationships with his clients. He works with individuals, families, business entities, banks, government agencies, and nonprofit corporations in connection with a broad range of objectives. His goal is to achieve a positive resolution for his clients in the most cost effective manner.

He represents fiduciaries, beneficiaries, creditors and other interested parties in estates, trusts and guardianship matter. In the estate administration process, he efficiently navigates the probate process to seek the orderly release of assets to a decedent’s heirs. He assists fiduciaries in connection with the management and distribution of property and the settlement of claims and tax liabilities. When there are disputes, he will aggressively defend the client in the fulfillment of her fiduciary duty. In conjunction with his probate work, Michael provides guidance on estate and trust administration as well as asset protection. He regularly represents Medina families in adoption proceedings and negotiates federal and state adoption subsidies on their behalf.

His experience also includes formation of closely held corporations and businesses and assisting clients through a wide variety of business sales and asset purchase agreements. In the area of real estate, he is involved with the transfer of commercial and residential properties as well as the negotiation and drafting of leases on behalf of both commercial and residential clients. Michael has extensive experience in enforcing the rights of commercial and residential property owners in the prosecution and defense of real estate foreclosures, receivership proceedings, evictions, land contract disputes, and other leasehold litigation. Additionally, he routinely represents land owners and others in litigation involving partition actions, mechanic’s liens, and zoning issues. He is well versed in the formation of home owner associations and represents local associations in Medina County.

Michael has extensive experience in civil litigation, whether involving consumer or commercial claims, and has participated in a wide variety of arbitration and mediation procedures in an effort to efficiently resolve disputes. He also engages in appellate practice, successfully arguing before the Ohio Supreme Court in 2011.

He is also skilled in the practice of municipal court which includes misdemeanor criminal defense, traffic matters and OVI, wage garnishments, attachments, and collections.

Outside of the firm, Michael serves as an Acting Judge of the Medina Municipal Court. He is active on several boards of private companies and non-profit boards and committees. He has proudly served on the A.I. Root Company for over ten years. He is a member of the Medina County Republican Party Excecutive Committee.  He holds the position of Assistant Secretary of Chippewa Lake Properties, Inc. He is also a Board Member of Alternative Paths, a non-profit behavioral healthcare agency in Medina County. Michael serves as a member of the Medina City Uptown Park Committee, Medina County Bar Association Grievance Committee, and Medina County Juvenile Drug Court. He is active with Leadership Medina County and previously served as its Board President and Trustee Member.
J.D., Cleveland Marshall College of Law - 1996
B.A., Ohio Wesleyan University - 1992

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