Attorney Abbie R. Pappas joined the law firm of Singerman, Mills, Desberg & Kauntz on June 1 and already is working closely with the firm’s clients as an associate attorney. Pappas, who earned her undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University in Columbus in 2010 and her law degree from Columbia University in New York City in 2013, is a member of the Estate Planning Council of Cleveland, as well as the Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s young leadership division. She discussed her new position via email with the CJN after being on the job.
CJN: How would you describe your area of expertise at Singerman, Mills, Desberg & Kauntz?
Pappas: I specialize in estate planning; trust and estate administration.
CJN: What attracted you to move to Cleveland after practicing law in New York?
Pappas: Mostly, I just wanted to be near my family. I also wanted my son to have same kind of childhood in Cleveland that I did – surrounded by family and friends in a close-knit Jewish community. The cost of living doesn’t hurt, either. Or the Mitchell’s Ice Cream.
CJN: What is the best part about the area of law you practice?
Pappas: Estate planning is half law and half social work. It’s a great opportunity to get to know your clients and their families and to have really important conversations with them, not only about legal matters, but about their goals and intentions. It’s also mostly non-adversarial, which I like.
CJN: What’s one thing most people don’t realize about the area of law you practice?
Pappas: Estate planning is not just for older clients. There are a lot of important reasons why young people should have estate planning documents in place to protect their families and I love working with people from my own generation.
CJN: You went to The Ohio State University for your undergraduate studies, but are you from Ohio?
Pappas: I grew up in Beachwood, about a mile from where I live now.
CJN: How, if at all, has your faith guided your career choices?
Pappas: As a Shabbos-observant Jew, it was important to me to choose a legal field with more flexibility and with less stringent deadlines, since I’m “offline” 25 hours a week.
CJN: Do you belong to a synagogue?
Pappas: We belong to Green Road Synagogue and also attend the Cleveland Partnership Minyan.