Erika F. Apelis

P: 216.348.5811

Erika serves as Counsel in the Estate Planning and Probate Practice Group and Business Department at McDonald Hopkins. A passionate estate planning attorney who advocates for her individual and family clients, Erika’s practice focuses primarily on traditional wealth and estate planning administration and trust and probate administration and litigation, including drafting wills and trusts, advising on fiduciary obligations, and planning for probate avoidance. Her clients including high net worth individuals and business owners, who she assists not only with estate planning but also tax strategies to minimize estate taxes. Erika’s experience also includes assisting individuals and families with Elder law and special needs planning issues, including Medicaid application and compliance, long term care planning, and drafting trusts to comply with public benefits requirements.

Prior to joining McDonald Hopkins, Erika counseled clients at a midsize Cleveland firm and also managed her own solo practice that provided Elder law, estate planning, probate administration and litigation, and small business advisory services. While her practice focuses on estate planning, Erika’s legal experience also extends to providing guidance related to intellectual property, investigations into corporate compliance, and governmental, regulatory and antitrust investigations of financial services institutions, technology companies and construction companies. 

Erika earned her Juris Doctorate from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School. Prior to that, she earned her Bachelor of Arts in psychology (with a minor in sociology and art history) from the University of Massachusetts. Erika is passionate about women in leadership and serves as the Vice Chair of FDCC Ladder Down Cleveland, which is dedicated to empowering women attorneys to serve in leadership roles.