What do you get when you combine technical expertise, great people skills, and huge amounts of money? Suzanne Land, one of Greater Cincinnati's top trust and estate planning attorneys.

At a young age, Land decided she wanted to be a lawyer in order to help people solve their problems. She grew up in Canfield, Ohio, and received her accounting and economics degree from Youngstown State University. She was awarded her J.D. from Case Western School of Law.

After receiving her degree, Land joined Katz, Teller, Brandt and Hild. After 12 years of work and becoming a partner, she moved to the Covington office of Greenebaum, Doll and McDonald PLLC in 2002.

In the past four years, Land's practice has grown immensely. She now has more than 900 clients and brings in more than $1 million in annual revenue. The affluent families she serves have an average net worth of $10 million, but she has worked with amounts as large as $350 million.

Land's success can be attributed to her ability to break the process down into pieces that her clients will understand. She separates the process into four steps that involve examining the original estate plan and how she can help, solving tax issues, choosing end-of-life health care options, and processing the estate through probate court.

"I chose this field because it contains a technical and complicated aspect of the law, but at the same time it allows for a very personal interaction with clients," she says. Getting to know the families she serves and taking care of their needs makes the practice enjoyable for her.

The personal touch that Land adds to her work does not go unnoticed. Her success and people skills have earned her praise from clients and colleagues as well as numerous awards. Worth magazine recently named her one of the Top 100 estate planning attorneys in the nation.

Not only does Land spend her workdays helping families prepare for the future, she also helps educate aspiring trust and estate planning lawyers. Since 1998, Land has worked as an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati. She explains that teaching keeps her on her toes because students always have unexpected questions. "It feels great to help train the next generation of lawyers."

Land is also involved with a long list of organizations around the city. She is a member of the Board of Trustees for the St. Luke Community Foundation and the Redwood Rehabilitation Center. Much of Land's community work focuses on the city's women and youth.  She founded the Cincinnati Women's Initiative and states, "Right now I am very involved with the Boys and Girls Club."

How does Land find time for everything? Long days and an understanding employer. "I get a lot of support from my law firm. They give me a lot of time to do all the things I am involved in."