I practice estate planning to help good people plan for bright futures.
I have worked my entire adult life in fields that helped people. Before going to law school, I taught fifth grade language arts and sixth grade history in Mariemont, Ohio. During law school I was drawn to the television dramatics of courtroom litigation. I clerked for the Federal Public Defender and one of the premiere criminal defense attorneys in Columbus. After law school I practiced in the area of criminal law. In my years as a defense attorney, I represented individuals charged with crimes ranging from the minor to the very serious. Much of criminal law is a reaction to something that has happened. Most of the time, I was helping to mitigate a bad situation. I was helping good people on the worst day of their lives.
Today in my estate planning practice, I help good people, on good days, and help them plan for better tomorrows. When I became a father, I became more acutely aware of the joy of being in a family and the challenges and fears that face parents. I felt compelled to change my practice area from one of reaction and mitigating damage to one of planning and building for the future. Today, I am able to use my teaching background to inform parents, grandparents and loved ones of the strategies available to protect family members and legacies.
An area of concentration for my practice is planning for children with special needs including guardianship, alternatives to guardianship, and special needs trust planning. For part of my childhood, I lived with my stepbrother who has special needs. I have seen first-hand the challenges and struggles that parents face. I frequently speak to parent community groups, attorneys, financial planners, and educators about estate and special needs planning solutions.
The Ohio State University (M.A . - Public Policy, 2007)
The Ohio State University (J.D., 2006), Public Service Fellow
Purdue University (B.A. - Elementary Education, 1999)
Wealth Counsel, National Association of Estate Planning Attorneys – Member
Wealth Counsel, Ohio Network of Estate Planning Attorneys – Member
National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors Columbus Chapter - Board Member, Young Advisors Team Co-Chair Ohio State Bar Association – Member
Columbus Bar Association – Member Delaware County Bar Association – Member
Autism Speaks Columbus Executive Committee - Member, Walk Co-Chair
The Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer American Inn of Court – Past Member
Friends of Delaware CASA – Past Board Member
Central Ohio Association for Justice – Past Board Member
Ohio Super Lawyers® - Rising Star 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Central Ohio Association for Justice – 2009 President’s Award Winner