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James Herbert Bownas

James Herbert Bownas

Practice areas:

Estate Planning, Business, Contracts & Agreements, Real Estate

About Me

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1971

  1. Estate Planning: 35%
    44 years, 400 cases
  2. Business: 30%
    44 years, 300 cases
  3. Contracts & Agreements: 20%
    44 years, 600 cases
  4. Real Estate: 15%
    44 years, 200 cases


Payment Types:

Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

4 total 

  • Chad Kristian Hemminger

    Jim is an excellent estate planning attorney. Whenever, I have estate planning or probate issues arise with my own clients, I am always quick to refer them over to Jim. I know that Jim will always give clients the personal attention that they need and deserve. I highly endorse this lawyer!


    Chad Hemminger DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Timothy John Owens

    Jim has been very helpful my clients who have probate and estate planning issues.


    Timothy Owens Employment & Labor Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact Info

Lane, Alton & Horst, LLC

Two Miranova Place.
Suite 500
Columbus, OH, 43215




Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Forrest Sharrock Alumni AwardSt. Francis DeSales High School2013
A-V RatingMartindale-Hubbell2005
Best Lawyers in Central OhioBusiness First2001

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Vice President, Secretary, and General CounselCardinal Realty Services, Inc.1989 - 1996
Lecturer - Pension and Profit Sharing PlansThe American College1974 - 1976
Tax Return ProcessorUnited States Department of Treasury1966 - 1968


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Catholic Foundation Professional Advisors GroupBoard of Directors2009 - 2011
Ohio State Bar AssociationSecretary, Banking, Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Section2006 - 2007
Columbus Bar AssociationChair, Securities Law Committee2004 - 2005
Delaware County Foundation Professional Advisors GroupMember2004 - Present
Catholic Foundation Professional Advisors GroupMember2002 - Present
Columbus Bar FoundationFellow2000 - Present
New Albany Area Chamber of CommerceBoard of Trustees1999 - 2003
American Corporate Counsel Association, Central Ohio ChapterBoard of Directors1995 - 1996
Columbus Bar Association, Estate and Gift Tax CommitteeMember1971 - Present
Columbus Bar Association, Real Property CommitteeMember1971 - Present
Columbus Bar Association, Business Tax CommitteeMember1971 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
In re Cardinal Industries, Inc. and AffiliatesSuccessful reorganization and NYSE listing

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Publication NameTitleDate
Columbus Bar AssociationNotarizing Deeds and Other Conveyance Instruments2013


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Harvard UniversityLawJuris Doctor1971
Xavier UniversityHistoryBachelor of Science, cum laude1968

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Estate Planning Beyond the Documents -- All the Other StuffEstate Planning2014
Real Property Law InstituteReal Estate2013
Ohio Real Estate ConferenceReal Estate2013
Taxes Affecting a Decedent's EstateProbate2011
Sauter Estate Planning ConferenceFederal and Ohio Estate Taxes2011
Notary WarsNotary Public2011
Estate Planning for Intellectual PropertyEstate Planning2011
Certification Exam Review CourseEstate Planning2008
The Amazing ESOPBusiness2007
Keeping the "Fun" in FuneralsProbate2007
Is an LLC Right for YouEntity Selection2007
Asset Protection StrategiesAsset Protection2007
Overcoming Title and Bankruptcy Obstacles During ForeclosureEthics2006
Drafting LLC and LLP Agreements in OhioEntity Selection2006
Drafting Effective Wills and TrustsEstate Planning2006
Better Investing National ConventionEstate Planning2006
Adding Asset Protection to Your PracticeAsset Protection2006
Demystifying Asset Protection VehiclesAsset Protectin2005
Counseling the Small BusinessBusiness2005
State and Federal Securities ConferenceSecurities2004
Ohio Estate Planning FundamentalsEstate Planning2004
Family Limited Partnerships and LLCsEstate Planning2002
Effective Estate Planning for the Small EstateEstate Planning2002