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I have 34 years of experience in the estate, trust and probate practice areas.  I am also experienced in the related tax areas as well as charitable planning.  I am an OSBA Board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law.  I have been recognized as a disitnguished planner by the Cleveland Estate Planning Council and the University Hospitals Diamond Advisory Group.  I am a co-author of The Tools and Techniques of Charitable Planning and have authored numerous articles on estate and trust issues.  I have also been a presenter at major national institutes, including The Heckerling Estate Planning Institute, The Notre Dame Estate Planning Institute and programs of the ABA and American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, of which I have been Fellow since 1988.  I have been listed in Best Lawyers in America since 1991 and in Ohio Super Lawyers since its inception.


Practice areas


  1. Probate: 30%
    40 years
  2. Estate Planning: 20%
    40 years
  3. Wills: 20%
    40 years
  4. Trusts: 20%
    40 years
  5. Tax: 10%
    40 years


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Contact info

600 Superior Ave E Ste 2100
Cleveland, OH, 44114


INActive In Good Standing197601/08/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Distinguished Estate PlannerEstate Planing Council of Cleveland2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
MemberMcDonald Hopkins LLC1986 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
American College of Trust and Estate CounselFellow1988 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
Tools and Techniques of Charitable PlanningVarious Chapters co-authored by me2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Case Western Reserve University School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1976
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Heckerling Estate Planning InstituteEstate and Trust Technology2008