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James Herbert Bownas

Estate planning Attorney at Dublin, OH

5.0   3 reviews

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About James

Learn James’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    Identifying your estate planning objectives, the strategies available to you to accomplish them, and preparing the documents to implement them.

    52 years, 400 cases

  2. Business
    Helping entrepreneurs get their businesses started, keep growing, overcome legal and tax challenges, and exit positively

    52 years, 300 cases

  3. Contracts and agreements
    Evaluating your critical agreements to be sure they reflect the deal you negotiated, the terms are fair to you, and you are able to enforce them.

    52 years, 600 cases

  4. Real estate
    Structuring, documenting, and closing transactions in residential and commercial properties to protect your ownership and to minimize your tax consequences.

    52 years, 200 cases

     Whenever someone asks me how I'm doing, I reply "I'm grateful!"  I always hope they'll ask me what makes me grateful, so that I can tell them -- God has been remarkably good to me.  Through an incredible web of "coincidences", I found the most wonderful woman in the world late in my life, and now I'm able to spend the rest of it deeply in love with my soul mate.  Together, we have five of the most wonderful children, and seven of the most wonderful grandchildren a person could have.  Each of them brings joy to our lives in a special way.  I have a remarkable setting in which to practice my profession.  The Lane Alton attorneys and staff are supportive, likeable, smart, and motivated to be the best they can be.  My work with community service organizations has been profoundly gratifying, including the Columbus and Ohio State Bar Associations, Legal Aid Society of Columbus, The Society of Financial Service Professionals, My Very Own Blanket, Divine Mercy Ministry, The Catholic Foundation, and my parish church.  I have been blessed with some of the best clients any lawyer has ever had, both business and personal.  Many of them uplift me and inspire me to keep serving.


So, if you care to know how I'm doing ---- I'm grateful!!! 

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Licensed for 51 years
State OH
Status Active
Acquired 1971
Updated 11/08/2022

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

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Lane, Alton & Horst, LLC
4248 Tuller Road
Suite 120
Dublin, OH, 43016


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  3 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | April 4, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Amazing Experience
James Bownas went above and beyond to help me. I purchased one of the fixed rate deals to go over a contract and during the phone call he was very easy to talk to and was willing to go over the 30 minutes so I could ask all my questions. Not only did he answer all my questions but asked his own questions to better understand the situation. I am so happy I decided to contact him; he saved me money and did it with a smile. I will defiantly contact him again.
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Posted by Dave | March 29, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Easy to understand, friendly and helpful tone
Jim helped me understand my options under a land contract. Our family and financial situations had changed significantly since we had entered into the contract. He fully explained things in terms I understood. He was very patient with me and never made me feel rushed. Using the information and recommendations Jim made I was able to reach an agreement with the seller on the contract that was very much in my favor. I appreciate the help.
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Posted by Mark | May 1, 2015
Did sensational job, helped negotiate acquisition of our building. many other things..
Jim is one of the finest attorney's I have ever worked with. He has been working with our organization for over 7 years. He has helped us in many situations. I have referred him to many others and would highly recommend him to everyone in need of an attorney.


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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Vice President, Secretary, and General Counsel
  • Cardinal Realty Services, Inc.
  • 1989 - 1996
  • Lecturer - Pension and Profit Sharing Plans
  • The American College
  • 1974 - 1976
  • Tax Return Processor
  • United States Department of Treasury
  • 1966 - 1968


  • Harvard University
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1971
  • Xavier University
  • Bachelor of Science, cum laude
  • 1968

Legal Cases

  • In re Cardinal Industries, Inc. and Affiliates
  • Successful reorganization and NYSE listing


  • Delaware County Foundation Professional Advisors Group
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Catholic Foundation Professional Advisors Group
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Columbus Bar Foundation
  • Fellow
  • 2000 - Present
  • Columbus Bar Association, Business Tax Committee
  • Member
  • 1971 - Present
  • Columbus Bar Association, Real Property Committee
  • Member
  • 1971 - Present
  • Columbus Bar Association, Estate and Gift Tax Committee
  • Member
  • 1971 - Present
  • Catholic Foundation Professional Advisors Group
  • Board of Directors
  • 2009 - 2011
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Secretary, Banking, Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Section
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Columbus Bar Association
  • Chair, Securities Law Committee
  • 2004 - 2005
  • New Albany Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Board of Trustees
  • 1999 - 2003
  • American Corporate Counsel Association, Central Ohio Chapter
  • Board of Directors
  • 1995 - 1996
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Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Forrest Sharrock Alumni Award
  • St. Francis DeSales High School
  • 2013
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2005
  • Best Lawyers in Central Ohio
  • Business First
  • 2001


  • Columbus Bar Association
  • Notarizing Deeds and Other Conveyance Instruments
  • 2013

Speaking Engagements

  • Estate Planning Beyond the Documents -- All the Other Stuff
  • Estate Planning
  • 2014
  • Ohio Real Estate Conference
  • Real Estate
  • 2013
  • Real Property Law Institute
  • Real Estate
  • 2013
  • Notary Wars
  • Notary Public
  • 2011
  • Sauter Estate Planning Conference
  • Federal and Ohio Estate Taxes
  • 2011
  • Taxes Affecting a Decedent's Estate
  • Probate
  • 2011
  • Estate Planning for Intellectual Property
  • Estate Planning
  • 2011
  • Certification Exam Review Course
  • Estate Planning
  • 2008
  • Is an LLC Right for You
  • Entity Selection
  • 2007
  • The Amazing ESOP
  • Business
  • 2007
  • Keeping the "Fun" in Funerals
  • Probate
  • 2007
  • Asset Protection Strategies
  • Asset Protection
  • 2007
  • Adding Asset Protection to Your Practice
  • Asset Protection
  • 2006
  • Overcoming Title and Bankruptcy Obstacles During Foreclosure
  • Ethics
  • 2006
  • Better Investing National Convention
  • Estate Planning
  • 2006
  • Drafting LLC and LLP Agreements in Ohio
  • Entity Selection
  • 2006
  • Drafting Effective Wills and Trusts
  • Estate Planning
  • 2006
  • Demystifying Asset Protection Vehicles
  • Asset Protectin
  • 2005
  • Counseling the Small Business
  • Business
  • 2005
  • Ohio Estate Planning Fundamentals
  • Estate Planning
  • 2004
  • State and Federal Securities Conference
  • Securities
  • 2004
  • Effective Estate Planning for the Small Estate
  • Estate Planning
  • 2002
  • Family Limited Partnerships and LLCs
  • Estate Planning
  • 2002
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Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (3)
Endorse James
Contracts and agreements Attorney | May 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"From Mr. Bownas's contributions to Avvo users’ questions, he’s clearly a skilled and highly knowledgeable lawyer. Given his excellent advice, I recommend Mr. Bownas to provide best-in-class legal guidance and representation."
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jim is a great lawyer and mentor. He has extensive experience and is well equipped to meet your legal needs."
Estate planning Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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!"
Probate Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Co-worker
"Jim has been very helpful my clients who have probate and estate planning issues."
Estate planning Attorney | Apr 27
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Jim possesses superior experience and expertise. Jim has a wonderful way with people and he has a knack for explaining complex ideas in a clear and understandable way."
Business Attorney | Jul 13
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Jim has forgotten more about being a lawyer than most of us will ever know! I worked with Jim for three years and he was always my sounding-board. A great attorney."
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