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Thomas J. Bonasera is a Partner in the Corporate Department of Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP and a member
of the firm's Board of Directors. Mr. Bonasera focuses his practice on
trust and estate administration and litigation, estate planning and
closely held business matters. Mr. Bonasera advises his clients on a
broad range of trust and estate planning and litigation matters,
obligations and liabilities of trustees and other fiduciaries and trust
and estate beneficiary rights and closely held business matters
including business disputes.


Practice areas


  1. Trusts: 25%
    41 years
  2. Corporate: 25%
    41 years
  3. Estate Planning: 25%
    41 years
  4. Probate: 20%
    41 years
  5. Investment Fraud: 5%
    41 years



Hourly ($150-500/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Jami Sue Oliver

    Tom Bonasera is an excellent lawyer. He is thorough and dedicated to the best result for his clients at all times. It has been a pleasure to work on matters with Mr. Bonasera over the years. I would highly recommend him for anyone looking for a reputable probate or trust lawyer in Central Ohio.


    Jami Oliver Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info


191 W Nationwide Blvd #300
Columbus, OH, 43215


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
Top 100 Attorneys in OhioCincinnati's Law & Politics magazine2009
Ohio Super LawyerOhio Super Lawyers2009
Top 100 Attorneys in OhioCincinnati's Law & Politics magazine2008
Ohio Super LawyerOhio Super Lawyers2008
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2008
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2007
Top 100 Attorneys in OhioCincinnati's Law & Politics magazine2007
Ohio Super LawyerOhio Super Lawyers2007
Top 100 Attorneys in OhioCincinnati's Law & Politics magazine2006
Ohio Super LawyerOhio Super Lawyers2006
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2006
Ohio Super LawyerOhio Super Lawyers2005
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2005
Columbus Bar Association's Bar Service Medal AwardColumbus Bar Association2005
Top 100 Attorneys in OhioCincinnati's Law & Politics magazine2005
Ohio State Bar Association Bar Medal AwardOhio State Bar Association2005
Ohio Super LawyerOhio Super Lawyers2004
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2004
Top 100 Attorneys in OhioCincinnati's Law & Politics magazine2004
Ohio Super LawyerOhio Super Lawyers2003
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2003
Top 100 Attorneys in OhioCincinnati's Law & Politics magazine2003
Top 100 Attorneys in OhioCincinnati's Law & Politics magazine2002
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2002
Ohio Super LawyerOhio Super Lawyers2002
Top 100 Attorneys in OhioCincinnati's Law & Politics magazine2001
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2001
Ohio Super LawyerOhio Super Lawyers2001
Top 100 Attorneys in OhioCincinnati's Law & Politics magazine2000
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2000
Ohio Super LawyerOhio Super Lawyers2000
Top 100 Attorneys in OhioCincinnati's Law & Politics magazine1999
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell1998
Top 100 Attorneys in OhioCincinnati's Law & Politics magazine1998
Top 100 Attorneys in OhioCincinnati's Law & Politics magazine1997
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell1997
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell1996
Top 50 Attorneys in ColumbusCincinnati's Law & Politics magazine1996
Alumni Association Professionalism AwardCapital University Law School1996
Top 100 Attorneys in OhioCincinnati's Law & Politics magazine1996
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell1995
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell1994
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell1993
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell1992
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell1991
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell1990
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell1989
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell1988
The Best Lawyers in AmericaThe Best Lawyers in AmericaN/A
Voted by peers as one of Central Ohio’s best lawyersColumbus Business FirstN/A
AV RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerDinsmore & Shohl2008 - Present
Partner & Managing PartnerThompson Hine1990 - 2008
PartnerCrabbe Brown Jones Potts & Schmidt1980 - 1990
Association namePosition nameDuration
The American College of Trust and Estate CounselFellow and Fiduciary Litigation Committee Member1988 - Present
Ohio State Bar AssociationPresident, 1999-2000; Board of Governors, 1996-19981975 - Present
Columbus Bar AssociationPresident 1993-94; Probate Court Committee; Securities Committee1975 - Present
Ronald McDonald House Charities of ColumbusBoard Member and Past PresidentN/A
Legal Aid Society of ColumbusBoard Member and Past PresidentN/A
Alzheimer's Association of ColumbusFormer Board MemberN/A
Columbus Medical Research FoundationBoard MemberN/A
Ohio Supreme CourtLawyer to Lawyer Mentoring ProgramN/A
Ohio State Legal Services AssociationBoard MemberN/A
The American Red Cross of Greater ColumbusBoard MemberN/A
Central Ohio Association for Justice2010 Probate Court Committee Co-ChairN/A
American Arbitration AssociationPanel Member and ArbitratorN/A
National Association of Securities DealersPanel of ArbitratorsN/A
Ohio Commission on Racial FairnessImplementing Task Force Committee MemberN/A
Columbus Estate Planning CouncilN/AN/A
Franklin County Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health BoardBoard Member and 2010 ChairN/A
Ohio State Bar FoundationFellow and Past Board MemberN/A
American Bar AssociationN/AN/A
The Columbus FoundationProfessional CounselN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Ohio Trial MagazinePerfecting Personal Injury Claims Against Estates2005
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Capital University Law SchoolN/ALaw - Order of the Curia1975
Ohio State UniversityMarketingBS - Bachelor of Science1970
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Wrongful Death SettlementsWrongful Death SettlementsN/A
Special Needs TrustsSpecial Needs Trusts and Planning for persons with DisabilitiesN/A
Fiduciary, Trust and Estate Litigation UpdateFiduciary, Trust and Estate Litigation UpdateN/A
Closely Held Business DisputesClosely Held Business DisputesN/A
"You and the Law" Radio Series"You and the Law"N/A