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I want to take this space to thank my wonderful wife and children for all of  their support, which has molded me into the husband, father and attorney that I am today. Outside of the practice of law my family keeps me busy.  Sometimes I think they work me harder than my staff, but I love every second of it.  I can never coach enough soccer games, go on enough dates with my wife, or enjoy too many Cincinnati Reds baseball games on a summer eve.  I enjoy it all and will continue to work hard for my family and my clients.


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Practice areas


  1. Elder Law: 55%
    18 years, 925 cases
  2. Medicaid & Medicare: 20%
    18 years, 925 cases
  3. Trusts: 15%
    18 years, 694 cases
  4. Estate Planning: 10%
    18 years, 590 cases



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  • C. Joseph Mccullough

    I have known Chris for almost 15 years, first as a law school classmate and subsequently as a colleague in the legal profession. I have found Chris to be an excellent lawyer with a strong grasp of the intricacies of elder law while commanding the respect of his peers and his clients due to his hands-on, personal approach to the practice of law. Recently, when one of my close family members required the services of an attorney that practices in the area of elder law, I didn't have to think twice before referring my family member to Chris. We were extremely pleased with the eventual outcome and the manner in which Chris made a difficult situation easier for us.


    C. Mccullough Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Amanda L. Sims

    I am impressed with the amount of compassion and understanding Attorney Lavin brings to his clients. Attorney Lavin is able to make his clients and their families feel comfortable during some of the most difficult times in their lives. Attorney Lavin's level of knowledge in the elder law field is extraordinary and one of the best in Ohio. I endorse this lawyer.


    Amanda Sims Family Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

Contact info

Lavin Law Group LLC

240 J.E. Bohanan Drive
Vandalia, OH, 45377

Lavin Law Group LLC

106 East Main Street
New Albany, OH, 43054

Lavin Law Group, LLC

832 N Fort Thomas Ave.
Fort Thomas, KY, 41075



KYAuthorized to practice law200507/09/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top Lawyers In OhioAmerican Lawyer Media2016
Top LawyersColumbus C.E.O. Magazine2016
Who' Who in Greater Cincinnati LawCincinnati Business Courier2015
Lead Counsel RatedLead Counsel2015
Top 100 Lawyers Wills, Trusts, and Estates LawyersThe National Advocates2015
Top Lawyers in OhioAmerican Lawyer Media2015
Clients' Choice AwardAvvo Inc.2015
Accredited BusinessU.S. Association of Accredited Business2014
Who's Who in Greater Cincinnati LawCincinnati Business Courier2014
Top 100 Lawyers Wills, Trusts, and Estates LawyersThe National Advocates2014
Rated 10.0 SuperbAvvo Inc.2014
Honoring 15 years of Service to the CommunityMartindale-Hubbell2013
Top Lawyers in OhioAmerican Lawyer Media2013
Client Distinction AwardMartindale-Hubbell2013
Promoting Hope SponsorAlzheimer's Association Greater Cincinnati Chapter2011
Adult Education PermitState of Ohio Department of Education2011
Special Tribute for New BusinessOhio House of Representatives Peter A. Beck District 672010
Citation of AppreciationNational Association of Retired Federal Employees2010
Accredited AttorneyUS Court of Appeals of Veterans Claims2009
Volunteer Certificate of AppreciationButler County Alzheimers Association2008
Honoring Ten Years of Experience to the CommunityMartindale-Hubbell2008
Certificate of Completion-Ed Slott's Exclusice IRA WorkshopEd Slott, CPA2006
Volunteer Certificate of AppreciationButler County Alzheimers Association2006
Volunteer Certificate of AppreciationButler County Alzheimers Association2005
Volunteer Certificate of AppreciationButler County Alzheimers Association2004
Certificate of AppreciationBellbrook Lions Club2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerLavin Law Group LLC2010 - Present
Managing Attorney, Lebanon OfficeThom L Cooper Co. L.P.A.2001 - 2010
AttorneyPro Seniors Inc.1999 - 2001
Assistant Public DefenderHamilton County Public Defenders Office1998 - 1999
Hamilton CountyPublic Defenders Office Law ClerkHamilton County1995 - 1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
U.S. Association of Accredited BusinessMember2014 - Present
Cheering for CharityPartner2014 - Present
The National AdvocatesMember2014 - Present
ElderCounselMember2014 - Present
State of Ohio Department of EducationAdult Education Permit2012 - Present
Catholic Order of ForestersMember2011 - Present
Elder Law/Elder Care PlanningMember2011 - Present
Elder Law and Disability Planning NetworkMember2011 - Present
The Elder Law Attorney Practice Croup (ELAP)Memeber-Linkedin2011 - Present
Better Business BureauMember2011 - Present
Lebanon Area Chamber of CommerceMember2010 - Present
WealthCounselMember2010 - Present
US Court of Appeals of Veterans ClaimsAccredited Attorney2009 - Present
Elder Law AnswersMember2007 - Present
Kentucky Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysMember2002 - Present
Cincinnati Bar AssociationMember1998 - Present
Ohio State Bar AssociationMember1998 - 2010
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Rorick v. Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services Case N0.A900663Appellant prevailed and the annuity was deemed permissable by the Court of Common Please, Hamilton County, Ohio and recently prevailed at the Court of Appeals.
Steele v. Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services Case No. CV2004-05-1353Appellant prevailed in The Court of Common Pleas, Butler County, Ohio
Flemming v. Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services Administrative Appeal #1470578Apellant was successful in gaining Medicaid benefits when the Hearing Officer agreed that they met their burden of demonstrating that there was no value to the Life Estate.
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Publication nameTitleDate
National Business Institute SeminarMedicaid Planning2016
National Business Institute SeminarProtecting Assets While Qualifying for Mediciad2015
National Business Institute SeminarRetirment Assets in Estate Planning and Elder Law2014
National Business Institute SeminarMedicaid Update 20142014
National Business Institute SeminarMedicaid: From Qualifying Clients to Applying for Benefits2013
Inspired Press Publishing/Amazon Digital Service Inc.Your Survival Guide to Asset Preservation2010
National Business Institute SeminarUnderstanding Medicaid and Ohio Estate Recovery2004
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Dayton School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
Xavier UniversityBusinessBA - Bachelor of Arts, BS-Bachelor of Science1991
Jesuit College Preparatory School of DallasN/AHigh School Diploma1986
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Parkinson's Association Support Goup/ St Mary's Church, Franklin, OhioLeagl Coping with a Long Term Illness2016
Medicaid PlanningMedicaid Income Eligibility2016
Alzheimer's Care and Support WorkshopWhat Families Need to Know...When the Diagnosis is Alzheimer's Disease2016
Warren County Senior ServicesAlzheimer's Association Family Assistance Workshop2015
National Business InstituteProtecting Assets While Qualifying for Mediciad2015
Cheering for Charity Educatuin Circuit- Artis Senior Living HostingIncome for Veteran's in need of Memory Care2015
Alzheimer's Association Care and Support WorkshopDeveloping an Action PLan for Life and Estate2015
NBI Continuing Legal Education for ProfessionalsMedciaid Application and Appeals Process2014
NBI Continuing Legal Education for ProfessionalsRetirement Assets in Estate Planning and Elder Law2014
Cin-Day Seniors Educational SeriesOhio Waiver Application Process2014
Alzheimer Association Annual Symposium at NKU Mets CenterPlanning Tips and Traps2014
NBI Confrence/ Medicaid: Qualifying Clients to Applying for BenefitsMedicaid Planning2013
Wright Pat Air Force BaseVetrans Benefits2012
Waren County Board of Developmental DisabilitiesPlanning for Adult Disabled Children2012
Vandalia, Nazarene Church Senior GroupIt Is Never Too Late To Plan2012
Summer Symposium & A Day For CaregiversLegal and Financial Planning2012
End-Of-Life EthicsThe process of legal and ethical decision making at the end of life.2012
2012 Gold Star Wives National ConventionEstate Plannig after the Loss of your Spouse2012
Wright Pat Air Force MOAAVeterans Benefits2011
WHIO Radio "There is a Season"The Importance of Planning2011
Outreach Community Education Series at The Wellington of DaytonLegal Issues for an Aging Generation2011
Lebanon Country ManorVeterans Benefits vs. Ohio Assisted Living Waiver Program2011
Greater Cincinnati Alzheimer's Associaiton meeting at Bethesda Medical Center at Arrow SpringsPlanning in Crisis2011
Great Oaks Career Campuses Adult Education ProgramElder Law and Ideas of Basic Estate Planning2011
Alzheimer Community Education ProgramsLegal ways to protect a loved one with Alzheimer's2011
Vandalia Senior Safety DaySafety first is being prepared2010
Sunrise of Hamilton Community Outreach WorkshopHidden Veterans Benefits2010
Otterbein Community Education SeriesMedicaid Waiver Programs- The New Frontier2010
National Association for Retired Federal EmployeesWelcome to Retirement2010
Live Oaks Vocational School Community Educational SeriesWhat is Elder Law?2010
Heartland of Centerville Community Outreach Workshop SeriesMedicaid Apllication Pitfalls2010
Crossroads Hospice Special events SeriesHow to Use Your Legal Documents. (POA's, Wills, Trusts Etc..)2010
Clermont Care Center Ice Cream SocialUnderstanding Basic Legal Documents2010
Arbors of Milford Community Outreach WorkshopUnderstanding Basic Legal Documents2010
WPAFB Retirement DayHow to Enjoy Your Retirement2009
Christ Hospital Continuing Education UnitsMedicaid Resource Requirements2009
Understanding Medicaid and Estate RecoveryMedicaid Resource Eligibility2004