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David Hershel Lefton

Estate planning Attorney at Cincinnati, OH

5.0   3 reviews

also known as David H. Lefton

Licensed for 35 years

About David

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Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    There are a myriad of legal strategies you might consider implementing as you design your estate plan. Regardless, there are a handful of "must have" estate planning documents you must create before anything else.

    35 years

  2. Probate
    There can be terrific grief and pain at the loss of a loved one. Beyond grief and pain, when you add external stresses to the equation you can have a disaster on your hands in very short order.

    35 years

  3. Business
    Business law refers to the laws that apply to business entities, such as, sole proprietorship, partnerships, limited liability companies and corporations. As you can imagine, businesses interact in varied ways. Call now.

    35 years

David is an equity partner in the law firm of Barron Peck Bennie and Schlemmer. David strives to provide, both clients and the residents of Cincinnati, and surrounding areas, with quality estate planning, probate and business services and resources. To help people better understand estate planning, he writes a monthly law column in Hyde Park Living Magazine, has a blog and newsletter.

To learn more about David Lefton and how his practice can help you achieve your estate planning goals, visit You will find access to his monthly newsletter archive, a free newsletter subscription and blog updates to help keep you abreast of changes in the law, timely planning topics and educational information as it relates to estate planning, wealth protection, estate tax planning and more.

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Licensed for 35 years
State OH
Status Active
Acquired 1987
Updated 11/10/2022

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

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Barron Peck Bennie & Schlemmer Co. LPA


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  3 customer reviews
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Posted by Leesa | September 17, 2012
Excellent Representation
David helped me after my Divorce to set up a Trust for my children. He was courteous, kind and very informative. I had never done anything like this and all my questions were answered promptly and respectfully. David is a kind and honourable Lawyer. In the time since we have worked together, I have seen him in several social situations and he always shows genuine concern and care towards myself and my children and our future.
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Posted by Karen | January 20, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent to Work With!
David represented me in the administration of my Aunt’s estate and did an excellent job guiding me through the administration process. I sought competency and honesty and was impressed with his positive online reviews. David deserves them. He was outstanding to work with and is smart, thorough and treated me with kindness and respect.
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Posted by Bruce | March 24, 2018
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| Consulted Attorney
He answered my questions to the best of his ability not having all the facts. Very kind and professional.


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Work Experience

  • Attorney at Law
  • Hardin, Lefton, Lazarus & Marks
  • 1988 - 2007


  • University of Dayton
  • law
  • 1987

Legal Cases

  • Gosink v. Hamm, (1996) 111 Ohio App.3d 495
  • Court of Appeals reversed the Trial Court affirming the Appeal filed by Attorney Lefton


  • Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Cincinnati (RMHC)
  • Member Development Committee
  • 2014 - Present
  • Ohio State Bar Foundation
  • Membership Committee
  • 2013 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Chair, Director Division 2 GP/Solo Division
  • 2011 - Present
  • Cincinnati Arts Association
  • Board of Trustees
  • 2011 - Present
  • Cincinnati Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1988 - Present
  • FreeStore FoodBank
  • Chair Planned Giving Council
  • 2011 - 2013
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Chair, Solo, Small Firm & General Practice Section
  • 2010 - 2012
  • Greater Sycamore Soccer Association
  • President and Board Member
  • 2004 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Ohio Super Lawyers
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2014
  • Ohio Super Lawyers
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2013
  • Service to Others
  • American Bar Association - GP/Solo Division
  • 2010
  • GP/Solo Division Chairs Award
  • American Bar Association - GP/Solo Division
  • 2007
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  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Contributing author to the 13th edition of the OSBA's popular book, The Law and You.
  • N/A
  • Hyde Park Living
  • Columnist Hyde Park Living Magazine
  • N/A

Speaking Engagements

  • Professionalism and Practical Pointers for Minding Your Own Business
  • Legal Professionalism
  • 2011
  • Estate Administration Procedures: Why Each Step is Important
  • Probate Administration
  • 2008
  • Estate Planning Basics
  • Estate Planning
  • 2006

Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (5)
Family Attorney | Dec 17
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Dave is a good lawyer. He can settle cases in a reasonable fashion, but isn't afraid to try a case when it needs to be tried. He doesn't keep a case going just to line his pockets. He gives good advice to his clients."
Estate planning Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Co-worker
"David is a childhood friend of mine and for the past few years my law partner. David is an excellent attorney who gives each client his personal attention so he can understand thier needs. He is extremely conscientious, caring, pays attention to every detail, and completes his work in a timely manner. He is very involved in the Ohio State Bar Association where he serves on several committees and addresses issues that are important to all attorneys and the citizens of Ohio. David is a great attorney and a better person who I highly recommend."
Divorce and separation
Divorce and separation
Real estate
Workers compensation
Cincinnati Estate planning Lawyer David Hershel Lefton
David Hershel Lefton
Estate planning Attorney
Cincinnati, OH
Licensed for 35 years