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Barry Herbert Zimmer

About me

Barry H. Zimmer founded THE ZIMMER LAW FIRM in June 1993, to practice in the areas of Estate Planning, Estate Administration, and Business Succession Planning. His goal was and continues to be helping clients understand and de-mystify the often confusing world of Estate Planning in an ever-changing society, and to implement effective Estate Planning with minimal effort and time investment. The firm works from the belief that planning should always be driven by purpose. As a result, there are no “canned” or pre-set planning solutions. Instead, Zimmer helps clients identify their goals first and then builds estate and business plans based on that understanding.

Barry has been in private practice since receiving his law degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 1979. He earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree from U.C. with Honors, Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa, in 1976. He was profiled in the 1990-1991 edition of Who’s Who in American Law for contribution to the betterment of contemporary society, and has lectured numerous times on legal topics, and authored several articles and Special Reports on Estate Planning. He is a former guest columnist on Simply Money, on 91.7 FM, WVXU. He makes occasional guest appearances on radio about estate planning topics, and has been quoted in newspaper articles and columns on Estate Planning matters.

In Mr. Zimmer’s perspective, excellence in implementing trust-based estate plans is but one aspect of his responsibility to clients. Providing reliable guidance and service to families of clients who pass away is just as critical as sound planning at the front end. Zimmer and his staff have successfully handled hundreds of trust estate and probate cases, and are experienced in settling and distributing a wide variety of estate assets to heirs.

Mr. Zimmer also believes strongly in continuing education. He devotes substantial time and resources to staying up to date on the latest laws, trends and techniques.

Barry  is also a founding member of the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys. The Academy is a limited membership organization that provides continuing legal education to members, and practice management support and training. The goal of the Academy is to help foster excellence in attorney member services to their clients. Zimmer has been actively involved in the Academy since its inception in 1993, including service on the Academy’s first Board of Governors and Education Advisory Board. He regularly attends specialized and advanced training by the experts in the Academy Education Department several times a year. This includes two national conferences sponsored by the Academy for its members, where Zimmer also networks with Estate Planning Lawyers from across the country.

In addition, Mr. Zimmer attends numerous local and regional estate planning training courses each year on state and federal laws and developing techniques. He is certified to present Continuing Legal Education programs for financial professionals and CPA’s about estate planning issues and laws.

Mr. Zimmer is a member of the Cincinnati and Ohio State Bar Associations. He is admitted to practice in all Ohio courts, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, the Federal District Court of the Southern District of Ohio, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys. He is married with two children, and lives in Symmes Township. When Mr. Zimmer isn’t working he enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, and reading.


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Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 40%
    24 years, 3 thousand cases
  2. Probate: 35%
    24 years
  3. Medicaid & Medicare: 25%
    7 years, 100 cases


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Raymond J German

    Barry is a very knowledgeable and ethical attorney in all areas of his practice. Barry specializes in estate planning and is competent in this area as I have worked with him for several years with the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys in training and practice. Very will go to the wall for your cause because that's what he does.


    Raymond German Estate planning Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Michael Joseph O'Brien

    I endorse this lawyer. Barry is a nice person and talented attorney. He works hard to maintain his expertise for representing his clients. He is trustworthy and honest, all you want in your attorney.


    Michael O'Brien Estate planning Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

The Zimmer Law Firm, LLC

9825 Kenwood Road, Suite 201
Cincinnati, OH, 45242


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2016
Peak PerformerAmerican Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys2015
FellowAmerican Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Estate Planning & Elder Law AttorneyThe Zimmer Law Firm1993 - Present
PartnerZimmer, Kapor, and Simon1989 - 1993
PartnerZimmer and Kapor1984 - 1989
PartnerO'Connor, Acciani, and Zimmer1982 - 1984
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysMember2013 - Present
Ohio Chapter of National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysMember2013 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2013 - Present
American Academy of Estate Planning AttorneysDocument Language Committee2008 - Present
Better Business BureauAccredited Business1995 - Present
American Academy of Estate Planning AttorneysMember1993 - Present
Cincinnati Bar AssociationMember1980 - Present
Ohio State Bar AssociationMember1980 - Present
American Academy of Estate Planning AttorneysEducation Advisory Board1999 - 2001
American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys AttorneysBoard of Governors1999 - 2001
Publication nameTitleDate
White PaperChoosing an Ohio Medicaid Managed Care Plan2015
White PaperWhy Would I want a Revocable Living Trust in Ohio2015
White PaperUnderstanding the Many Powers of Attorney in Ohio2015
White PaperTruths Every Family with Special Needs Children Need to Know2015
White PaperMedicaid and Medicare in Ohio: Understanding Differences2014
White PaperWhat is an Elder Law Attorney in Ohio?2014
BookletProtecting Your Family and Leaving a Legacy2014
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Cincinnati College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1979
University of CincinnatiEconomics - Honors Phi Beta KappaBA - Bachelor of Arts1976
36 + Hours of Continuing Education every yearN/AN/AN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Veteran's Benefits & MediciadHow to Prevent the High Costs of Nursing Care from Destroying Your Retirement and Family Wealth2015
Trust PositionsTrustee and Power of Attorney School2015
Estate PlanningEstate Planning to Protect your Family's Future2015
Ohio State Bar AssociationElder Law2013
Zimmer Law Firm Continuing EducationEstate Planning for Financial Planners and Agents2006
Radio BroadcastEstate Planning - Will's and Trusts2006