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Michael J. Stegman has joined Frost Brown Todd’s (FBT) Cincinnati office as a partner in its Tax, Benefits & Estates Practice Group. He joins from law firm Kohnen & Patton.

Stegman is an estate planner with over 30 years of experience helping clients protect and preserve their legacy over generations in accordance with their values and wishes. He advises clients on how to appropriately benefit descendants over time through sophisticated trust structures, protect assets from various claims and creditors, preserve special assets such as family businesses and legacy real estate, reduce or eliminate wealth transfer taxes, address income tax matters, create charitable vehicles, and protect family privacy.

“Michael is a talented practitioner who brings a wealth of estate planning experience to the firm as we continue to invest in our Midwest capabilities,” said Cincinnati Office Partner-in-Charge Christopher S. Habel. “Michael’s longtime presence in the Cincinnati legal community and his stellar reputation in Ohio make him an excellent addition to our office.”

Stegman co-authored the Ohio Legacy Trust Act and other trust and asset protection reforms that became Ohio law in 2013. He also regularly advises clients on foreign asset issues and represents Germans, Canadians, Austrians and other nationals who reside in the U.S. or who have investments here, collaborating with professionals in foreign jurisdictions to develop plans that respect all applicable laws.

“Michael’s intimate knowledge of Ohio, U.S. and even international laws and treaties governing wealth transfer and asset protection will bolster our firm’s reputation among a variety of clients seeking estate planning services,” said Tax, Benefits & Estates Practice Group Leader Mark F. Sommer. “Clients appreciate his experience, discretion and sensitivity toward their unique circumstances when crafting these important documents.”

Stegman earned his J.D. at the New York University School of Law and B.A. at the University of Notre Dame.