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Biography

Patty is certified as a specialist in estate planning, trust and probate law by the Ohio State Bar Association and is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, where she serves as a member of the Estate and Gift Tax Committee.  She concentrates her practice in the areas of estate planning, trust and estate administration, charitable gift planning, probate and trust litigation, business succession planning, and individual and fiduciary income taxation.

Patty counsels individual clients in all areas of wealth transfer planning, including federal gift and estate tax planning, charitable planning, planning for retirement benefit distributions, generation-skipping design and analysis, asset protection planning, and family business succession planning.

She represents corporate and individual fiduciaries in all aspects of trust and estate administration.  Patty also advises trust and estate beneficiaries in connection with their rights and interests in the administration, distribution and termination of significant estates and multi-generational trust arrangements.  Patty counsels fiduciaries and beneficiaries in connection with trust disputes and modifications, including the negotiation of private settlement agreements and other non-judicial remedies, participation in declaratory judgment and trust construction court actions, and matters involving trust reformations and early trust terminations.

Patty is the Chair of the Ohio State Bar Association Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Section Council.  The Council reviews trust and probate law in Ohio and drafts proposed trust and probate law legislation which is sponsored by the Ohio State Bar Association.

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Education

Law School

University of Cincinnati College of Law, J.D., 1983
Order of the Coif
Law Review Note Editor

Undergraduate School

University of Dayton, B.A., 1979, summa cum laude

Bar Membership

Patty is licensed to practice in the following state(s):

Ohio, 1983

Recognition

Local & National Recognition

Ohio State Bar Association, Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Specialist

AV® Preeminent Rated, Martindale-Hubbell®

The Best Lawyers in America®, 1995-2019

Ohio Super Lawyer®, 2005-2016, 2019

Recipient of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation Bridge Builder Award, 2015

Top 25 Women Attorneys in Cincinnati, Top 50 Women Attorneys in Ohio

Named 2011 Cincinnati Estate Planning Lawyer of the Year

Five-Star: Best in Client Satisfaction Wealth Manager®, 2008-2015

Cincinnati Leading Woman, 2006

Professional Affiliations

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, Estate and Gift Tax Committee; Ohio Membership Committee

Ohio State Bar Association, Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Section Council, Chair; Executive Committee Member

Member, Probate Law Journal of Ohio Editorial Advisory Board

Cincinnati Bar Association, Estate Planning Probate Committee, Former Chairperson; Advanced Estate Planning and Probate Institute Committee, Former Chairperson

Cincinnati Estate Planning Council

Civic Activities

Civic & Charitable Organizations

Cincinnati Association for the Blind, Member, Board of Trustees

The Southwest Ohio Charitable Capital Design Center, Advisory Board Member