Brian advises clients in all areas of estate planning and probate including estate and gift tax planning, avoidance or minimization of probate, and succession planning for closely held business owners. Brian helps clients implement plans involving trusts and other vehicles to meet clients’ tax and non-tax objectives. Brian also focuses on the income taxation of trusts and other entities such as qualified settlement funds and disputed ownership funds. Clients benefit from Brian’s experience in advising non-profit organizations and their donors concerning tax and non-tax issues.

Brian has been a frequent speaker and guest lecturer for many different groups, including the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association. Brian is accredited as Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law.  Brian was Chair of the 2009 Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Estate Planning Institute.

Brian earned a J.D., cum laude, Order of the Coif, from The University of Toledo College of Law in 1983. He received a B.A., magna cum laude, Alpha Sigma Nu Honor Society, from John Carroll University in 1980.

Honors & Recognition

Named one of the Best Lawyers in America (2007-2023)

Selected for inclusion in Ohio Super Lawyers (2005-2019)



The University of Toledo College of Law

John Carroll University

Admissions – Court

Admissions – State

Professional & Civic

Professional Activities

Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association

Lorain County Bar Association

Ohio State Bar Association

American Bar Association, Probate and Trust Law Section

Community Involvement

Cudell Improvement, Inc., Board Member

News & Insights

External News & Publications

"With the Election Now in Our Rearview Window, Possible Estate and Gift Tax Changes are on the Horizon," Lorain County Bar Association Legal Times, November 2012

"How low interest rates plus low valuations create extraordinary planning opportunities," Smart Business Magazine, December 2011

"Estate Planning and Title Insurance," published by the Probate Law Journal of Ohio, January/February 2011


Speaking Engagements

"Estate Planning in Uncertain Times," SS&G Webinar, November 16, 2012


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