We help you plan for your future, protect your family and business, and provide for your loved ones.
Business Law and Estate Planning & Administration
We help businesses of all sizes make sure they have a solid approach. And because most businesses are a means to the end of serving one's family, we also make sure your family and protected and provided for. My experience includes business counsel and litigation, business development in both the public and private sectors, estate planning, and estate administration, among others.
4449 Easton Way
Columbus, OH 43219
I can help you create peace of mind about the future of your family and your business.
Money is not an end, it is a means to an end and is one among a number of tools that we use to create, produce, and provide for ourselves and those who have been entrusted in our care. What we do with our money, work, and business will inevitably shape and impact the well-being of our families and our communities. Our impact is the end itself. What impact have you and your business had on your family and community? Have you thought about it? Have you planned for it? There is a common belief and misconception that we have to reach a certain age, earn a certain amount of money, or attain a certain level of status before we can plan for the future. I like to believe just the opposite. You can never be too old or too young for estate planning, but you can be too late. Whether you have been in business for 30 years or 30 days, now is the time to ensure that the legacy you are building in your business is serving the proper ends and has a meaningful impact on your community and family.
Business Succession and Estate Planning
Even if you do not own a business, there should be a plan for your other assets. Do not simply think of big-ticket items like cars, houses, or businesses. There should be a plan for your "smaller" items, too. Things like your wedding ring, diary, clothes, and other items of emotional value can be part of your estate plan. In other words, it is not just about the monetary value; it is about the sentimental value. Creating a plan for such valuable possessions, not to mention business succession, can involve various elements. From your health decisions to finances and entrepreneurship endeavors, I can help you put the right tools in place to ensure that your true wishes are upheld and respected.
I have significant experience providing legal counsel to businesses of all sizes in some of the most complex transactions, including administrative and regulatory proceedings. I provide general business counsel to clients, including advising them on federal, state and local government procurement and business development programs. I also advise business owners and their families on estate and incapacity planning matters. My legal career began as an associate at Whitt Sturtevant LLP. I left the firm in 2014 to serve as Deputy Director of the Ohio Department of Administrative Services (DAS) and was appointed as the State of Ohio's Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Coordinator. During my service with the State of Ohio, I oversaw several small business development and procurement preference programs, including the State of Ohio's Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) program. During my administration of the MBE program, the state achieved its procurement goals for the first time since the program began in 1980, making me the first State EEO Coordinator in Ohio's history with this accomplishment. I went on to lead the state to achieve the program's goals for the next two consecutive fiscal years, which represented over $830 million in contracts and thousands of jobs created for minority-owned businesses.
I also oversaw the successful administration of the state's Encouraging Diversity, Growth, and Equity (EDGE) Business Development program, through which over $981 million in state contracts and subcontracts were placed with historically underutilized businesses. I also implemented the state's first preference program for Veteran-friendly Business Enterprises (VBE). During law school, I completed clerkships with the Ohio governor's office and the Ohio House of Representatives. I'm also active in Franklin County politics. I earned my J.D. from The Ohio State University's Moritz College of Law and my bachelor's degree in philosophy from the University of Akron.
Above all else, I value time spent with family, loved ones, and improving local communities. These values are why my goal is for each of my clients to have an efficient business that has working policies and procedures and that's avoided or mitigated legal risks. Helping clients create these kinds of businesses is my motivating passion because it helps clients experience the freedom and peace of mind that comes with having a business that serves them and their families, instead of the other way around. These are the kinds of businesses that free my clients to spend more time loving their families, supporting their loved ones, and improving their communities.
U.S. District Court, N.D., Ohio
The Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University, J.D. (2010)
The University of Akron, B.A. (Philosophy) (2005)
Awards and Honors
2018 Ohio MBE Publishers Award
Judge Joseph M. Harter Memorial Award for Trial Practice
OSU Moritz College of Law Lawrence Negotiation Champion
CALI Awards as the highest scoring law student in Trial Practice; Law, History, & Philosophy; and Legislation Clinic
Member of the Board of Directors (Secretary), Central Ohio African American Chamber of Commerce
Lean Six Sigma Black Belt
Of Counsel, Whitt Sturtevant
Principal, The Nine Forty-Four Group
The University of Akron
B.A. (Philosophy), 2005
The Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University
Juris Doctorate, 2010
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