David H. Lefton

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Estate Planning & Probate Attorney in Cincinnati, OH

Barron Peck Bennie & Schlemmer Co., LPA
 | 3074 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45209
Phone: 513-399-7526
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1987
Practice Areas:
  • Estate Planning & Probate (70%),
  • Business/Corporate (20%),
  • Real Estate: Business (10%)
Attorney Profile

David H. Lefton knows how important the details are in estate planning matters. As a partner with Barron Peck Bennie & Schlemmer, Co. LPA, he meticulously goes through every case he handles to cover each possible risk, outcome and benefit. He has more than 25 years of experience, which Mr. Lefton puts to good use when serving people in Cincinnati, Ohio, and the surrounding areas.

Each case is unique in terms of the factors that shape how an estate plan is developed. Over time, Mr. Lefton has built the skills to effectively address issues such as probate litigation, estate planning and taxes, probate and estate trust administration, prenuptial agreements, asset protection, business planning, and business law matters. He works closely with clients to establish their goals, whether those involve leaving a legacy for their heirs or protecting their own financial future.

Mr. Lefton’s success is rooted in his education. He earned a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University before receiving a Juris Doctor from the University of Dayton Law School in 1987.

Today, he continues learning through participation in professional groups such as the Ohio State Bar Foundation, the Ohio State Bar Association, the Cincinnati Bar Association and the American Bar Association. He also shares his knowledge with others, frequently serving as a guest speaker and publishing monthly columns in Hyde Park Living magazine.

As a testament to Mr. Lefton’s consistently outstanding work, he holds the highest peer review rating possible of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell, and he has an Avvo “Superb” rating.

Additionally, Mr. Lefton is committed to serving the community. He has received the American Bar Association’s Service to Others award and is involved with groups such as Cincinnati Arts and the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Cincinnati.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Estate Planning & Probate (70%): Estate Planning, Living Wills, Power of Attorney, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Wills

Business/Corporate (20%): Business Formation and Planning, Limited Liability Companies, Partnership, Sub-chapter S Corporations, Contracts, Business Organizations

Real Estate (10%)

Focus Areas

Estate Planning & Probate: Estate Planning, Living Wills, Power of Attorney, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Wills

Business/Corporate: Business Formation and Planning, Limited Liability Companies, Partnership, Sub-chapter S Corporations, Contracts, Business Organizations

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 5 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2017

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White Papers

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  • About David Lefton

    Admitted: 1987, Ohio

    Professional Webpage: http://www.bpbslaw.com/Attorneys/David-H-Lefton.html

    Honors and Awards:

    • Annual Award given to member of the Division in recognition for outstanding service to others, both in the bar association and community, GP/Solo Division Service to Others Award, American Bar Association, 2010
    • Annual Award given to one member from around the country in recognition of exceptional service and leadership to the Division, GP/Solo Division Chairs Award, American Bar Association, 2007
    • For Economics of Law Practice in Ohio, American Bar Association Bar Project of the Year, 2004
    • AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell Directory
    • Ohio Super Lawyer

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • District 1 Representative to Ohio State Bar Association Board of Govenor.  Elected to 3 year term commencing in 2017 at District 1 Annual meeting in March 2017. The 24-member Board of Governors meets throughout the year to manage the OSBA’s business affairs, set policy, review pending legislation and conduct other business on behalf of OSBA members., 2017
    • Chair, American Bar Association - General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Section, 2016 to 2017.
    • Member, OSBA Judicial Election Campaign Judicial Advertising Monitoring Committee
    • Chair, OSBA Economics of Law Survey
    • Council Chair, Chair of Programming for the Annual Meeting, and Chair of the Solo and Small Firm Technology Conference, Ohio State Bar Association
    • Chair, Ohio State Bar Association (1999 to present) Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Council
    • Chair, American Bar Association - Commission on Continuing Legal Education, 2007-2011
    • Ohio State Bar Association - Trust, Probate and Estate Planning Council District One Representative Funeral; Burial Instructions Committee Member, 2001 - 2010
    • American Bar Association - Standing Committee on Group and Prepaid Legal Services (API), 2011 - present
    • Cincinnati Bar Association
    • United States Supreme Court
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
    • State of Ohio

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Member, Development Committee for the Ronald McDonald House of Cincinnati (2014-2016)
    • Cincinnati Arts Association Board of Trustees (2011 to 2017).
    • Co-chair, FreeStore FoodBank Chair Planned Giving Council (2011 to 2012) 
    • Ohio State Bar Foundation
    • Board of Trustees, Crest Hills Country Club (1994-1995)
    • Greater Sycamore Soccer Association (2004 to 2011) President, 2009 to 2011 

    Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

    Video:

    • Attorney David H. Lefton is a partner in the law firm of Barron Peck Bennie & Schlemmer, a law firm serving greater Cincinnati, Ohio and Southwest Ohio. For more than 25 years, David has helped his clients protect their financial futures, provide for their heirs, handle business concerns and resolve other legal problems. Combining personalized service and insightful advice, he has been named an Ohio Super Lawyer in the area of Estate Planning and has earned the highest ethical standards and professional ability rating that is given to lawyers by the respected Martindale-Hubbell Directory. David also is a leader in activities of both the Ohio State Bar Association and American Bar Association, and is involved in a variety of community service activities., David H. Lefton, Attorney at Law, 2015
    • Cincinnati, Ohio Estate Planning Attorney David Lefton tells you about Ohio's intestacy law and why you need an estate plan to keep the state from choosing how your estate is distributed., What You Need To Know About Estate Planning, 2015
    • Cincinnati, Ohio Probate Attorney David Lefton on Probate and Estate Administration., Probate and Estate Administration, 2015

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    Educational Background:

    • Bradley University, B.S.

    Industry Groups

  • American Bar Association
  • Ohio Bar Foundation And Cincinnati Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Office Location for David H. Lefton

    3074 Madison Road
    Cincinnati, OH 45209

    Phone: 513-399-7526

     

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    Last Updated: 2/23/2017

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