John E. Clough


LL.M. (Tax), Capital University Law School, 2002

J.D., University of Dayton School of Law, 1994

B.A., Siena College, 1990

Bar Admissions

Ohio, 1994

New York, 2004

Awards & Recognitions

American College of Trust and Estate Counsel Fellow

Best Lawyers in America, Trusts and Estates, 2013 – 2019

OSBA Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law

Martindale-Hubbell AV Rating


John is an estate planning attorney and  Shareholder with the firm.  He has practiced for over 20 years in the fields of estate planning, estate and trust administration, business succession planning, and taxation.
His estate planning and trust administration practice ranges from simple wills to complex and sophisticated plans of all varieties.   As an estate planning attorney, he works closely with his clients to establish plans to achieve the clients’ goals and minimize estate taxes.  He also has experience guiding estates through the probate process and helping clients establish and maintain guardianships.
With a Masters degree in tax and a thorough understanding of issues unique to small businesses, John provides well-rounded advice to business owners about complex legal issues including tax and succession planning.   John focuses his tax practice on transfer taxation and the income taxation of trusts and estates.  John has experience with GRATs, sales to grantor trusts, charitable trusts, ILITs and other transfer vehicles.
John has had several articles about estate planning and business succession planning published in local & statewide publications.  In addition, John has made numerous presentations on these subjects to business groups, bar associations, accountants, and financial planners throughout the State of Ohio.  In addition, John is available to provide expert witness testimony in Ohio estate planning and federal transfer tax disputes.

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Community Activities

Dayton Bar Association, Past Chairman Estate Planning Trust and Probate Law Committee

Dayton Bar Association, Wills for Heroes Program

Ohio State Bar Association

Greater Dayton Volunteer Lawyers Project

Leadership Dayton, Class of 2008

Moderator, University of Dayton Lifelong Learning Institute

Board of the Samaritan Health Foundation

University of Dayton, Planned Giving Advisory Council

Wright State University Planned Giving Advisory Board

Human Race Theatre Finance Committee

Dayton Performing Arts Alliance (DPAA) Development Committee

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