Harlan S. Louis, Member

Harlan S. Louis
T 614.229.3225
F 614.221.0479
Dayton Office
T 937.223.4701
F 937-223-0170
Columbus Office
T 614.221.3155
F 614.221.0479

Harlan is a certified specialist in estate planning, trust and probate law, with over twenty years' experience representing individuals, families, fiduciaries, beneficiaries, charities and businesses.  Harlan is experienced in tax planning, tax audits and tax appeals, with a background as a CPA and a master's degree in tax law.  Harlan works with clients to craft business succession plans and strategies to reduce estate, gift and other taxes.

Noteworthy Experience

  • Harlan works on federal, state and local tax matters, including representing Mapfre Stadium on tax matters, including passage of legislation to exempt the stadium from real property tax.
  • Harlan argues tax cases before the Ohio Supreme Court, the Ohio Board of Tax Appeals, Ohio Department of Taxation and county Boards of Revision.
  • Harlan represents clients in front of the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Tax Court.
  • Part of the first group designated as a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law by the Ohio State Bar Association.
  • Former Chairman of the Columbus Estate Planning Council.
  • Former Chairman of the Columbus Bar Association Probate Court Committee.

Publications & Speaking Engagements

  • Client Alert: An Important New Asset Protection Tool: The Ohio Legacy Trust Act
  • The Estate Planning Workshop, sponsored by WOSU, covering estate planning for Wills, trusts, retirement assets and charitable estate planning

Professional Recognition

  • Top Lawyer in Columbus, named by Columbus CEO Magazine
  • Martindale Hubbell, AV Rating

Affiliations and Civic Involvement

  • Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law by the Ohio State Bar Association
  • Former Chairman, Columbus Estate Planning Council
  • Former Chairman, Columbus Bar Association, Probate Court Committee
  • Columbus Jewish Foundation
    • Chairman, Legal and Tax Advisory Committee
    • Former Member, Board of Trustees and Executive Committee
  • The Columbus Foundation, Professional Council
  • LifeCare Alliance, Legacy Endowment Campaign, Advisory Council
  • Ohio State Bar Association
    • Council Member, Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Section
    • Member, Taxation Law Committee
  • Florida State Bar Association
  • Certified Public Accountant (inactive)
  • New Albany-Plain Local School District
    • Former Member of Facilities Committee and Finance Committee


  • University of Florida College of Law (LL.M. in Taxation)
  • University of Dayton School of Law (J.D.) cum laude
  • Miami University (B.S. in Accounting)

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio
  • Florida
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • United States Tax Court