Donnie is an attorney in the Private Client and Business Succession Planning practice groups. He helps individuals, families, business owners, and organizations prepare for the future by guiding them through estate planning and succession planning processes. Donnie also assists nonprofit organizations navigate the stringent requirements for entity formation, tax-exempt status, and state charitable solicitation registration.
Donnie graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 2007, and served in the military until 2015. During his tenure, he deployed to Afghanistan and Kuwait. In Afghanistan, Donnie served as the Chief of Contracting for the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force–Afghanistan, where his team’s mission was supporting U.S. special operators and Afghan partners by negotiating and overseeing contracts for supplies and services. His military decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, and Air Force Commendation Medal.
Following his military career, Donnie was employed by a Fortune 500 company as a senior project manager and was responsible for planning and launching new service operations.
Donnie earned an MBA from Webster University and his J.D., cum laude, from The Ohio State Michael E. Moritz College of Law, where he was a managing editor of the Ohio State Law Journal and was recognized as a Michael E. Moritz Scholar in Law.
Taft Pro Bono Honor Roll Award
(2022 – present)
- The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law (2020)
- Webster University (2009)
- United States Air Force Academy (2007)
B.S., Legal Studies
- State - Ohio
- State - Kentucky
Speeches and Publications
Author, “Opinion: Don’t let the cries of our Afghan allies fall silent,” The Cincinnati Enquirer on Cincinnati.com, Aug. 19 2021
Author, “The Case for Overturning Carter to Protect Contract Clause Rights Through Section 1983 Claims,” Ohio State Law Journal Online, Feb. 2020
- Ohio State Bar Association
- Cincinnati Bar Association
Estate Planning and Probate Practice Group Chair
- Kentucky Bar Association
- Greater Cincinnati Planned Giving Council
- Montgomery Citizens’ Leadership Academy
Member, Class of 2020