Roderick H. Willcox

Of Counsel - Posthumous Columbus


Rod’s practice included representing clients in all aspects of business and corporate law. He routinely advised all types of business entities with an emphasis on closely-held and family-owned businesses. Rod counseled clients on business succession planning, mergers and acquisitions, tax issues and related estate planning and wealth transfer planning. He also had an active practice handling all aspects of commercial real estate transactions.

Prior to the merger with Taft, Rod served as managing partner for over 20 years for Chester Willcox & Saxbe. He was also actively engaged in the local community in a variety of service positions. Rod actively mentored the firm’s younger lawyers and guided the Columbus office’s Pro Bono Service Committee.

Representative Experience

  • Represented office building owner in refinancing and sale with 1031 exchange.
  • Represented public corporation in merger.
  • Represented shareholder in sale of multi-million dollar business.
  • Created air rights condominium units over parking garage.
  • Represented business owners in estate planning matters.


All Service Areas


  • University of Michigan Law School (1958)
  • Williams College, B.A. (1955)


  • State - Ohio

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association Business Law and Taxation Sections
  • Columbus Bar Association Member
  • Ohio State Bar Association Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Section

Community Involvement

  • Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board Member
  • Columbus Foundation Legal Advisory Committee Former Chairman, 2000-2005
  • Ohio Historical Society Trustee