Susan is of counsel and past co-chair of the Private Client practice, working with our clients on their estate planning. The goal is to create a plan that meets our clients’ intentions, safeguards assets, and passes property to family, friends, and charities efficiently. The tools of estate planning include not only wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and healthcare directives, but thoughtful analysis of our clients’ concerns. Susan’s extensive knowledge of estate planning issues and her successful track record are among the reasons why she has received consecutive honors from Chambers High Net Worth Guide, Ohio Super Lawyers, Leading Lawyers, and Best Lawyers in America.

She works closely with families after the loss of a loved one, helping support them through the probate and estate settlement process. Susan’s background in litigation enhances her ability to help clients avoid or manage misunderstandings or disputes among heirs.

Susan is an elected fellow on the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and is certified by the Ohio State Bar Association Specialty Board as a specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law. She chaired the Cincinnati Bar Association’s Estate Planning and Probate Committee, served as the president of the Cincinnati Estate Planning Council, and taught both estate planning and alternative dispute resolution as an adjunct professor of law at the University of Cincinnati College of Law.

Involved in numerous community causes, Susan has served on boards including the Ohio Justice and Policy Center, the Mercantile Library of Cincinnati, and Ursuline Academy. She was a member of Class 30 of Leadership Cincinnati, a program of the Cincinnati Regional Chamber of Commerce. Susan has also been named Volunteer Lawyer of the Year for 2022 by the Volunteer Lawyers for the Poor Foundation for her exemplary pro bono legal services to low-income clients.

Susan received her J.D. from the Northwestern University School of Law, where she served on the Northwestern University Law Review, and her B.A. in history from Yale University.


  • Honoree, Chambers High Net Worth Guide, Private Wealth Law (2016 – present)

  • Honoree, Best Lawyers in America, Trusts and Estates (2006 – present)

  • Honoree, Ohio Super Lawyers, Estate & Probate (2004 – present)

  • Leading Lawyers Honoree, Cincy Magazine, Trust, Business, General

    (2013 – present)

  • AV Peer Review Rated, LexisNexis/Martindale-Hubbell

  • Graduate, Leadership Cincinnati (Class of 2006 – 2007)

  • Shattered Glass Award Honoree (2017)

  • Honoree, Volunteer Lawyer of the Year, Volunteer Lawyers for the Poor Foundation (2022)

All Service Areas


  • Northwestern University School of Law (1986)
  • Yale University (1982)


  • State - Ohio

Speeches and Publications


“Attention! Action Might Be Needed if You Have GRATs, Life Insurance Trusts, SLATs, QPRTs, or Other Grantor Trusts!”, Taft Law Bulletin, Sept. 30, 2021

“A Word of Reassurance from Taft’s Estate Planners and Information on Health Care Advance Directives,” Taft Law Bulletin, March 23, 2020

“Final Tax Reform Bill: Taft Provides Guidance on Year-End Opportunities,” Taft Law Bulletin, Dec. 18, 2017

“Now is the Time to Do Family Business Succession Planning – Proposed Regulations Could Affect Valuations on Gifts,” Taft Law Bulletin, Aug. 4, 2016

“Four Tips for Successful Business Succession Planning,” Taft Law Bulletin, May 11, 2016

Professional Affiliations

  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel


  • Ohio State Bar Association

    Certified Specialist, Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law

  • Cincinnati Estate Planning Council

    Past President

  • Cincinnati Bar Association

    Past Chair, Estate Planning and Probate Committee

Community Involvement

  • Mercantile Library of Cincinnati

    Former Board Member

  • Ohio Justice & Policy Center

    Former Board Member

  • Ursuline Academy

    Former Board Member