John F. Furniss III



John F. Furniss III represents individuals, including professionals, executives, and business owners, as well as families in connection with all aspects of estate planning, charitable giving, business succession planning, and estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax planning. He also represents fiduciaries and beneficiaries in the administration of trusts and probate estates as well as in disputes involving trusts and estates, including will contests, trust contests, and tax audits and controversies. He also represents tax-exempt organizations in matters related to their tax-exempt status, planned gifts from their donors, and their endowments.

John is active in various professional groups related to estate planning and charitable giving. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, and currently serves as secretary for the Ohio State Bar Association's Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate Law Section Council. He also is active in leadership roles with various non-profit organizations in the Central Ohio region.

Professional & Community Activities
  • Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
  • Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Probate Law Journal of Ohio
  • Member, Columbus Estate Planning Council
  • Member, Professional Advisors Committee, Columbus Foundation
  • Member, Central Ohio Planned Giving Council
  • Member, Partnership For Philanthropic Planning
  • Former member, Board of Trustees, Jazz Arts Group, 2006-2015
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Ohioana Library Association
  • Former member, Board of Trustees, Fairfield Heritage Association, 2009-2015
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Fairfield Medical Center Foundation
  • President, The East Wing Association
  • Past President, Kenyon College Regional Association of Columbus
  • Past Member, Kenyon College Alumni Council
Presentations & Published Works
  • Speaker, the Ohio State Bar Association; the Columbus Bar Association; ACTEC Ohio; and various estate planning councils and charitable foundations on various topics relating to estate planning, charitable giving, exempt organizations, and estate and trust administration.
  • Author, various articles on estate planning that have appeared in Probate Law Journal of Ohio and other publications
Bar Admissions & Activities
  • Admitted, State of Ohio; U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Northern Districts of Ohio; U.S. Tax Court
  • Secretary and Council Member, Ohio State Bar Association Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate Law Section
  • Fellow, Ohio State Bar Foundation, Class of 2007
  • Member, Columbus Bar Association (Estate and Gift Tax, Probate Court, and Bar Admissions Committees)
  • Member, American Bar Association (Section of Real Property, Probate and Trust Law, Section of Taxation)
Awards & Recognition
  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America (Trusts and Estates), 2013–2018
  • Listed, Ohio Super Lawyers (Estate Planning & Probate; Tax: Business), 2014–2017
  • Rising Star, Ohio Super Lawyers, 2005–2006, 2009–2013
  • University of Virginia School of Law (J.D., 2000); Managing Editor, Journal of Law & Politics
  • Kenyon College (A.B., magna cum laude, 1997); Member, Phi Beta Kappa; Member, Pi Kappa Sigma, the national political science honor fraternity; Awarded distinction for senior exercises in political science
  • Studied at St. Catherine's College of Oxford University
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