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Karen M. Moore

Karen Moore is a partner in the firm's Trusts and Estates group. She practices estate planning and administration, emphasizing the drafting of wills and trusts with related estate, gift and generation skipping tax planning, and administration of estates and guardianships; and litigation involving trusts and estates. She serves as counsel to individuals and families and as attorney for a large number of estates and trusts. She counsels numerous fiduciaries and estate and trust beneficiaries in resolving disputes before litigation arises and serves as counsel in fiduciary litigation matters in court.

Karen is a current Regent Emerita and a Past President of The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and a current member of the Executive Committee, and Past Chair of the Ohio State Bar Association Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Section.

Professional & Community Activities

  • Fellow, American College of Trust & Estate Council (Fiduciary Litigation, Communications, and Site Selection Committees; Diversity Task Force)
  • Adjunct professor, Estate Planning, Administration of Decedents’ Estates, Trusts and Wills, The Ohio State University College of Law (l978 – l985, 1991 – 1993, 2012 – 2013)
  • President, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (2010-2011), Ohio State Chair (2000 – 2005), Regent Emerita (2011 - present)

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Presentations & Published Works

  • The Trustee’s Toolkit: Use of Releases in Achieving Finality, 24 Probate Law Journal of Ohio 181 (Jan/Feb 2014, Issue 3)
  • Ohio Supreme Court Imposes $6,387,990 Penalty for Unauthorized Practice of Law in Creating Living Trusts, 20 Ohio Prob. L.J. 176A (2010)
  • Overview of the OSBA Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Section, 19 Ohio Prob. L.J. 158 (2009)

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Bar Admissions & Activities

  • Admitted to practice before The Ohio Supreme Court, United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio and United States Tax Court
  • Member, Columbus Bar Association (Estate and Gift Tax and Probate Court Committees)
  • Member, Ohio State Bar Association (Executive Committee and Council, Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Section)

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Awards & Recognition

  • Listed, Ohio Super Lawyers 2004-2015; Various recognition including Top 10 Ohio Lawyers, Top 100 Ohio Lawyers, Top 50 Ohio Women Lawyers, Top 50 Columbus Lawyers, and Top 25 Columbus Women Lawyers
  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America (trusts & estates law, trusts & estates litigation) 1993-2015; Columbus Lawyer of the Year in Trusts & Estates (2014)and Litigation – Trusts & Estates (2012)
  • Ranked as AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell


  • The Ohio State University College of Law (J.D., summa cum laude, 1975); Member, Order of the Coif; Member, Board of Editors, Ohio State Law Journal
  • Ohio University (B.A., summa cum laude, 1972)