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John F. Furniss III

John F. Furniss III is a partner in Bricker & Eckler's Business, Tax and Estates group. John 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, including the Council for the Ohio State Bar Association's Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate Law Section. He also is active in leadership roles...

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Professional & Community Activities

  • Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
  • Member, Columbus Estate Planning Council
  • Member, Professional Advisors Committee, Columbus Foundation

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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)
  • Frequently speaks on topics addressing estate planning, charitable giving, exempt organizations, and estate and trust administration. Past presentations have been sponsored by organizations such as the Ohio State Bar Association, the Columbus Bar Association, and various estate planning councils and charitable foundations
  • Authors articles on estate planning topics in publications such as Business First and Probate Law Journal of Ohio

Bar Admissions & Activities

  • Admitted, State of Ohio; U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Northern Districts of Ohio; U.S. Tax Court
  • Council Member, Ohio State Bar Association Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate Law Section
  • Fellow, Ohio State Bar Foundation, Class of 2007

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Awards & Recognition

  • Listed, Ohio Super Lawyers 2014-2015
  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America (trusts and estates) 2013-2015
  • Rising Star, Ohio Super Lawyers, 2005 and 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



  • 4/23/2015

    Women in Networking's Spring Fling 2015

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  • 5/1/2015

    7th Annual Selecting Project Delivery Models and Bidding for Public Construction Projects in Ohio

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