Lobbying Affiliate: MML&K Government Solutions
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Honors & Awards

  • AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Kentucky Super Lawyer®
  • The Best Lawyers in America (Employee Benefits ERISA)


Illinois, 1974

Kentucky, 1976

Federal District Court in the 6th and 8th Circuits

U.S. Tax Court


Butler University, 1968

Michigan Law School, J.D., 1974


I spend my practice focusing on what I believe is my clients’ biggest concern: how to create and pass on a legacy. My job is to assist them with achieving their ultimate goals, supporting and guiding them to craft what is often a profound expression of their ideals for their community and their affection for loved ones. It is a riddle that I can’t help but enjoy solving.

Essentially, my practice is about family. Many of my clients involve families and family-owned businesses, so the emotional stakes can be high and the potential consequences devastating on a personal level. I understand the weight of these matters, and I take every opportunity to ensure that my clients aren’t just worked for, but cared for. I am in the business of people, not transactions, and I want every single client to feel that they have received real value in the services that I and my colleagues provide.

In addition to estate planning and administration, my multifaceted practice includes private foundation and public charity formation and planning; physician practice consultation and healthcare law; employee benefits law; and closely-held corporation planning transitions.


I spent two years in the U.S. Army, then I started my practice on LaSalle Street in Chicago where I remained for two years. I began my Louisville practice at Greenebaum Doll & McDonald, moving to Ewen McKenzie & Peden and then to Hirn Reed & Harper locally. In 1996, I co-founded Reed Weitkamp Schell & Vice. 

Kentucky Leader

Community/Civic Leadership

I have been a Board member of Buckhorn Children and Family Services in Buckhorn, Kentucky for over 25 years. Our mission at Buckhorn is to provide a sanctuary of health, healing, and hope for at-risk children, youth, and families. With residential campuses in Buckhorn and Pine Ridge, Buckhorn offers secure, compassionate, and therapeutic communities. 

Professional Activities

  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Illinois Bar Association
  • Louisville Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
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