Lobbying Affiliate: MML&K Government Solutions
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Ivan J. Schell

Co-Managing Member, Louisville Office

Honors & Awards

  • 2020-2022 AV Preeminent™ Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Kentucky Super Lawyer®
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, (Employee Benefits ERISA) 1987-2024


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


Ivan Schell is in the business of people, not transactions. With decades of experience in his estate planning and administration practice, he knows that his clients are looking for an attorney who can help them create and pass on a lasting legacy that expresses their ideals for their communities and their affection for loved ones. Ivan’s job first and foremost is to guide his clients through that process and assist them in achieving their legitimate goals with compassion and professionalism.

Ivan understands that these types of legal matters naturally come with high emotional stakes and that potential consequences can be devastating on a personal level. That’s why he prioritizes caring for his clients, in addition to working for them – he assists with more than just wills and trusts. To every matter, he brings dedicated professionalism, a top shelf legal network, and an empathetic yet realistic approach to planning and problem-solving. He has a passion for providing excellent service and working with the rest of the McBrayer estate planning team to find the most favorable outcome for his clients.

Throughout his years of practice, he has learned not only what to expect in the realm of estate planning law, but also how the practice area evolves. At the beginning of his career, Ivan spent two years in the U.S. Army before beginning his practice on LaSalle Street in Chicago. From there, he moved his practice to Louisville, first with Greenebaum Doll & McDonald, and then with Ewen McKenzie & Peden, followed by Hirn Reed & Harper. He co-founded Reed Weitkamp Schell & Vice in 1996 before joining McBrayer in 2019.

In addition to estate planning and administration, his 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.

Beyond his extensive legal experience, Ivan has served for many years on the Buckhorn Children and Family Services Board, helping to provide a sanctuary of health, healing, and hope to at-risk children, youth, and families in eastern Kentucky. With residential campuses in Buckhorn and Pine Ridge, Buckhorn offers secure, compassionate, and therapeutic communities. An avid hunter and outdoorsman, he is also a member of the Kentuckiana chapter of the Safari Club international.

Kentucky Leader

Professional Activities

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

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Seminars & Speaking Engagements


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