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Thomas J. Riley focuses his practice on business and corporate law as well as wealth transfer planning. He counsels small to midsize closely held manufacturing and distribution enterprises and professional practices on matters including tax planning, contract negotiations, and mergers and acquisitions. T.J. has experience handling multi-employee union plans, master and prototype plans for sponsoring organizations, and Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs). He also advises owners on succession-planning strategies.

In addition, T.J. focuses on all aspects of wealth transfer planning, both within the personal context as well as the family enterprises context. His work includes preparation of living wills, powers of attorney, wills and trust agreements, probate avoidance planning, and charitable gifting techniques.

Contact & Links
  • 65 East State Street, Suite 1400
    Columbus, OH 43215
  • New York University, LL,M. Taxation, graduated 1970
  • The Ohio State University, J.D., graduated 1969
  • The Ohio State University, B.A., graduated 1966
Bar Admissions
  • Ohio, 1969
  • Columbus Bar Association - Member
  • Ohio State Bar Association - Member
  • Upper Arlington Board of Zoning and Planning - Chairman
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1971
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Ohio, 1973

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2019 - Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:
  • Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships), Columbus, OH (2019)
Recognized in The Best Lawyers® in America 2023 for work in:
  • Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Business Organizations, (including LLCs and Partnerships), 2012-22; Columbus Lawyer of the Year, Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships), 2019
  • “Top Lawyers,” Columbus CEO, 2010
  • AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell
Additional Areas of Practice:
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Tax Law

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