Kevin R. Ghassomian


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Kevin R. Ghassomian
Kevin R. Ghassomian

Kevin Ghassomian is a Principal in the firm’s Tax, Estate Planning and Administration and Private Clients groups. 

Mr. Ghassomian focuses his practice on the personal legal needs of business owners, corporate executives, high-net-worth individuals, and their families. His representation covers all aspects of domestic and international estate planning with an emphasis on tax minimization, asset protection, business succession, and philanthropy. Mr. Ghassomian also counsels individual and corporate fiduciaries on the administration of trusts and estates, including the preparation of gift and estate tax returns and defense of positions taken on those returns.

Before joining the firm, Mr. Ghassomian worked in the New York City headquarters of a global investment company where he counseled a multinational client base on complex wealth management matters including foreign and domestic trust planning and related asset allocation strategies. Mr. Ghassomian leverages this background to collaborate with tax, investment, and insurance advisors, ensuring that their work is effectively integrated into the planning process. In addition to his law practice, Mr. Ghassomian is a frequent speaker, published author, and an adjunct professor of law, concentrating his scholarship on estate planning, taxation, and various wealth management topics.  He also devotes time to numerous civic and charitable causes, maintaining leadership positions on several nonprofit boards.

Mr. Ghassomian received a J.D. from the Vanderbilt University Law School, an LL.M. in Taxation from the University of Miami School of Law, and a B.A. with high honors from the University of Kentucky. He is admitted to practice law in New York, California, Nevada, Kentucky, and Ohio, where he has been repeatedly recognized as one of the top practitioners in his field.

  • Recipient of the James Keane Award for Leadership and Excellence in eLawyering, American Bar Association - Law Practice Management Section, 2012
  • Recipient of the "Leading Lawyer Award in Estate Planning" in Cincy Business Magazine, 2007-2009
  • Recipient of the "Rising Legal Star Award" in Cincinnati Magazine, 2005-2009
  • Recipient of the "Gentlemen of Style & Substance Award" in Cincinnati Gentlemen Magazine, Saks Fifth Avenue & Cincinnati Parks Foundation, 2007
  • Recognized in Law & Politics Magazine, "Ohio’s Top Young Lawyers, Special Feature," 2006
  • Recipient of the "Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award" in Cincinnati Paralegal Association, 2005
  • Recipient of the "Arts Volunteer of the Year" award in Inspire Cincinnati Magazine, 2005
  • Recognized on the Cincinnati Business Courier, "Forty Under 40" List, 2004
  • Recognized by The Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, "Honorary Colonel," 2004
  • Phi Beta Kappa Society, University of Kentucky, 1995
  • Recipient of the Vandenbosch Award for Outstanding Graduating Senior, 1995
    University of Kentucky

Author, Asset Protection Planning with Trusts in New York State
Inside the Minds: Strategies for Trusts & Estates in New York, Aspatore Books (Thomson Reuters), 2015 Ed.

Author, Eliminate State Tax on Trust Income: A Comprehensive Update on Planning with Incomplete Gift Non-Grantor Trusts
ACTEC Law Journal, Winter 2013

Author, Now That the Election Is Over, How Do You Plan for 2013’s New Tax on Investment Income?
Bloomberg BNA Daily Tax Report, December 3, 2012

Lecturer, Comparative Case Studies: GRATs versus Installment Sales to IDGTs
Tiger 21 (New York City), Fall 2011

Co-Author, Administration of Principal and Income for Commonwealth: A Survey of the Kentucky Principal and Income Act
Northern Kentucky Law Review, Fall 2007

Lecturer, Coordinating Business Planning with Estate Planning: An Integrated Approach to Succession Planning for Owners of Closely Held Businesses
Von Lehman & Company, Inc., May 2007

Lecturer, All Star Views on Estate Planning: Key Practical Strategies to Maximize Wealth and Minimize Heartache
Lorman Educational Services, September 2006

Co-Author, Use Disclaimers to Add Flexibility and Hindsight to Estate Plans
Practical Tax Strategies, June 2005

Lecturer, Fundamentals of Estate Planning for Physicians
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, May 2005

Lecturer, Estate Planning for Owners of Closely Held Business Interests
Lorman Education Services, September 2003

Author, Final IRS Regulations Revise the Definition of “Income” for Trusts and Estates
Greenebaum Doll & McDonald PLLC Law Letter, Summer 2004

Lecturer, Understanding Legal and Tax Requirements for Nonprofit Organizations in Ohio
Cincinnati Neighborhood Summit, Xavier University, January 2003 & 2004

Author, IRS Releases New Gift Tax Return
Greenebaum Doll & McDonald PLLC Law Letter, Winter 2003

Author, Family Limited Partnerships Withstand IRS Attack
Greenebaum Doll & McDonald PLLC Law Letter, Fall 2003

Author, Update on the Current Treatment of Participant Loans When the Participant is Bankrupt
Journal of Pension Benefits, Spring 2002

French Heritage Society, New York, NY
        Planned Giving Council, 2016 - present 
The Bacchanalian Society, Inc., Cincinnati, OH
        Board of Directors, 2002 - present 

Agenda 360
, Cincinnati, OH
        Advisory Council Chair, 2007 - 2009; Advisory Council, 2012 - 2014

Cincinnati USA Chamber, Cincinnati, OH
        Board of Directors, 2006 - 2009; Executive Council, 2009

Vision 2015, Covington, KY
        Regional Stewardship Council, 2009

Cincinnati Arts Association, Cincinnati, OH
        Board of Directors, 2008 - 2009

Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH
        Shareholder, 2005 - present

University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Cincinnati, OH
        Board of Trustees, 2006 - 2007

The Carnegie Visual & Performing Arts Center, Covington, KY
        Board of Trustees, 2004 - 2009; Vice President, 2007 - 2009

Invest in Neighborhoods, Inc., Cincinnati, OH
        Board of Trustees, 2004 - 2006

The Corporation for Findlay Market, Cincinnati, OH
        Board of Trustees, 2003 - 2008; Endowment Committee, 2005 - 2008

Wills for Heroes, Cincinnati, OH
        Founder and Supervising Attorney, 2002 - 2009

Children's Home of Northern Kentucky, Covington, KY
        Board of Trustees, 2002 - 2008

The University Club of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
        Board of Trustees, 2002 - 2006