Alan Acker joined Carlile Patchen & Murphy LLP in August 2011. He practices Family Wealth & Estate Planning, emphasizing estate and gift taxation, income taxation of trusts and estates, charitable giving, and probate law.

Alan brings a great deal of experience to the team of estate planning attorneys at CPM. He is a former Franklin County Ohio Probate Court Judge. Alan has practiced law in Norfolk, Virginia, Chicago, Illinois, and Columbus, with a primary focus on estate planning matters. Alan is the creator of the E&E Trust and Will Drafting System, a web-based system to assist Ohio attorneys in drafting trusts, wills, and financial powers of attorney.

Professional Accolades 


Alan received his Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from the University of Illinois in 1974 and his law degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1977.

Professional Associations & Memberships

Alan is a respected member of the Illinois State Bar Association. He has provided years of services to the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Section Council and formerly sat as Chair of the OSBA Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Specialty Board. Alan is also a former member of the Columbus Bar Association.

Professional Recognition

Alan was selected to the Super Lawyers list by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine (2004-2010, 2013-2023) and named a “Top 100 Attorney” in the country by Robb Report Worth Magazine, Dec. 2005. He has also been recognized by US News “Best Lawyers” in America and is a life member of National Registry “Who’s Who,” 2001 Edition. Alan has received the Martindale-Hubbell® rating AV Preeminent®.

Publications and Speaking Engagements

Alan has authored numerous books, portfolios, and articles, including four Bloomberg BNA tax portfolios and a Bloomberg BNA accounting portfolio. A recent example of his work can be seen in a co-authored article titled “The Income Taxation of Trusts and Estates,” published by Carolina Academic Press, a successful academic publishing company focused primarily on the legal industry. He has been published outside of the legal industry, with a book on theology and religion, “Thirteen Truths about God and Life: Deeper Understanding Through Deeper Thought,” published by Brighton Publishing. Additionally, Alan has a blog, The Examined Life, which discusses religious, philosophical, and political issues.

Alan is a frequent lecturer for Ohio Continuing Legal Education and other professional groups. He is also a former adjunct professor at Capital University Law School, teaching classes on Federal Income Taxation of Trusts and Estates and drafting Estate Planning Documents.

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