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Geoffrey S. Kunkler

Business Services, Business Transactions, Family Wealth & Estate Planning, Non-profit Services, Probate, Taxation


Geoffrey Kunkler joined Carlile Patchen & Murphy LLP in 2014 and has been a Partner since 2018. His practice is centered around estate planning for individuals and business owners, as well as asset protection planning for retirees. He focuses primarily on the areas of estate planning, elder protection, estate administration, charitable and philanthropic planning and special needs planning. He also has extensive experience in conducting educational seminars on legal topics related to his expertise.

Professional Accolades 


Geoff received his bachelor’s degree (B.A.) and master’s degree (M.A.) from Case Western Reserve University and his law degree (J.D.) from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. Geoff also earned his Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy™ designation from The American College in 2016.

Professional Associations & Memberships

Geoff is active in several organizations within his profession including the Columbus Bar Association (CBA), where he is the former Chair of the Estate Planning Committee and is a member of the Probate Law Committee. Geoff is a member of the planning committee for the Probate Law Institute hosted annually by the Columbus Bar Association. He is also a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, the Columbus Foundation Professional Advisors, the Delaware County Foundation Professional Advisors Group, the Catholic Foundation Professional Advisors Group, The Ohio State University Office of Gift Planning Professional Advisors Group, The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine Philanthropic Engagement Council and was previously a founding board member of the Central Ohio Chapter of the National Aging in Place Council.

Professional Recognition

Geoff was named a “Top Lawyer” by Columbus CEO magazine in 2016, 2018-Present. He was named Top Attorneys Rising Stars for 2020 and 2021 by Columbus Monthly. Geoff has been rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell® since 2017. He has also been listed as one of Ohio Super Lawyers magazine’s “Rising Stars” since 2018, and was listed in Columbus Business First magazine’s Class of 2020 ‘Forty Under 40.’


  • Fiduciary Appointments and Duties in Probate Proceedings (OH)” Lexis Nexis, Practical Guidance (December 2020) 
  • Living Wills and Health Care Powers of Attorney (OH)” Lexis Nexis, Practical Guidance (December 2020) 
  • Purposes and Uses of a Will (OH)” Lexis Nexis, Practical Guidance (December 2020)
  • “Preparing for the New Frontier in Trusts & Estates: Blockchain and Cryptocurrency, Incorporating Cryptocurrencies into Estate Planning” Probate Law Journal of Ohio (September/October 2018)
  • “Considerations in Planning for and Administering Digital Assets” Probate Law Journal of Ohio (July/August 2016)
  • “Saving for Beneficiaries is Easier with ABLE” Probate Law Journal of Ohio (September/October 2015)

Community Involvement

Geoff is involved with the Delaware County Foundation, where he is Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors, Chair of the Governance Committee and a member of the Executive and Development Committees. He is also involved in the special needs community. In addition to volunteering at state-level competitions, he is the current Chair of the Board of Directors for Special Olympics Ohio. Geoff was previously the inaugural Chair of the Development Committee. He supports The Ohio State University and is a member of the Buckeye Club and the Neil Legacy Society. Additionally, Geoff is a founding member and the current and inaugural Treasurer for the Central Ohio Business and Wealth Planning Council.

Personal Interests

Geoff was born in Wooster, Ohio, where his family still resides. In his free time, Geoff enjoys eating out and vacationing with his wife, Lauren, and playing with his dogs, Teddy and Mowgli. Geoff and Lauren are new parents, welcoming a daughter, Nora, in 2019. As a former personal trainer, Geoff is a bit of a fitness nut and enjoys a variety of physical activities and workouts.

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