William Browning, CELA

William J. Browning – Founding Partner


William J. Browning is a partner of Browning & Meyer Co., LPA, in Columbus, Ohio.

  • Certified Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation since 1996
  • Focuses practice on elder law, probate, customized estate planning, including special needs trusts and plans and asset protection planning
  • Past President of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), former board member for the Arthritis Foundation of Central Ohio and the Central Ohio Area on Aging
  • Guest lecturer for The Ohio State University College of Law and the Capital University Law School.
  • Made presentations at several national conventions of NAELA, presented a program on Medicaid reform at the 1992 Joint Conference on Law and Aging in Washington, D.C., participated in a debate in 2002 at the LTC, Inc Conference in St. Louis, participated in presentations at the 2003 Conference on Law and Aging in Washington D.C. and numerous state level legal conferences throughout the US
  • Martindale-Hubbell Rating of AV, which indicates very high to pre-eminent legal ability and very high ethical standards as established by confidential opinions from members of the Bar.
  • Ohio Super Lawyer


  • Amicus Brief for US Supreme Court on behalf of Ohio State Bar Assoc. & NAELA for the Wisconsin Dept. of Health & Family Services v. Irene Blumer
  • Ohio Lawyer, Nov. 97; “Trusts and the Young Case, Planning for Disabled Beneficiaries”
  • NAELA Quarterly, Spring 95; “Medicaid Treatment of Retirement Plans Revisited”
  • Estate Planning Magazine, Nov. 92; “The Impact of Retirement Plans on Medicaid Eligibility”
  • Ohio Bar Briefs, Winter 2003, “Estate Planning for the Elderly-Consider Divorce?”
  • Quoted in publications including: USA Today, LA Times, AP articles, Columbus Monthly, Columbus CEO & Columbus Dispatch


  • Capital University Law School, Columbus, Ohio (J.D., 1983)
  • Capital University, Columbus, Ohio (BA, Political Science, 1979)


  • U.S. Supreme Court (2001)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit (1996)
  • U.S. Tax Court (1985)
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio (1984)
  • Ohio Bar (1983)
  • Supreme Court of Ohio (1983)
  • Member: Columbus & Ohio State Bar Association


  • Past-President: National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys 2003-2004
  • Former Chair, Ohio State Bar Association Disability Law Committee & Elder Law Committees
  • Fellow, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Neoacacia Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite & Aladdin Shrine


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