David W. Burleigh

David W. Burleigh

Cincinnati, Ohio

David represents private business owners and their families in their business, family and personal affairs. David helps families and privately-held businesses beat the odds of successful transition from one generation to the next. He helps design and implement ownership and decision-making structures for families. He advises second-and later-generation family members about what they own. He helps families deal with the practical effects of legal structures. And he advises trustees and beneficiaries about their relationship.

Areas of Practice

  • Privately-Owned Businesses
  • Family Enterprise Ownership and Decision Making
  • Trustee - Beneficiary Relationship
  • Dispute Resolution – Business Transactions, Business Owners
  • Dispute Resolution – Multiple Family Households
  • Private Foundations and Charitable Trusts
  • Family Office Services (non-financial)

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, 1995
  • Kentucky, 1996
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit


  • University of Cincinnati College of Law, Cincinnati, Ohio
    • J.D. - 1995
  • University of Dallas, Dallas, Texas
    • M.A. - 1992
  • DePauw University Greencastle, IN
    • B.A. - 1990
    • Honors: Honor Scholar
  • St. Xavier High School - 1986

Published Works

  • Co-Author, Kentucky Practice, Volumes 6 & 7 (Civil Procedure) (6th ed.) (West Publishing, 2005)


  • Cincinnati Bar Association Advanced Estate Planning Institute
  • Keynote Speaker, Decision Making in Family Enterprises - When Good Enough is Excellent (Indiana, November 2016)
  • Panelist, Using Collaborative Law Principles to Resolve Family Ownership Disputes, Attorneys for Family Held Enterprises Conference (Miami, FL, April 2017)
  • Panelist, Interdisciplinary Professional Services for Serving Family Enterprises, Attorneys for Family Held Enterprises Conference (New York City, June 2015)
  • Panelist, Getting Foundation Investments Done: The Who, What and How, Association of Small Foundations National Conference (Denver, September 2008)
  • Participant, Communicating the Family Story, Family Office Forum (Chicago, June 2010)

Honors and Awards

  • Participant, Cincinnati Academy of Leadership for Lawyers, 2002
  • Peer-Rated “Leading Lawyer,” Cincy Business Magazine, 2004 - 2016
  • Peer-Rated “Ohio Super Lawyer – Rising Star,” Cincinnati Magazine, 2005

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Attorneys for Family Held Enterprises
  • Family Firm Institute
  • Vistage
  • Queen City Club
  • Mercantile Library
  • Philanthropy Roundtable
  • Cincinnati, Ohio State and Kentucky Bar Associations

Pro Bono Activities

  • Trustee, Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation, Cincinnati
  • Chair, Land Acquisition Committee, Village of Indian Hill Green Areas Advisory Committee
  • Membership Committee, Attorneys for Family Held Enterprises
  • Director, The Dominican Foundation (New York City)
  • Non-Trustee Committee Member, St. Xavier High School