Michael R. Becker


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Practice Areas
Family Business
Estate Planning

Mr. Becker has over 45 years of experience representing closely-held businesses, many of which are second and third generation family businesses. He has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America from 1989 to the present; he has been awarded an AV rating in Martindale; and has been listed in Ohio Super Lawyers. Mr. Becker is knowledgeable about corporate and individual income taxation and estate taxation and has represented both corporations and individuals before the Internal Revenue Service.

He is also knowledgeable with respect to public and private financing for businesses, M&A transactions (taxable and tax-free). He has extensive experience in creative succession planning, compensation planning, corporate governance, and general business planning and estate planning.


Admitted to Practice
Ohio 1976
North Carolina 1971
U.S. Tax Court 1972
U.S. District Court (S.D. and N.D. of Ohio)


Professional Associations

American Bar Association: Tax Section –Corporate Tax Committee; Closely Held Businesses Committee; Real Property and Probate Section

Ohio State Bar Association

Columbus Bar Association – Tax Committee, Past Chairman 1986; Investment Advisory Committee 1996-present (Chairman 1997-2004); Ethics Committee 1995-1998

Columbus Tax Conference Planning Committee,Chairman 1987

Columbus Bar Foundation Board of Trustees,Chairman of the Finance Committee 1996-1999; Vice-President 1998-1999; President 1999-2000; Investment Advisory Committee 2001-present

Attorneys for Family Held Enterprises, Member

Fellow of American Bar Association Foundation

IRS Regional Counsel Bar Advisory Group (1988-1991)


Community Leadership

Better Business Bureau of Central Ohio, Board of Trustees 2002-present; Executive Committee 2006-present; Chairman of the Board of Directors (2010-2012)

Crime Stoppers, Board of Trustees 1980-2010

Children’s Hospital Development Board, Lifetime Member

Hannah Neil Center for Children, Board of Trustees Secretary 1996; Vice-President 1997; Finance Committee Chairman 1992-1995; Emeritus Board 2000-present

Highlights For Children Foundation, Trustee 1990-1995

The Athletic Club of Columbus, Finance Committee 1997-2004; House Committee (2005-present)

Columbus Kiwanis Foundation, Trustee 1998-2010; Treasurer 1999-2001; Vice-Chairman 2001-2010

Brookside Golf and Country Club, Board of Trustees 2001-2004; Employee Profit Sharing Plan Committee 1999-2006

Making Connections Foundation, Board of Trustees 2003-2005


Public Speaking

Frequent speaker on tax, ethics and family business related topics



Martindale-Hubbell Highest Rating

The Best Lawyers in America, 1989-present



B.S., Ohio University, 1968 with honors

J.D., University of North Carolina Law School, 1971 with honors, North Carolina Law Review 1970-1971

Michael Becker