John Ledyard Campbell

Admitted to Practice

  • State of Ohio (1977)
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio (1978)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit (1988)
  • Commonwealth of Kentucky (1999)


  • B.A., Colorado College (1970)
  • United States Marine Corps, Lieutenant (1970 to 1973)
  • J.D., University of Cincinnati (1977)


  • Certified by the Ohio State Bar Association as a Specialist in Estate Planning, Trusts and Probate Law - The Supreme Court of Kentucky requires us to advise that Kentucky does not certify specialties in legal fields.

John Ledyard Campbell

John Campbell is Of Counsel to the firm after having been a Partner from 1992 through 2022. Mr. Campbell continues to work primarily in estate planning and probate administration. He advises clients worldwide in matters relating to United States transfer taxes and the use of trusts, partnerships and limited liability companies to accomplish personal, financial and charitable objectives.

Mr. Campbell practiced international law in Auckland, New Zealand as a barrister and solicitor with Chapman Tripp Sheffield Young from 1989 to 1992.

John and his wife, Janet, enjoy spending time in Bend, Oregon with their son Nick, his wife and son, in Austin with their daughter Diana and her husband and with their son Jamie and his fiancé in Seattle.

Honors & Awards

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America published by Woodward/White
  • Recognized as one of Ohio’s Super Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Rated


John L. Campbell and Ann M. Seller have updated the guidebook "United States Estate and Gift Tax - An Overview for Foreigners Investing in the United States" for 2021.

Planning for the unexpected can be a daunting exercise which many of us put off in hope of avoiding the need to do so.  This article outlines three common scenarios which may be avoided by taking the suggested steps.