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Rick joined the law firm of Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co., L.P.A. in 1998. His focus is primarily in estate planning, elder law and special needs trusts.

Rick is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, an Emeritus in Elder Law (National Elder Law Foundation), and a member of the Special Needs Alliance and the Council of Advanced Practitioners (National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys).


  • College of Wooster, B.A., 1972
  • The University of Southern California, M.A, 1973
  • The University of Southern California, J.D., 1976

Professional Experience

  • Frequent speaker at continuing education programs throughout the country, and has spoken at many of the country’s premier estate planning and elder law conferences on elder law and special needs trusts; including those of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, the American Bar Association, the American Bankers Association, the Uniform Law Commission, the University of Miami’s Heckerling Estate Planning Institute, New York Law School, University of Missouri’s Fratcher Estate Planning Institute, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Stetson University Special Needs Trusts Conference and many others
  • Articles on elder law have appeared in various national publications, including Estate Planning, Trusts & Estates, Probate and Property, and the NAELA Journal

Courts and Bar Associations

  • Licensed to Practice Law in the State of Ohio
  • Licensed to Practice Law in the State of Florida
  • Member: United States Tax Court
  • American Bar Association, served as a vice-chair in the Trusts & Estates Division, and as co-chair of the Long-Term Care, Medicaid, and Special Needs Trust Committee
  • Member: Ohio State Bar Association: Estate Planning Probate & Trust Law Council
  • Member: Florida Bar Association
  • Member: Stark County Bar Association
  • Member: Akron Bar Association

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • Member: Special Needs Alliance
  • Member Editorial Board: The Probate Law Journal of Ohio
  • Member of the advisory board: Wealth Transfer Planning

Honors and Awards

  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America® since 2001
  • Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
  • Named “Lawyer of the Year” for Trusts and Estates in the Akron area, 2012, 2016
  • Listed in Ohio Super Lawyers®
  • Listed in Who’s Who in American Law
  • AV® rating in Martindale Hubbell
  • Recipient of the “Excellence in Writing Award” by the American Bar Association
  • Elected to the Council of Advanced Practitioners (CAP) of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys

Notable Presentations and Publications

  • “What Estate Planners Need to Know about Special Needs Trusts; Ohio Uniform Power of Attorney Act”
  • “Tips Every Estate Planner Needs to Know About Special Needs Trusts”
  • “Ohio Statutory Power of Attorney — Uniform Act”
  • “Modification of Trusts under the Ohio Trust Code”
  • “Skills Training for Estate Planners–SNTs, POAs and Guardianships”
  • “Medicaid Hot Topics for Estate Planners”
  • “Ohio Trust Code”
  • “Medicare Modernization Act of 2005”
  • “Special Needs Trusts and the UTC”
  • “Ohio Trust Code Revisited”
  • “Drafting Special Needs Trusts: Planning for the Future”
  • “Trust Reformations”
  • “The Ohio Uniform Trust Code”
  • “Special Needs Trusts”
  • “Medicare Modernization Act of 2003”
  • “Creditors’ Rights, Spendthrift Trusts, and Special Needs Trusts”
  • “New Uniform Acts Affecting Elder Law”
  • “Total Return Trusts”
  • “Medicaid: Long Term Care Benefits”
  • “Medicaid: Applications and New Rules”
  • “Medicaid: Planning for Long Term Care Using Public Benefits”
  • “Conservation Easements Under Ohio and Federal Law”
  • “Valuation Case Update”
  • “Advanced Estate Planning Techniques”
  • “Family Limited Partnerships: Practical Responses to Recent IRS Attacks”

Articles Published by Richard E. Davis, CELA, Emeritus

Ohio State Bar Association Certifies Attorney Richard E. Davis as Elder Law Specialist

September 2014 – The Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) announced that Richard E. Davis is one of 19 attorneys in Ohio that have been certified as legal specialists in elder law. The Supreme Court Commission on Certification of Attorneys as Specialists accredited the OSBA to certify attorneys as specialists in […]

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Ohio Changes Law Governing Financial Powers of Attorney

Click on the link below for this article. Ohio Changes Law Governing Financial Powers of Attorney  

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Richard E. Davis Wins 2010 Excellence In Writing Award

Director Richard E. Davis, member of the Special Needs Alliance, has won a 2010 Excellence in Writing award from the American Bar Association (ABA). Mr. Davis and KWGD attorney Jennifer Lile are both members of the Special Needs Alliance. More information can be found at Special Needs Alliance website at:

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