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Christopher S. Vonau



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Chris joined the firm in 2008 as a law clerk. He is now a partner of the Firm. He received his undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University and his law degree from Capital University Law School. He is the son of one of the founding partners, Jim Vonau.

Chris’ practice areas include estate planning and probate matters; business formation, operation, transactions, and other matters; and residential, commercial, and investment real estate matters; guardianships; construction-related disputes.

Like his father, Chris is a member of both the Ohio State and Columbus Bar Associations. He is a past member of Gahanna Community Improvement Corporation (CIC) and is a current member of the Family and Youth Law Center (FYLaw) at Capital University, Volunteer Guardianship Program, the Catholic Foundation Professional Advisors Group (PAG), Columbus Foundation Professional Council, and The Ohio State University Office of Estate and Gift Planning Professional Advisory Council.

Chris also chairs the Columbus Bar Association’s Estate Planning and Trust Committee. He currently serves on the Columbus Bar Association’s Board of Governors and is in line to become the acting President of the Columbus Bar Association.

Chris co-authored “Ohio Mechanics’ Lien”, a book published for fellow practitioners and contractors as a guide through the various topics of Ohio mechanics’ lien law.

As an avid supporter and alumnus of Saint Charles Preparatory High School in Bexley, Ohio, Chris is the current varsity head soccer coach at St. Charles. He enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife, Brittany, and his four children, Jackson, Barrett, Reese, and Callan.

Areas of Practice


Contract Drafting, Editing and Review; Construction Project Dispute Resolution; Consumer Sales Practices Act and Home Solicitation Sales Act Claims; Mechanics’ Liens Issues; Arbitration/Arbitrator; Mediation/Mediator; Construction Litigation; Construction Collection

Estate Planning, Trusts and Probate:

Wills; Trusts; Estates; Guardianships and Conservatorship; Adoptions; Name Changes; Probate Litigation; Minors’ and Wrongful Death Settlements; Estate Tax Avoidance Planning; Planning to Avoid Probate; Financial Powers of Attorney; Living Wills and Health Care Powers of Attorney; Planning for Disabled Family Member; Elder Law Planning; Medicaid Planning

Corporate and General Business Formation, Planning and Representation:

Entity Formation – Corporations/LLCs/Partnerships; Shareholder/Owner Management Agreements; Employment Contracts; Covenants Not to Compete; Succession Planning; Transactional Representation; Sales, Purchases, Conversions and Mergers; Ownership Succession Planning

Real Estate; Landlord/Tenant:

Acquisition and Sales of Commercial and Residential Property; Commercial and Residential Leases; Landlord/Tenant Issues, including Evictions; Zoning; Real Estate Tax AppealsBusiness and General Civil Litigation