David W. Woodburn

Trusts & Estates Practice Group Leader

  • Areas of Practice

    • Trusts & Estates
    • Real Estate & Construction

I am a trusts & estates and real estate attorney. I primarily represent business owners, real estate developers and professionals with respect to their personal estate planning and real estate matters.


For my estate planning clients, I assist in drafting documents designed to achieve one’s unique personal goals while reducing estate tax exposure and protecting assets for future generations.  I routinely assist individuals with trust and estate administration and work to preserve wealth for future generations using cutting-edge techniques and strategies. I create value for my clients by developing strategies and succession plans that take into account their personal values and asset protection needs.


For my real estate clients, I assist in structuring and negotiating both simple and complex commercial and residential purchase and lease arrangements. As needed, I counsel individuals on dealing with homeowners associations and disputes between neighbors. My estate planning experience and knowledge enables me to help my clients find proper vehicles to pass real estate and related businesses to their desired heirs.

David Woodburn

  • Experience
      • Member of the firm’s Executive Committee
      • Chairman of the Trusts & Estates Practice Group
      • Focuses his practice in all facets of trusts and estates: estate administration; estate planning; guardianships; probate litigation, including will and trust contests and actions for intentional interference with an inheritance; and related tax issues
      • Represents clients in residential and commercial sales transactions, commercial leases and construction disputes
      • Joined the firm in 1997
      • Prior to joining Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLC, was an associate at the law firm of Nicholas T. George & Associates, which merged with Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLC in 1997
  • Education & Admissions
      • The University of Akron School of Law, Akron, Ohio (J.D., 1996)
      • The University of Akron College of Business Administration, Akron, Ohio (M.B.A., 1996)
      • Miami University, Oxford, Ohio (B.S., 1993)
    • Admissions
      • Ohio Bar
      • Member: Akron Bar Association – Estate Planning, Probate & Elder Law Section
      • Past President: Akron Bar Association – Probate Law Section
      • Past Member: Akron Bar Association - Scholarship Committee
      • Member: American Bar Association - Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section
      • Past Member: American Bar Association - Young Lawyers Section; Sports & Entertainment Section
      • Member: Ohio State Bar Association - Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section
      • Past Member, Board of Governors: Young Lawyers Section of Ohio State Bar Association
  • Awards & Honors
      • Listed in Best Lawyers in America® (2007-2019)
      • Selected for inclusion in Ohio’s Super Lawyers® (2012-2018), as voted by his peers
      • Recipient: 40 under Forty Award by Crain’s Cleveland
      • Recipient: 2010 30 for the Future Award by the Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce
  • Professional & Civic Involvement
      • Trustee: First United Methodist Church of Akron
      • Trustee: Community Health Center Foundation
      • Trustee: Ohio Presbyterian Retirement Services Foundation
      • Member: Rockynol Local Board
      • Member: Miami University Alumni Recruitment Network
      • Emeritus Board Member: Habitat for Humanity of Summit County
      Past Affiliations
      • Member: Akron Bar Association Foundation, Fellows Class
      • President: Akron Tax & Estate Planning Council
      • President: Habitat for Humanity of Summit County
      • Trustee: Greenleaf Family Center
      • President: Rockynol Philanthropy Committee
      • Member: Hawken School Planned Giving Council
      • Graduate: Leadership Akron
  • Presentations & Publications
    • <strong>Presentations:</strong> <ul> <li>Co-Presentation at OSCPA Cleveland Accounting Show "MythBusters: Estate Planning Edition" (2018)</li> <li>Presentation at CMBA Probate Section “Modifying &amp; Decanting Irrevocable Trusts” (2017)</li> <li>AXA Advisors Presentation “Creating a Legacy” (2017)</li> <li>Presentation to Ohio Society of CPAs “All New Inheritance Controversies – What to do When the Cocktail Waitress Inherit Everything 2.0” (2016)</li> <li>Presentation at OSCPA “It’s Tax Time! Let’s Talk About Business Succession Planning” (2015)</li> <li>Presentation at Breakfast with Buckingham “The Ohio Legacy Trust Act – Ohio’s Asset Protection Trust Option” (2015)</li> <li>Presentation at Breakfast with Buckingham “Estate Planning For Your Aging Parents” (2015)</li> <li>Presentation at FirstMerit Trust “The Ohio Legacy Trust Act – Ohio’s Asset Protection Trust Option” (2014)</li> <li>In House Training for Cohen &amp; Company and Wells Fargo on the Ohio Legacy Trust Act (2013)</li> <li>Presentation at OSCPA “Ohio Legacy Trust Act” (October 2013)</li> <li>Presentation at University of Akron Tax Institute regarding Estate Planning for Oil and Gas Interests (September 2013)</li> <li>“The Specter of Undue Influence Against the Elderly,” Take A Stand: Consortium Against Adult Abuse (June 2010)</li> <li>Presentation to Cleveland Society of Financial Service Professionals “Inheritance Controversies: Will Contests, Trust Contests and Undue Influence” (January 2010)</li> <li>Presentation to The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors “Recent Developments in Estate Planning and Trust Law: Forecast for 2009 and Beyond” (November 2008)</li> <li>Presentation at The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors “What Ohio’s New Trust Code Means to You and Your Business: A Nuts and Bolts Primer” (October 2007)</li> <li>Presentation at 34th Annual Cleveland Estate Planning Institute “Real Estate Issues for the Estate Planner” (October 2007)</li> <li>Presentation to Akron Bar Probate Section “Will Contests: Start to Finish” (June 2007)</li> <li>Presentation to Huntington Bank “The Ohio Trust Code and Fiduciary Litigation” (February 2007)</li> <li>Presentation to Merrill Lynch “Creating a Legacy Today for Tomorrow” (February 2007)</li> <li>Presentation at St. Mary’s Church “College Tuition Planning and Debt Management” (April 2006)</li> <li>Presentation at Akron Area Board of Realtors' Commercial and Industrial Forum “Top 10 Ways to Make the Board of Realtors’ Contract Buyer Friendly,” and “Top 10 Pitfalls to Avoid in Commercial Leases” (May 2005)</li> <li>Presentation at Akron Area Agency on Aging “Intentional Interference with an Inheritance” (March 2005)</li> <li>Presentation at ABA, Probate Section “Avoiding Pitfalls with Real Estate in Trust &amp; Estate Administrations” (January 2003)</li> </ul> <strong>Publications:</strong> <ul> <li>"Fixing the unfixable: When irrevocable trusts have provisions that are no longer desirable", Crain's Cleveland Business (2017)</li> <li>"From Risk Management to Rising Stars - Successfully Managing Millennials in the Business World," Crain's Cleveland Business (2016)</li> <li>“Avoiding Common Property Ownership Issues,” Properties Magazine (2016)"Managing Millennials in the Real Estate World," Properties Magazine (2015)</li> <li>“Do Your Due Diligence,” Properties Magazine (2014)</li> <li>“Asset Protection Opportunity for Physicians,” MD News Magazine (2013)</li> <li>"Asset Protection for Developers/Builders," Properties Magazine (2013)</li> <li>Quoted, “Persons Can Act When Their “Quiet Enjoyment is Disrupted,” Cleveland.com (2013)</li> <li>Co-Author: “New Estate Planning Concerns in Light of Recent Tax Changes,” Aspatore Books (2013)</li> <li>“Attorney’s Fees – A Warning to Landlords,” Properties Magazine (2012)</li> <li>“LLC Users Beware?” Properties Magazine (2011)</li> <li>“Inheritance Controversies,” Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s 39th Charitable Tax Seminar  Beachwood, Ohio (2011)</li> <li>Quoted, "Planning for the future in uncertain times," "Where there's a will, there's a won't," and "It’s never too late to plan ahead," Cleveland Jewish News (2011)</li> <li>“Inheritance Controversies: Did Grandfather really intend to leave an inheritance to the cocktail waitress or is something fishy going on?,” Ohio Accountancy Show (2010)</li> <li>Quoted, “Its never too late to plan ahead,” Cleveland Jewish News (2010)</li> <li>Quoted, “Everyone needs these documents,” and “Leave road map for paying bills,” Akron Beacon Journal, (2010)</li> <li>Quoted, “You may not need living trust,” and “Where there’s a will...,” Akron Beacon Journal, (2010)</li> <li>“Subleasing 101,” Properties Magazine (2009)</li> <li>“Get It in Writing – A Primer on Real Estate Contracts,” Properties Magazine (2009)</li> <li>“Tenants In Common Agreements – The Pros &amp; Cons,” Properties Magazine (2009)</li> <li>“Buyer Beware – Justifiable Reliance in Commercial Contracts,” Properties Magazine (2008)</li> <li>“Buyer Beware – Changes in Ohio’s Foreclosure Law,” Properties Magazine (2008)</li> <li>“Working With Your Lawyer,” Properties Magazine (2008)</li> <li>“Representations &amp; Warranties: Be Careful What You Say,” Properties Magazine (2008)</li> <li>“Transfer on Death Deeds – Preparers Beware,” Properties Magazine (2008)</li> <li>“The Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act of 2007 – Boom or Bust,” Properties Magazine (2008)</li> <li>Contributing Author: "Trusts and Estates Litigation and Dispute Resolution (Inside the Minds™),” Aspatore Books (2008)</li> <li>Quoted,  “Inheritance Battles – How to Avoid Them,” CNN.com (2008)</li> <li>“Death of Toxic Mold Cases? An Overview of Recent Developments in Toxic Mold Real Estate Litigation,” Properties Magazine (2007)</li> <li>“Estate Planning 101 – Property Ownership Issues,” Properties Magazine (2007)</li> <li>“A Tax Break for Seniors – Changes to Ohio’s Homestead Exemption,” Properties Magazine (2007)</li> <li>“Contractors Beware – Clarification on Enforcement of “No Damage for Delay” Clauses,” Properties Magazine (2007)</li> <li>“To Arbitrate or Not to Arbitrate? – That is the Question,” Properties Magazine (2007)</li> <li>“Time for a Trust Check-Up – The Impact of Ohio’s New Trust Code,” MD News (2007)</li> <li>“The Ohio Trust Code and Its Impact On Trust Owned Real Estate,” Properties Magazine (2006)</li> <li>“Putting The Red Light on Red Light District Businesses?” Properties Magazine (2006)</li> <li>Contributing Author: “Pitfalls of Probate Avoidance,” National Underwriter (2006)</li> <li>“Neighbor Beware – A Primer on Adverse Possession,” Properties Magazine (April 2006)</li> <li>Editor for Properties Magazine.</li> <li>Former Associate Editor of the Akron Law Review</li> <li>Former contributing author to the Elder Law Handbook published by the Ohio State Bar Association</li> </ul>