Adam Centner works with individuals, families, closely held businesses, and charitable organizations on estate planning, tax, real estate, and nonprofit matters.
Adam counsels individuals and families on matters relating to estate planning and wealth transfer, asset protection, income and estate tax planning, probate avoidance, and business succession. His clients primarily include physicians, dentists, business owners and executives, and other professionals. He also works on sophisticated residential real estate matters, including entity formation and lease preparation.
Adam assists nonprofit organizations in formation, tax-exemption, and administrative matters. He has formed and successfully obtained tax exemption for a variety of public charities and private foundations. He also assists charitable organizations with the release or modification of gift restrictions, allowing the organization to benefit from otherwise unavailable funds, as well as the negotiation and preparation of gift agreements on behalf of donors and donees.
Adam prides himself on being responsive and developing practical, individualized strategies for each and every client. He understands that complex dynamics are often at play in estate planning, business, and nonprofit matters and he has significant experience guiding clients through the process.
In addition to estate planning and nonprofit matters, Adam also advises clients on related transactional matters, including the creation and administration of for-profit entities, real estate purchases, intra-family loans, and general corporate and contract matters.
Adam currently serves as the chairperson for the KMK Service Committee.
Prior to joining KMK, Adam practiced in the Corporate Department at Dinsmore & Shohl LLP.
Adam lives in Cincinnati with his wife and their three young children.
What Clients Say
I can’t say enough wonderful things about him. He is wise, humble, thoughtful, truly cares about our mission, and is spectacular to work with! Adam coached us through the merger and follow-up items with confidence and made it easy for our Board and team to trust we were in the absolute best hands possible. – Michelle Guenther, CEO, Queen City Book Bank
I have worked with Adam both as a client and as an allied professional. His response time, attention to detail, and thoroughness are all top notch. When I refer a client to Adam, I know he will treat them the way I would treat them, and I have every confidence that my clients will be pleased with their experience. I always look forward to my next opportunity to interact or work with Adam.
Professional and Community Involvement
Cincinnati Bar Association
Ohio State Bar Association
Cincinnati Estate Planning Council – Board Member
Cincinnati Academy of Leadership for Lawyers – Class 23
Evans Scholars Program Cincinnati Leadership Council – Member
KMK Law Service Committee, Chair
Pro Bono Partnership of Ohio – Attorney Volunteer
Volunteer Lawyers Project – Attorney Volunteer
Wills for First Responders – Attorney Volunteer
Leadership Council on Legal Diversity – Mentor
Awards & Recognition
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch, 2021-2024
Queen City Book Bank Exceptional Community Partner Award, 2023
News & Resources
- Estate Planning Update: Recent IRS Ruling Offers a Stark Reminder of the Benefits of Proper Estate Planning for Retirement Accounts
- Back to the Basics: Understanding the Difference Between an Ohio Health Care Power of Attorney and an Ohio Living Will
- Volume 5 | Issue 1
- Cincinnati Business Courier,
- Cincinnati Business Courier,
- Pro Bono Brief,
What was your first job?
When I was 12, I delivered the weekly Suburban Press newspaper around my neighborhood. The papers would always arrive on Wednesday morning in a big stack and I thought I was the king of the world – the gatekeeper of all of the local goings-on. I meticulously rolled the papers, threw them into a shoulder bag that was bigger than I was, and then marched through the neighborhood like Paul Revere. High school sports derailed my newspaper delivery career but I really think that may have kick-started my interest in journalism, which I majored in in college.
How do you spend quality time with your family?
My wife and I have three kids – 6, 3, and 8 months – so our family time is usually spent doing fun things together, like visiting the Zoo, King’s Island, or Summit Park in Blue Ash, or playing in our yard. We love to be outside, but I’ve also seen my fair share of Frozen, Moana, Encanto, and Mulan over the last few years.
What is your favorite vacation spot? Why?
The mountains out west. When I was a kid, my dad owned his own woodworking business and could set his own schedule, so my family and I would take three-week vacations to Rocky Mountain National Park, Yellowstone, Glacier, Grand Tetons, and Banff. There is no more beautiful place on earth than the mountains, in my opinion – the air is fresh, the scenery is unreal, and you never want for things to do outdoors. And if you look to the left you can see a moose, look to the right there’s a bear – it’s just incredible.
J.D., Case Western Reserve University School of Law, cum laude, 2012
B.A., Miami University, 2008