Michael A. Ogline
 Alliance, OH

Areas of Practice

Business and Corporate, Wills, Trusts and Estates


  • J.D. Case Western Reserve
  • B.A. Miami University
  • Certified Specialist (Ohio State Bar), Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Law
  • AV Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell
  • Ohio Superlawyers
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2015, 2018

Bar & Court Admissions

Professional Affiliations

  • Stark County Bar Association: (past) President, Chairman of Probate Practice & Certified Grievance Committees
  • Ohio State Bar Association: Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law Council member & Estate Planning Specialty Board member

Mr. Michael Ogline focuses his practice in the areas of estate planning, probate, business planning, business formation and succession planning. His practice includes the use of sophisticated planning techniques, drafting of tax sensitive documents, and representation of clients before the IRS.  He is certified as a specialist in Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Law by the Ohio State Bar Association.

Mr. Ogline is an active writer and speaker on issues concerning estate planning, probate, and the Ohio Trust Code.  His articles have been published in the Probate Law Journal of Ohio and Ohio Lawyer Magazine.  He is on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Probate Law Journal of Ohio.

Mr. Ogline is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel where he serves on the Transfer Tax Study Committee.  He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the category of Trusts and Estates and he is also listed in Ohio Super Lawyers.  He is AV® Preeminent™ Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

Active both professionally and in his community, Mr. Ogline has served as President of the Stark County Bar Association and as Chairman of its Probate Practice and Certified Grievance Committees.  He is also a member of the Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Council and of the Estate Planning Specialty Board of the Ohio State Bar Association.  Mr. Ogline helped to establish the Greater Alliance Foundation and served as one of its trustees.  He also served as President of the Stark County Board of Park Commissioners and as Law Director and Councilman-at-Large of the City of Alliance.

  • Estate Planning
  • Probate
  • Business Planning
  • Business Formation
  • Succession Planning
  • Exempt Organizations
  • Best Lawyers in America, Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law, and Trusts and Estates 2018
  • Author, “Attorney Fees in Estate Administration.” Probate Law Journal of Ohio, January/February 2014
  • Author, “Transferring Real Property Owned By A Non-Resident Decedent: Alternatives to Ancillary.”  Probate Law Journal of Ohio, March/April 2013
  • Author, “Watterson v. Burnard: Is Schofield Still Relevant?” Probate Law Journal of Ohio, May/June 2013
  • Co-author, “Valuation of Oil and Gas Interests.” Probate Law Journal of Ohio, July/Aug 2012
  • Author, “Black Gold: An Oil and Gas Primer for Estate Planners.”  Probate Law Journal of Ohio, September/October 2009
  • Author, “Update on Sowers v. Luginbill.” Probate Law Journal of Ohio, November/December 2008
  • Author, “Sowers v. Luginbill: A Chink in the Schofield Armor?” Probate Law Journal of Ohio, September/October 2008
  • Author, “Transferring Vacation Homes.” Ohio Lawyer, January/February 2008
  • Author, “Trusts for the Care of Animals: Estate Planning Goes to the Dogs.” Probate Law Journal of Ohio, September/October 2007
  • Co-author, “Lamar v. Washington and the Ongoing Tensions Concerning Creditors’ Rights Against Nonprobate Property.”  Probate Law Journal of Ohio, November/December 2006
  • Author, “Notice Provisions of the Ohio Uniform Trust Code.” Probate Law Journal of Ohio, May/June 2005
  • Presenter, “Black Gold: An Oil and Gas Primer for Estate Planners”, The Wayne-Holmes Estate Planning Council, November 2014