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Bill Lane connects people to solutions.  Business executives, higher education leaders, and non-profit professionals consider Bill their friend, as well as their counselor. Often turning to Bill when they have a need, Bill’s clients rely on him for advice, connections, introductions, and, most importantly, answers. Bill helps clients connect with resources on a variety of legal matters, including complex trusts and estates, real estate, and administrative law.  No matter what the situation entails, Bill is conscientious and understands the value of relationships. 

Memberships & Awards

Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review AV Preeminent, Highest Possible Rating in Both Legal Ability and Ethical Standards
Named to list of Top Lawyers in Columbus CEO Magazine 2010, 2013-2018
The Best Lawyers of America®, Trusts and Estates (2013-Present)
Admitted, Supreme Court of the United States
Admitted, United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
Ohio State Bar Association (Agricultural Law, Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law and Real Property Law Sections)
American Bar Association (Real Property, Probate and Trust Law, Business Law and Taxation Sections)
Columbus Bar Association (Probate Committee, Real Estate Law Committee, Estate and Gift Tax Section, Taxation Committee)
Fellow, Columbus Bar Foundation and Ohio State Bar Foundation
Member, Professional Advisory Committee, Columbus, Delaware County Foundation and Nationwide Children's Hospital
Columbus Estate Planning Council
Distinguished Service Awards from Childhood League, United Way of Delaware County, American Cancer Society, and Delaware County Foundation
Ambassador for Justice, Greater Columbus Community Helping Hands

Key Experience

Business planning for higher educational institutions, churches and other non-profit organizations, including governance, investment and finance, audit and risk management, advancement and planned giving, and real property matters
Represented buyers and sellers of commercial, industrial, agricultural, and residential real estate, lenders, architects, real estate developers, civic associations, and construction and agricultural businesses in real estate matters, including preparation, reviewing, and negotiating terms of deeds, exchanges, leases, easements, restrictive covenants, encroachments, adverse possession, loan documentation, and workouts
Member of Ad Hoc Committees to establish the Community Foundation of Fairfield County and the Community Foundation of Delaware County

Work Experience

2010 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
2008-2010 Carpenter Lane, LLC
1970-1976 Special Counsel, Superintendent of Insurance of Ohio
1961-1966 Solicitor, Village of Canal Winchester
1960-2008 Lane Alton Horst, LLC

Speaking Engagements

Lecturer-numerous topics, including Director's Liability, Community Organizations, Charitable