Meet David Brannon

David Brannon is a partner at the law firm of Brannon & Associates, in Dayton.  He was born and raised in Montgomery County, Ohio, where he resides and works.  David graduated from Miami University in Oxford and then received his law degree from the University of Dayton School of law in 2005.  David graduated with degrees in public administration and political science, while earning high marks, and volunteering in the community.

David quickly limited his legal practice to probate law, advocating for clients and helping them navigate the legal system when faced with the greatest challenges life can throw at one. David understands what families need when seeking guidance, including compassion for people and speedy results from the court. David has handled hundreds of probate cases including guardianships, estates, will contests, mental health and numerous other probate matters.

David is an Ohio State Bar Association certified specialist in probate law. To receive this special certification, he spent thousands of hours practicing only on probate matters, was recommended by attorneys and judges as having the skills and ethics to be a probate specialist, continues yearly continuing education in probate law and passed an additional exam in estate planning, trust and probate law. David is the only candidate recognized as an specialist in probate law. David shares his expertise with other practitioners in countless lectures and seminars, providing continuing education in probate law. 

David has handled hundreds of cases in the local probate courts and litigated numerous other Ohio and federal matters, all the way through the Ohio Supreme Court and Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.  Besides practice, David has served as chair to the Dayton Bar Association's probate law committee since 2013. David serves as an officer on the University of Dayton School of Law Alumni Board. He has written numerous articles on probate issues, volunteered on many pro bono cases, and provided input to the Ohio General Assembly on probate legislation.


United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Ohio (2010);

United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (2009);

United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio (2005);

Ohio Supreme Court (2005);



University of Dayton School of Law

  • Juris Doctor (2005);

  • Law Review (2003-2005).

Miami University

  • Bachelor of Arts (2002);

    • Majors:  Political Science and PA;

    • Minor:  Business Legal Studies.


Community Involvement and Affiliations
  • Ohio Bar Association, Member (2006-present);

  • Dayton Bar Association, Member (2006-present);

  • University of Dayton School of Law Alumni Association, Secretary; Trustee (2007-present);

  • Delta Chi Alumni Board of Trustees and Housing Corporation, Legal Advisor (2011-present);

  • Co-chair of the Dayton Bar Association Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate Comm. (2013-present).

Reported Cases
  • Kidd v. Alfano, 2016-Ohio-7519, 64 N.E.3d 1052 (2nd Dist.)

  • Byers v. Miami County Sheriff's Office, 133 Ohio St.3d 78, 2012-Ohio-3916, 975 N.E.2d 996

  • Leblanc v. Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC, 134 Ohio St.3d 250, 2012-Ohio-5458, 981 N.E.2d 839

  • Leblanc v. Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC, 196 Ohio App.3d 213, 2011-Ohio-5553, 962 N.E.2d 872 (2nd Dist.)

  • Longworth v. Childers, 180 Ohio App.3d 162, 2008-Ohio-4927, 904 N.E.2d 904 (2nd Dist.)

  • Palisades Collection, LLC v. O’Brien, 172 Ohio App. 3d 186, 2007-Ohio-3460, 873 N.E.2d 923 (2nd Dist.)


Presentations/ Publications 
  • Obscure Topics in Probate.  University of Dayton School of Law (Nov. 11, 2019)

  • Making Probate Relevant – Understanding New Changes.  Inn of Court (April 23, 2019)

  • Anatomy of a Will Contest.  Dayton Bar Assoc. (Nov. 28, 2018)

  • Debatable and Untested Complex Topics in the Probate and Trust Code.  Dayton Bar Assoc. (Feb. 7, 2018)

  • Estate Planning Update:  Common Law Marriage.  Dayton Bar Assoc. (Dec. 2, 2015)

  • Guardianships A-Z.  Dayton Bar Assoc. (Dec. 3, 2014)

  • Illegitimate Children:  Heirs and Paternity Issues.  Dayton Bar Assoc. (Nov. 14, 2013)

  • Basics of Estate Administration.  University of Dayton School of Law CLE (Nov. 30, 2012)

  • Settlement:  What can go Wrong?   University of Dayton School of Law CLE (Dec. 20, 2010)

  • The Unexpected Ally in the War on Drugs:  Estate Planning.  Bar Briefs (Nov. 2017);   

  • Wrongful Death and Survival Actions in Probate Court:  Don’t get Caught in a Spider Web.  Bar Briefs (Nov. 2016)

  • Trick or Treat in Probate Court:  A look at several Extraordinary Proceedings.  Dayton Bar Assoc. Bar Briefs (Nov. 2015)

  • Home Court:  An Argument for Utilizing Probate Court Jurisdiction and its Expertise in Post-Mortem Disputes.  Dayton Bar Assoc. Bar Briefs (Nov. 2013)


Expert Testimony          
  • In re Estate of Haskell, Montgomery P.C. No. 2017EST00158.  


Areas of Practice
  • Probate and trust administration;

  • Fiduciary litigation;

  • Will or trust construction actions and contests;

  • Heirship determinations;

  • Inheritance disputes (TOD assets and non-TOD assets);

  • Estate planning (business succession, special needs, asset protection); and

  • Wrongful death and survival actions.