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Karen M. Ecker

Karen Ecker joined Robbins, Kelly, Patterson & Tucker in 2022, where she focuses her practice on estate planning and estate administration, including asset protection and charitable giving strategies, trusts and wills, special needs planning and elder law.

Karen is a trusted advisor who serves individuals and families by helping them create values-driven estate plans and philanthropic giving strategies to benefit the people and causes most dear to them. She drafts wills, trusts, agreements, and other key documents to implement the thoughtful transfer of assets while minimizing taxes. Karen also assists clients with probate, estate and trust administration, as well as provides philanthropic advisory services to families and private family foundations, including grant-making strategies, meeting facilitation, and governance and compliance.

Before coming to RKPT, Karen practiced in the area of estate planning and led major gift and charitable giving strategies at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.

A teacher at heart, Karen’s clients appreciate her relatable style of explaining the estate planning concepts and options.

Honors & Awards

  • Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Star in Estate Planning, 2005

Professional Associations

  • Cincinnati Bar Association, Estate Planning and Probate Committee
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Cincinnati Estate Planning Council

Community & Boards

  • McNicholas High School Development Committee
  • Sandra Carpenter Memorial Fund Trustee
  • Cincy Hive Advisory Board Member


  • Co-authored Simon & Schuster, Inc. v. Fischetti: Can New York’s Son of Sam Law Survive First Amendment Challenge?, 66 Notre Dame L. Rev. 1075 (1991), cited by U.S. Supreme Court at 502 U.S. 105, 115 (1991).