Houck Menninger Law

Mike Menninger

OSBA Certified Specialist

Owner & Attorney

In Mike's Words:

I was born and raised in Harrison, Ohio, the last town along I-74 on the way to Indy. I am forever grateful for having attended St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati. I continued my education at Saint Louis University (Go Billikens!) in St. Louis, MO, where I studied philosophy and received my Certificate in Business Administration. I then received my Juris Doctor from Northern Kentucky University in 2006.

Early in my life, when the dream of being a baseball player, an astronaut, or a baseball-playing astronaut faded, I just knew I was going to be an attorney. My father, my inspiration, is also an attorney. He has always practiced with the highest level of skill, integrity, and decency to others. From a very young age, it honestly never occurred to me to be anything else. The early years of my career were spent in a variety of fields of the law. Eventually, estate planning found me, and there was no looking back. I am blessed to to be able to make a living by helping families protect what they’ve worked so hard to earn, to make things better and easier for their loved ones.  

I have been a full-time estate planner since 2014. I am one of only approximately 155 attorneys in Ohio that is certified as a specialist in Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law by the Ohio State Bar Association. To have achieved and maintain that distinction, I dedicate myself to education, both for me and for my clients, to ensure I am able to provide the technical know-how along with honest and heart-felt counseling. My approach to estate planning is built upon my knowledge and training, but it is exponentially improved by what I learn from clients and their stories. I am comfortable helping families implement simple and complex estate planning strategies, advising on tax and asset protection considerations, and educating and counseling my clients along the way. The lasting and meaningful relationships with my clients is why I’m in this business.

I have served as faculty for the OSBA, Wealth Counsel State Forums, the National Business Institute, and Strafford Publications, among other organizations. I’ve taught attorneys and CPAs on a variety of subjects, including basic estate planning, trust taxation, IRA planning, and irrevocable trust modification. And recently, I was recognized by Ohio Lawyer Magazine as a Rising Star in Estate Planning. 

When I’m not in the office, I’m at home  in Springboro with my beautiful wife, my brilliant step-son, and my adorable daughters. My son, Maximilian, passed away in 2020, but his spirit pushes me to be the best human I can be. I have to admit, my favorite pastime is spending time with the family, including Game Night! For the record, I hold the longest Game Night winning streak. And I LOVE sports. I’m an FC Cincinnati season ticket member since the beginning, and I’m a long-time Cincinnati Reds fan. When I’m not consuming sports, I’m working on personal development, trying local restaurants, or just sitting by the fire pit out back, thankful for what I’ve got.