Michael L. Stark

Michael StarkMichael L. Stark co-founded Stark & Knoll in 1985 and is a partner in its Estate Planning & Probate Group. Mike is a leader in the area of estate planning and probate and has been advising clients in these areas for more than 30 years. Mike is the creator of the Ohio State Bar Associations Continuing Legal Education series, “Nuts and Bolts of Wills and Trusts.” He is also experienced in the area of mergers and acquisitions where he has represented numerous clients in the sale of their business.

"I pride myself in being able to provide Stark & Knoll's clients with sound legal advice in a manner in which they truly understand. I feel my ability to help clients understand the processes and reasoning behind their complex estate planning issues helps me stand out as an estate planning attorney in Northeast Ohio."  - Michael L. Stark


Mike has been advising clients in the areas of estate planning and probate from more than 30 years.

Bar Associations

  • Akron Bar Association
  • American Bar Association 

  • Ohio State Bar Association (past Council of Delegates member)


  • Indiana University, Juris Doctor
  • Miami University, Cum Laude, Betta Gamma Sigma, Phi Beta Kappa, Beta Alpha Psi, Omicron Delta Kapp

Professional & Community Leadership

  • Previous Adjunct Professor, Masters of Taxation, at The University of Akron
  • American Bar Association, Committee Member, Taxation and Real Property Probate and Trust Sections
  • American College of Trust and Estate Lawyers, member
  • International Academy of Estate and Trust Law, past academician
  • Ohio State Bar Association, past Council of Delegates member
  • Ohio State Bar Association, member of the Board of Governors of the Estate Planning and Probate Section

Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America® - Trusts and Estates 1989 – present
  • Ohio Super Lawyers®  Estate Planning and Probate 2005-present

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