ABOUT JOAN M. BURDA
Joan M. Burda is a lawyer with a solo practice in Lakewood, Ohio. She limits her practice to estate planning.
She is the author of the Award-winning book, Estate Planning for Same-Sex Couples, Third Edition (ABA 2015, 2012, 2004).
She is also the author of Gay, Lesbian and Transgender Clients: A Lawyer's Guide (ABA 2008). She has written numerous articles on LGBT legal issues.
In addition to these books, Joan writes regularly for various publications and websites on a variety of subjects.
She is a frequent speaker on LGBTQ+ issues to bar associations and other organizations domestically and internationally. Joan is a regular panelist at Lavender Law, the annual law conference sponsored by the National Lesbian and Gay Bar Association. Joan is a member of the National LGBT Bar Association Family Law Institute, and the Trusts and Estates Institute. And, is recognized for her work in addressing legal issues affecting the LGBTQ+ community.
Joan is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law where she teaches LGBT Legal Issues and Wills, Trusts, and Future Interests.
She taught Civil Procedure, Contracts and Administrative Law in the Legal Studies Program at Ursuline College in Pepper Pike, OH for many years.
Joan graduated from Pepperdine University School of Law in Malibu, CA. While in law school she worked at Disneyland as a security officer (aka mouseifer). She left California because she found the weather boring.
She is licensed to practice law in Ohio. Joan is a member of the American Bar Association, Ohio State Bar Association, the National LGBT Bar Association and the American Society of Journalists and Authors.
She lives in Lakewood, OH with her spouse, Betsy.
JOAN M. BURDA
Attorney at Law