Layman, D’Atri & Associates, LLC

4481 Munson St Northwest, Suite 301 Canton, Ohio 44718


Brian C. Layman, JD, CPA, M.Tax



As a principal with Layman, D’Atri & Associates, LLC, Mr. Layman provides significant tax, asset protection, estate planning, business succession planning, corporate law, and trust and estate administration expertise to the firm's clients. In addition to being admitted to practice law in Ohio and Florida, Mr. Layman maintains his CPA license in Ohio.

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    Mr. Layman has been certified as a Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law by the Ohio State Bar Association. This certification makes Brian one of a small group of attorneys in Ohio to have earned this distinction. The Ohio State Bar Association has also appointed him to the Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Section Council, which consists of approximately 80 attorneys who study and make recommendations regarding legislation in this area of the law. Mr. Layman is a member of WealthCounsel and The Advisors Forum, both of which are national collaborative organizations that provide cutting edge estate planning tools and techniques.

    Mr. Layman has been selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America , has been designated as an "Ohio Rising Star," by Super Lawyers, and has been elected as a Fellow of the American College of Trust & Estate Counsel. He also maintains an AV rating (very high to preeminent) in Martindale Hubbell. Mr. Layman earned his B.S. in Accounting, Master of Taxation and Juris Doctorate (summa cum laude) from the University of Akron. While attending law school, Mr. Layman served on Law Review as the Assistant Editor and as Editor in Chief of the Akron Tax Journal. Mr. Layman's published article on Dynasty Trusts has been cited on multiple occasions by the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, Joint Committee of Taxation.

    Mr. Layman and four of his colleagues crafted a comprehensive asset protection bill for Ohio and was present with Governor Kasich when he signed the bill on December 20, 2012. Mr. Layman co-authored, FOR OHIO DOCTORS: Shedding Light on Asset Protection, Tax and Estate Planning, the comprehensive resource for all of an Ohio physician’s wealth planning needs. Mr. Layman has published several articles, is a frequent speaker and is actively involved in professional and civic organizations. Mr. Layman is a member of the American Bar Association, Ohio State Bar Association, Florida State Bar Association and Stark County Bar Association. He is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Layman serves on the Stark County Bar Association Probate (co-Chair) and Elder Law Committees and the Stark Community Foundation Trust and Estate Planning Committee. Mr. Layman is a Director of J.R. Coleman Outreach Services, Inc. and Guardian Support Services. Brian was also named by the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce as one of the "20 Under 40" top Stark County professionals.

E. Lang D'Atri, JD, LLM "of Counsel"


Mr. D'Atri attended Brown University where he received his Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) and the University of Cincinnati College of Law where he obtained his Juris Doctor (J.D.). Lang pursued and obtained his Master of Laws (LLM) at Northwestern University where he was a recipient of a Ford Foundation Fellowship.

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    Mr. D'Atri is a lifetime resident of Hartville, Ohio and Naples, Florida where he resides with his wife Jayne Metcalf D’Atri. He and Jayne are the parents of seven adult children.

    Directorships Previous Held – Publicly-Held Companies

    • Unizan Financial Corp
    • Unizan Bank, National Association
    • Unizan Financial Services Group, National Association
      • Chairman, Executive Committee and Trust Committee

    Memberships & Civic

    • Member, Probate and Trust Sections, Stark County, Ohio, and American Bar Association
    • Founder, The Hartville Area Community Charitable Trust
    • Director, Trustee, former Trustee, or Officer of:
      • Canton Art Institute
      • Canton Montessori School
      • Cultural Center for the Arts
      • Multi-County Juvenile Attention System
      • Ohio State Skeet Shooting Association
      • The Canton Club
      • Aultman Association
      • Lake Local Board of Education
      • Mount Union College Advisory Board
      • Hartville Area Community Charitable Trust
      • Congress Lake Club
      • The Toussaint Club
      • Lake YMCA Board
      • Stark Community Foundation (Board & Distribution Committee Member)
      • Shakespeare in Paradise, Board member (Naples, Fl)
      • Member of Sam's Club