Ann Charles Watts


Ann Charles focuses her practice on estate planning, probate, charitable gift planning and nonprofit law, as well as guardianships and adoptions. Her experience includes counseling individuals, families and businesses on the complexities of charitable giving, addressing both domestic and international estate planning issues and conducting operational assessments and multi-year philanthropic plans for Section 501 (c)(3) organizations.

Prior to joining Dinsmore, she specialized in nonprofit organizational development and fundraising, working with hundreds of groups across the country, including Habitat for Humanity International, the Air Force Museum Foundation, Ohio CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) and the U.S. Peace Corps. She is Harvard-educated in strategic nonprofit management and holds certificates in fundraising management from the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University and religious fundraising from the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving. In January 2015, Ann Charles received the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE) designation from the Association of Fundraising Professionals, becoming the 103rd person worldwide since 1992 to earn the credential.

Ann Charles is also fluent in Spanish, having lived abroad in both Paraguay and Venezuela.


  • University of Dayton School of Law  (J.D., summa cum laude, 2018)
    • Valedictorian
    • CALI Awards for highest-scoring student in fourteen classes, including wills and trusts, estate and tax planning, individual income tax, and business organizations
    • Pro-Bono Commitment to Community award from the Supreme Court of Ohio and the Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation
    • University of Dayton Law Review, comment editor
  • Ohio University  (M.A., 1999)
    • Comparative Politics
  • Ohio University Honors Tutorial College  (B.A., magna cum laude, 1999)
    • Political Science
    • Spanish (minor)

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio
  • Florida


  • Dayton Metro Library Foundation, board of directors
  • Rotary Club of Dayton
    • Youth Exchange Committee, chair (2007 - 2014)
  • Association of Fundraising Professionals, Greater Dayton Ohio Chapter
    • Advanced Professionals Committee, chair (2015 - 2016)
    • Ethics Committee, chair (2014 - 2015)
    • Peer Mentoring Committee, chair (2013)
  • University of Dayton School of Law Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, member (2016 - 2018)
  • DECA Global Village Program, founding chair (2014 - 2016)
  • Seedling Foundation of Stivers School for the Arts, trustee (2013 - 2014)
  • Montgomery County Children’s Services, licensed foster parent (2008 - 2016)
  • Ohio University Honors Tutorial College Board of Visitors (2004 - 2011)
    • President (2010 - 2011)
  • Habitat for Humanity of Ohio, founding president (2003 - 2008)


  • Spanish