Kelvin  M. Lawrence


Kelvin is a business and tax lawyer who saves clients money by minimizing their tax exposure and finding solutions to their Ohio and multi-state tax issues. He advises on taxes implicated in multi-state transactions and has resolved Ohio state income tax, sales tax, commercial activity tax, pass-through entity tax, municipal income tax, and property tax appeals. Kelvin helps his clients manage interactions with taxing authorities and get the most from the involvement of expert witnesses and consultants in tax and unclaimed property audits and controversies. He has secured significant refunds in Ohio sales tax proceedings, as well as in real property tax exemption and valuation disputes. Kelvin has helped tax-exempt organizations obtain and preserve federal tax-exempt status by advising them on joint ventures, combinations, restructuring, compensation procedures, charitable activities, and financial assistance policies. He has also helped these organizations receive tax-exempt bond financing.


  • University of Michigan Law School  (J.D., 2007)
  • Florida A&M University  (B.A., summa cum laude, 2002)
    • Political Science

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Tax Court


  • American Bar Association Section of Taxation
    • Co-chair of the State and Local Tax Committee’s Task Force on the Multistate Tax Commission’s Project on the State Taxation of Partnerships
    • State and Local Tax Committee Pass-through Entity Tax Subcommittee co-chair
  • Ohio State Bar Association
    • Taxation Law Committee, chair (2014 - 2016)
    • Taxation Law Committee, Executive Council and Income Tax Subcommittee chair
  • Paul J. Hartman State and Local Tax Forum, Advisory Board Member
  • NYU State and Local Tax Institute, Advisory Board
  • John Mercer Langston Bar Association
    • Finance and Fundraising Committee, co-chair (2012 - 2014)
  • Bloomberg Tax State Tax Advisory Board


  • Best Lawyers®
    • Tax Law (2022,2024)