Michael (Mike) E. Lehr, Esq.
Principal, Sims & Campbell, Estates & Trusts
Mike is a lifelong resident of Annapolis, Maryland. He received a BA in Economics from the University of Maryland, College Park; his law degree from the University of Baltimore; and was admitted to practice law in the State of Maryland in 2009, and he joined Sims & Campbell in 2013.
Mike’s practice is focused entirely on the areas of Estate Planning and Administration, including the use of trusts and other entities for probate avoidance, estate and gift tax savings, and planned giving strategies. He continues to stay on top of estate planning and tax law changes through continuing legal education and his active participation in the Anne Arundel County Bar Association’s Estate Planning study group.
He has taught courses at Anne Arundel Community College. He has served as a lecturer for the Anne Arundel County Bar Association’s Estate Planning Study Group, National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, BayWoods of Annapolis, Thrive Networking Group, and the Anne Arundel Estate Planning Council (AAEPC). He has also given private seminars and workshops for local financial advisors, CPAs, Realtors and governmental agencies about estate planning and administration.
He is the immediate past chair of the Executive Committee (Board) for the AAEPC, a group composed of attorneys, financial advisors, CPAs, business valuation experts, insurance agents, employee benefits consultants, and trust officers. The purpose of the AAEPC is to educate professionals and others about the benefits the various financial professionals bring to one another’s clients. By working together and studying with experts from various disciplines of the financial services industry, members of the AAEPC are able to better serve their clients by recognizing issues outside of their scope and recommending skilled professionals to address those issues.
Additionally, Mike is an active participant and member of WealthCounsel LLC, a collaborative network of more than 3,000 estate planning attorneys nationwide. He was selected as a “Rising Star” in the 2012, 2020-2022 editions of Maryland Super Lawyers. Mike currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Annapolis Opera. He has previously served on the Community Advisory Board for the Anne Arundel chapter of the YMCA, the Pastoral Council for St. Andrew by the Bay, and the Board for the Catholic Men’s Fellowship of Maryland.
He is married to Katherine Lehr, a former Staff Sergeant in The U.S. Army Field Band, Soldier’s Chorus, and they live with their children Evelyn, Eli, and Austin in the suburbs of Annapolis, Maryland.