A Boutique Trusts & Estates Law Firm

Ronald Holden

Of Counsel

Ron, who founded our firm in 1982, earned his B. A. degree from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio in 1965, and was awarded his J. D. degree by the University Of Cincinnati School Of Law in 1968. From July 1969 to January 1975 he served in the Judge Advocate Corps of USAF.

During his years of active private practice in Annapolis, Ron frequently spoke on probate and estate planning topics at professional continuing education programs for attorneys, accountants, life underwriters, financial planners and development officers, pre-retirement programs for laypersons and a variety of civic groups, including the University of Maryland Extension Service. In 1982 he authored an estate planning workbook titled, Estate Planning – A Family Affair and the Maryland Gifts of Minors Chart. He was a member of the Baltimore Estate Planning Council, served on the Governor’s Task Force on Long-Term Financial Planning for Disabled Individuals during 1991 to 1993, and on the Maryland State Bar Association, Estates and Trusts Council from 1987 to 1993. In his Council role he co-authored the Maryland Discretionary Trust Act, which had as its purpose to make it more affordable for families following a death to provide for loved ones suffering from various forms of disabilities.

Over the years Mr. Holden served on the Boards of the following charitable organizations and foundations: Wilberforce Foundation, International Youth and Service Corps and Anne Arundel Medical Center Foundation. In the late 1970’s he helped to found the following community ministries: Christian Counseling Center of Annapolis, Timothy Project (focusing on chemically dependent adolescents) and the local offices of Bethany Christian Services (a national ministry to unwed mothers and an adoption agency). He is a former Board President of Annapolis Area Christian School (a state certified K-12 elementary and secondary school). From 2009 – 2015 Ron served as a Board Member of Star Community in Hagerstown, Maryland, a non-profit organization providing residential and day habilitation services to developmentally disabled adults.

His community involvements include having supported and served in a variety of ways: Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Annapolis, Young Life of Anne Arundel County, American Cancer Society, Severn River Land Trust and the Maryland State Board of Higher Education.


B.A., Miami University, Oxford, Ohio

J.D., University Of Cincinnati School Of Law, Cincinnati, Ohio


For Immediate Release

Contact: Jane Frankel Sims


Contact: Frank Campbell


Sims & Campbell Estates and Trusts

Frankel Sims Law and Holden & Campbell
Merge to Form Sims & Campbell

Firm will offer comprehensive Trusts & Estates services through offices in Towson and Annapolis

TOWSON, Md. (April 26,2019)  Frankel Sims Law and Holden & Campbell have jointly announced the merger of their firms to create a boutique Trusts & Estates law firm providing comprehensive services in the fields of Estate Planning, Estate Administration, Trust Administration and Charitable Giving. The combined firm will be named Sims & Campbell and have offices in Towson, Md. and Annapolis, Md.  Jane Frankel Sims and Frank Campbell will lead and hold equal ownership stakes in the firm.

Sims & Campbell will have 9 attorneys and 15 legal professionals that handle every facet of estate and wealth transfer planning, including wills, revocable living trusts, irrevocable trusts, estate and gift tax advice, and charitable giving strategies.  The firm will focus solely on Trusts & Estates but will serve a wide range of clients, from young families with modest resources to ultra-high net worth individuals.  This allows clients to remain with the firm as their level of wealth and the complexity of related estate and tax implications change over time. 

“By joining forces, we have expanded our footprint to conveniently serve clients in Maryland, D.C. and Virginia” said Jane Frankel Sims.  We are seeing some of the greatest wealth transfer in our country’s history, and we want to continue to be on the leading edge of helping our clients maintain and enhance their family’s wealth.  In addition, we aim to serve our clients for years to come, and the new firm structure will allow Sims & Campbell to thrive even after Frank and I have retired.”    

“Jane and I have always admired each other’s firms and recognized the need to provide even greater depth and breadth of focused expertise to help families amass and protect their wealth from generation to generation,” said Frank Campbell.  “Now we have even greater capabilities to make a real difference for our clients.” 

The Sims & Campbell Towson office is located at 500 York Road, on the corner of York Road and Pennsylvania Avenue in the heart of Towson.  The Annapolis office is currently located at 716 Melvin Avenue, and is moving to 181 Truman Parkway in August, 2019.  For more information, visit www.simscampbell.law.