Larry R. Gearhardt of Covington has joined Barrett, Easterday, Cunningham & Eselgroth LLP (BECE) in an “of counsel” capacity.
Gearhardt’s wealth of experience dovetails well with BECE’s focus on providing legal services to the agricultural industry. Most recently, he has been directing Ohio State University’s Income Tax Schools and serving as the resource person on tax issues for OSU Extension. He serves on the Rural Tax committee, which reviews and edits IRS Publication 225 (the Farmer’s Tax Guide) on behalf of the Internal Revenue Service.
Gearhardt has combined his love of farming and law throughout his career. While actively farming, Gearhardt has engaged in the private practice of law in Miami County. He developed the Legal and Local Affairs department at the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) and gained in-depth knowledge of federal, state, and local government as OFBF”s senior director of State Legislative Affairs.
Gearhardt is known for his ability to communicate complex topics in an understandable way. Besides taxation, he has worked in many other areas of law, including eminent domain, drainage law, environmental rules and regulations, transportation, oil and gas development, land use and zoning, and conservancy districts.
In 2011 the American Agricultural Law Association honored Gearhardt for Excellence in Agricultural Law. He earned his law degree from the University of Toledo, and his bachelor’s degree from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio.