Joseph M. Nixon


In early 2015, Joseph began working for the Fairfield County Probate Court, where he first served as a bailiff before being promoted to serve as the Assistant Chief Deputy Clerk. During his time with the Probate Court, Joseph managed the day-to-day operations of the Probate Clerks’ office and was instrumental in assisting the Probate Court update the Court’s local rules and forms. During the summer of 2017, Joseph was selected to serve as a Judicial Extern for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio. In that role, he spent the summer learning from the Chief Justice’s Judicial Law Clerks as well as analyzing arguments made in appeals based on the Supreme Court of Ohio’s discretionary jurisdiction.

In 2018, Joseph left the Fairfield County Probate Court and joined Sitterley, Vandervoort & Davis Ltd. as a legal intern. Since joining the firm as an attorney, Joseph has begun working in the firm’s estate planning, trust and probate practice as well as in the firm’s elder law practice.

Joseph resides in Lancaster with his wife, Grace, and their two dogs and one cat. When not assisting clients, Joseph enjoys taking his dogs on hikes in many of the wonderful parks located in and around Fairfield County.

Practice Areas

  • Estate Planning
    • Wills
    • Trusts
    • Wealth Transfer
  • Elder Law
    • Medicaid Planning
  • Estate and Trust Administration
  • Probate Litigation
  • Guardianships

Honors & Awards

  • 2011, ATO-Paul F. Bloomhardt Prize for Excellence in History from Wittenberg University
  • 2019, Scored in the 100th percentile on the February 2019 Ohio Bar Exam


  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Fairfield County Bar Association


2007, William V. Fisher Catholic High School

2011, Bachelor of Arts, History, Minors in Political Science, Economics and Russian and Central Eurasian Studies, Wittenberg University, Cum Laude

2014, Master’s Degree, International Relations and Security, University of Liverpool (U.K.)

2019, Juris Doctorate, Capital University Law School, Summa Cum Laude