Jump to Navigation
A Better Approach to Family Law

Karen Riestenberg Brinkman

Karen Riestenberg Brinkman

Lead Counsel
Cincinnati, Ohio
866-761-7660 (Toll Free)

I am a hardworking attorney who enjoys helping people with their family law issues and fighting for their property and parenting rights. I love educating my clients about the law and developing options on how to proceed. I enjoy a great relationship with the judges, magistrates and other attorneys in Warren, Clermont & Hamilton Counties in Ohio and am very active in the Cincinnati & Ohio State Bar Associations in order to stay current in the laws concerning my clients.

I have practiced solely domestic relations/family law since 1986.


Involved in community by way of tennis, dance, soccer, church and school.

Areas of Practice

  • Domestic Relations/Family Law
  • Divorce
  • Dissolution
  • Collaborative Law
  • Post Decree Matters
  • Custody/Parenting Time
  • Shared Parenting
  • Stepparent Adoptions (Relatives)
  • Grandparent Visitation
  • Separation Agreements
  • Mediation
  • Speaking/Teaching
  • Testimonials

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, 1984
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio, 1986


  • The Ohio State University College of Law, Columbus, Ohio
    • Juris Doctor - June, 1984
  • Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio
    • Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude - 1981
    • Major: Economics and Theology


  • Lecturer, Domestic Relations/Family Law, Cincinnati Bar Association
  • Lecturer, Domestic Relations/Family Law, Ohio State Bar Association
  • Lecturer, Domestic Relations/Family Law, National Business Institute Continuing Legal Education
  • Instructor, Domestic Relations, Hondros Career Center
  • Speaker, Fifth Amendment Issues in Domestic Relations, Ohio Magistrates Association Convention
  • Speaker, Evenings of Enrichment and Career Related Events, Seton High School

Honors and Awards

  • Fletcher E. Nyce Award
  • Craig Menderson Memorial Award
  • Xavier University Certificate of Recognition

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, District Representative, Young Lawyers Division Executive Council, 1991 - 1993
  • American Bar Association, Region 5 Coordinator, Disaster Legal Assistance Committee, 1989 - 1993
  • American Bar Association, Presenter, Leadership Workshop Panel, Affiliate Outreach Project, 1992
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Committee on Public Understanding of the Law, 1993 - 1997
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, 1984 - 1994
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Family Law, Legislative Drafting Subcommittee, 1998 - Present
  • Cincinnati Bar Association, Board of Trustees, 1991 - 1993
  • Cincinnati Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, Chair, 1992 - 1993
  • Cincinnati Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, Executive Committee, 1988 - 1994
  • Cincinnati Bar Association, Chair Elect
  • Cincinnati Bar Association, Vice Chair
  • Cincinnati Bar Association, Secretary
  • Cincinnati Bar Association, Practical Law Institute Committee
  • Cincinnati Bar Association, Chair, Domestic Relations Court Committee, 1986 - Present
  • Cincinnati Bar Association, Member Committee Development Committee
  • Cincinnati Bar Association, Aka Committee on Committee, 1993 - Present
  • Greater Cincinnati Women Lawyers Association, President, 1987 - 1988
  • Greater Cincinnati Women Lawyers Association, Executive Board, Membership Chair, 1986 - 1995
  • Greater Cincinnati Women Lawyers Association, Member, 1985 - Present
  • Seton High School, Alumnae Board, 1984
  • Setan High School Alumnae Association, President, 1988 - 1991
  • Seton High School, Board of Trustees, 1998
  • Seton High School, Mission Effectiveness Committee, 1992
  • Mason Public Library, Former President
  • Mason Public Library, Member, 1998 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Kimpel, Hyland, Weinkam & Goodson, LPA, Cincinnati, Ohio, Associate, 1994 - 1998
  • Bolsinger & Brinkman, Cincinnati, Ohio, Associate, 1986 - 1993
  • Judge Robert S. Kraft, Hamilton County, Ohio Court of Common Pleas, Constable, 1985 - 1986
  • Shade and Shade Co., LPA, Delaware, Ohio, Legal Assistant, 1983 - 1984
  • James C. Ayers and Associates, Columbus, Ohio, Legal Assistant, 1983

Pro Bono Activities

  • Volunteer Lawyers Project-Divorce Clinic Etc.
  • Member, Lebanon Optimist Club, 2008 - Present


  • Alpha Sigma Nu

I really appreciate the way Mrs. Brinkman handles difficult situations and difficult people.  She represents me with confidence, yet always makes sure that I know what is going on and that I fully understand my options.  Her paralegal Tamara, have also answered my questions promptly and professionally; and have helped me through some tough times.

-Lisa H.

Karen Brinkman was brilliant in court; I obtained full custody of my daughter and am extremely grateful.  She made my family, my witnesses, the other professionals, and myself very comfortable by constantly educating us and keeping us informed of the law and the legal procedures.  She deserves a lot of credit for her careful wording of motions and entries and her ability to take charge of out-of-control situations.

-Dave B.

Karen and Tamara went into action on behalf of my son and granddaughter.  Their caring attitudes come through in everything they say and do.  I am sure that I will be looking to Brinkman & Associates for legal advice and for common sense answers whenever I have a family law question in the future.

-Sandy E.

I was very thankful that I had Mrs. Brinkman on my side when I went to court regarding a modification of child support that had been requested by my former husband in the Hamilton County, Ohio, Juvenile Court.  She returns my calls and responds to my emails promptly and thoroughly.

-Debbie S.

Read More >

Privacy Policy | Law Firm Marketing by FindLaw, part of Thomson Reuters.