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Karen Brinkman

Karen Riestenberg Brinkman

  • Lead Counsel

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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


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.


  • The Ohio State University College of Law, Columbus, Ohio
    • Juris Doctor - 06/1984
  • Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio
    • Bachelor of Arts - 1981
    • Honors: magna cum laude
    • Major: Economics and Theology

Professional Associations & Memberships

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

Awards & Honors

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

Bar Admissions

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

Classes & Seminars

  • 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

Pro-Bono Activities

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

Fraternities or Sororities

  • Alpha Sigma Nu

Past Employment Positions

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