Kathleen M. Hedges, CFP®, CDFATM Website
Kitty is a Certified Financial Planner certificant with 20 years of financial planning experience and has earned the Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA) designation from the Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts. As a CDFATM she is trained to provide financial information and assistance to people going through a divorce as well as their legal representatives by evaluating the financial and tax implications of dividing property, settlement options, and child and spousal support.Kitty was instrumental in bringing the Second Saturday divorce workshop to the Central Ohio area and serves as the chapter leader. Kitty is a cofounder of the Hamilton Capital’s Women’s Exchange, which works to develop greater financial literacy among women.
Click to hear Kitty’s Sunny95 radio interview about Second Saturday: http://sunny95.com/perspective/second-saturday/
Douglas Dougherty, Esq. Website
Attorney Douglas B. Dougherty (“Doug”) has practiced law for approximately thirty years. He is certified as a Specialist in Family Relations Law by the Ohio State Bar Association. His practice is limited to cases involving divorce, dissolution, and other family law matters. Doug’s skills have been recognized by judges and other attorneys. In a private peer review survey, conducted by the nation’s leading lawyer ranking organization (LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell), Doug has repeatedly received the highest possible ranking regarding his knowledge of the law and his legal ethics. He has also repeatedly been named on of “Ohio’s Top Lawyers” by Columbus CEO magazine and as a “Super Lawyer” by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine.
Eimear Bahnson, Esq. Website
Attorney Eimear M. Bahnson is an experienced family advocate and a life-long Columbus resident. Ms. Bahnson joined Massucci Law group in May 2016 after three years at Massucci & Kline LLC. Prior to entering private practice, Ms. Bahnson worked for the Capital University Family Advocacy Clinic. As an attorney at the Clinic, Eimear (pronounced “EE mer”) initially practiced in the unit devoted to representing petitioners filing Civil Stalking Protection Orders. During her final two years at the Clinic, Ms. Bahnson represented domestic violence victims in protection order hearings, divorces, and other family law-related matters. An active member of the Columbus Bar Association, Eimear is currently completing her two-year tenure serving as the Chairperson of the CBA’s Family Law Committee, and was recently sworn in as a Board Member for the Columbus Bar Association Board of Governors. She is also a member of the Ohio State Bar Association and the American Bar Association. Ms. Bahnson is and has been involved in many community service activities.
Lorie McCaughan, Esq. Website
Lorie is a Professor of Clinical Studies and Supervising Attorney, General Litigation Clinic and Family Advocacy Clinic at Capital University Law School. Formerly a practicing nurse, Attorney McCaughan joined the faculty at Capital University Law School in 1998. She oversees and is the senior attorney of the Civil Protection Unit of the Family Advocacy Clinic, which serves victims of domestic violence who cannot afford to hire private counsel. She is also a court-approved mediator for Franklin County. Ms. McCaughan is an Advisory Board member of CHOICES and of The Justice League of Ohio. Additionally, Ms. McCaughan serves on various task forces and committees dedicated to matters related to serving victims and survivors of domestic violence. Ms. McCaughan is a member of the American Bar Association, Ohio State Bar Association, and of the Columbus Bar Association where she serves on the Judicial Screening Committee (appointment), the Delivery of Legal Services Committee, as well as participates in the Homeless Project.
Kenneth Kline, MBA, Esq. Website
Kenneth R. Kline was admitted to the practice of law in the State of Ohio in November 2001, the Northern District of Ohio in March 2002 and the Southern District of Ohio in May 2011. He received his Juris Doctorate and Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Taxation from the Indiana University-Bloomington, School of Law and Kelley School of Business in May 2001. In December 1998, Mr. Kline graduated from Indiana University-Bloomington, Kelley School of Business with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. Additionally, Mr. Kline was nationally ranked as one of the top ten under 40 in the field of Family Law by the Nation Academy of Family Law Attorneys. He is a Certified Family Law Attorney and limits his practice to family law.
Julia L. Leveridge Website
Julie Leveridge has been a resident of Columbus for over 19 years and has devoted her entire career to family law. Julia attended Capital University Law School and was admitted to practice law by the State of Ohio in November of 2000. Julia is a Certified Family Law Specialist and currently serves on the Ohio State Bar Association Speciality Board for Family Law. In January 2015, Julia became a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. She was named “Super Lawyer” in Ohio Super Lawyers from 2015 to present and a “Rising Star” from 2007, 2009-2013. Julia serves as co-chair of the Appellate Committee on Columbus Bar Association Family Law Committee. Julia was named a “Top Lawyer” in Family Law by Columbus CEO Magazine in 2015 and 2016 and received the Ten Best Under 40 Client Satisfaction Award by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys in 2014. She is rated by Avvo as “Superb 10 out of 10”. Julia is a member of the Columbus Bar Association Family Law Committee, the Ohio State Bar Association Family Law Committee, the Columbus Bar Association Admissions Committee, Women Lawyers of Franklin County, the Columbus Bar Foundation and Nationwide Children’s Hospital Development Board. She is a frequent lecturer at continuing legal education seminars. Julia lives in Upper Arlington with her husband and daughter.
Bradley Frick is a graduate of The Ohio State University and received his law degree from the University of Notre Dame Law School. He has been practicing law in Columbus since 1978, concentrating on family law, sports law, general civil litigation, legal ethics, and broadcaster representation. He is a member of several law associations including the American Bar Association, Ohio State Bar Association, Columbus Bar Association, and the Central Ohio Attorneys for Justice. Brad is very involved in the domestic law areas of these associations and has been chair of the Judicial Screening Committee and the Family Law Committee of the Columbus Bar Association. He also served several times on the Ethics Committee of the Columbus Bar Association.
Christine E. Strehl
Christine Strehl has practiced in the area of family law for over twelve years. She is a graduate of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and was admitted to the Ohio bar in 2004. She has been an associate attorney at the office of Bradley Frick & Associates since 2008. Prior to her current position, she practiced in the areas of domestic relations, bankruptcy, personal injury, and business representation. She is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association and the Columbus Bar Association.
Amy J. Weis Website
Amy J. Weis is a family law attorney with the Columbus, Ohio, law firm of Weis + O’Connor LLC. She has said that while helping clients through the divorce experience, her goal is to minimize their costs by striving to achieve a mutually satisfactory settlement without acrimonious litigation. When it is impossible to reach an agreement amicably, Ms. Weis will fight tenaciously in court for her client’s best interests. Designated as a certified specialist in family relations law by the Ohio State Bar Association, Ms. Weis is well-prepared to advocate for individuals in high-profile and high-asset divorce cases. She has extensive knowledge of complex issues, including executive compensation and evaluation of private equity investment interests and can capably assist clients with a variety of divorce issues, even including custody of pets. Ms. Weis earned her undergraduate degree from the Ohio State University and then went on to attend Capital University Law School. At law school, she served as associate editor of the Capital University Law Review and graduated magna cum laude. She was admitted to practice in Ohio in 1996. A fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Ms. Weis has served as president, vice president and past president of the organization’s Ohio chapter. She currently serves as the Ohio Board of Governors Delegate to the AAML. She has further demonstrated her leadership by serving as chair of the Domestic Relations Committee of the Franklin County Trial Lawyers Association (now known as the Central Ohio Association for Justice). Ms. Weis has written and lectured extensively on family law topics, publishing articles in professional publication and speaking before organizations such as the Columbus Bar Association, the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and Ohio Legal Aid.
Dennis E. Horvath Website
Dennis grew up in South Bend, Indiana. He received a B.A. from Indiana University and his JD from Capital University Law School. Dennis is admitted to practice in Ohio and U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio. Dennis has been practicing law in Ohio since 2001, exclusively in Domestic Relations matters. Dennis handles cases in all areas of Family Law, including divorce, dissolution, custody, child and spousal support, and prenuptial agreements. Dennis has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America for 2018. Best Lawyers is the oldest and one of the most respected peer review publication in the legal profession. Recognition in Best Lawyers is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor, conferred on a lawyer by his or her peers. Dennis has been selected as an Ohio Super Lawyer Rising Star for years 2005, 2009-2013 (last year of eligibility) and Super Lawyer for years 2016-2018. Only five percent of the total lawyers in the state are selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers. Dennis has also been listed in Columbus CEO Magazine as a Top Lawyer in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Dennis has been selected by The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 under 40 in Ohio which is by invitation only and is extended exclusively to individuals who exemplify superior qualifications and leadership as a trial lawyer. In addition, Dennis has a 10.0 out 10.0 Superb AVVO rating, listed in Rue Ratings’ Best Attorneys in America, and 2015 and 2017 AVVO Clients’ Choice Award Winner.
Eric M. Brown Website
Eric grew up in Worthington, Ohio. He graduated with honors (cum laude) from The Ohio State University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts. Eric then graduated with honors (magna cum laude) from Capital University Law School in 2007. Eric is admitted to practice law in all Ohio state courts and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. Eric has been practicing domestic relations law, exclusively, since 2007. Accordingly, he handles matters in all areas of family law including divorce, dissolution, custody proceedings, post-decree matters, child and spousal support cases and appellate matters. Eric is an OSBA Certified Specialist in the practice of Family Relations Law, which requires passage of a written examination in the field of family relations law, demonstration of a high level of substantial involvement in family relations law and favorable evaluations by colleagues and judges / magistrates familiar with his work. Eric has also been selected to the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys “Top 10 Under 40 Attorney Award for the state of Ohio,” which is by invitation and is extended to those attorneys who have demonstrated exceptional knowledge, skill, experience, expertise and success in their practice of family law. Eric has presented at a number of seminars, including the Fifth Annual Family Institute in 2017 and the Domestic Relations Judge & Magistrate Winter Conference in 2016. Eric is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association.
Marriage and Family Therapist
Margaret ‘Charlie’ Knerr, M.S., M. Div, IMFT-S Website
‘Charlie’ is licensed by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, & Marriage and Family Therapist Board as an Independent Marriage and Family Therapist with a Supervisory Designation. She earned her Masters of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapist from the University of Rhode Island. Charlie is an active clinical member and Approved Supervisor of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. Charlies works as the Clinical Director at Individual, Couple, and Family Therapy (ICFT) in Dublin, Ohio. In addition to her work at ICFT, Charlie currently serves on the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, & Marriage and Family Therapist Board.
Callie Mitchell, MS, IMFT Website
Callie grew up in the Dallas/Fort Worth area of Texas and recently relocated to Columbus with her husband and son. She looks forward to experiencing 4 distinctive seasons, especially the winter snow. When not in the office, Callie enjoys spending time with family, outside activities, and reading. Callie graduated from The University of Texas at Austin and later received her Master of Science degree in Family Therapy from Texas Woman’s University. Callie has been trained extensively to provide treatment for individuals, children, and families. Prior to joining the practice, she worked with children and families in behavioral health in Texas for 10 years. Callie is an active clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and is currently working towards becoming an AAMFT approved supervisor.
Melanie McClellan, MS, IMFT Website
Melanie grew up in Ohio and attended The Ohio State University. Upon graduating from college, she lived in Chicago for several years. After moving back to Columbus in 2007, she started work with a local mental health agency where she specialized in working with children, adolescents and their families. When not in the office, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their two children. She really likes watching and playing sports, traveling, and being active. Melanie received her Master of Science Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Purdue University. She has extensive training to provide treatment for individuals, couples and families. In addition to her work as a therapist in local mental health agencies, she served as the director of two evidenced based treatment programs prior to joining this private practice. Melanie is an active clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and is currently working toward becoming an AAMFT approved supervisor.