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Douglas B. Dougherty

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Location:
Columbus, Ohio
Phone:
614-454-3179
866-920-1462
Fax:
614-798-1935
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Introduction

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.

My Philosophy – Personal Notes from Doug

"Lawsuits and legal problems are frequently difficult. However, a good lawyer can make a huge difference."

"A good lawyer is a strong advocate for his or her client and a good person. I treat everyone with respect and courtesy. This includes my clients, the opposing parties, and the opposing attorneys."

"I work very hard to settle all of my cases without a trial. I probably settle approximately 95% of my cases. Regarding the cases that must go to trial, I work extremely hard to achieve a good result at a reasonable cost for my client."

Experience

Attorney Dougherty has argued and won in the Supreme Court of Ohio and in numerous Ohio courts of appeal. He has handled thousands of family law cases. He has successfully represented clients at trials and hearings in many counties throughout the State of Ohio.

Knowledge and Ethics

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 one of "Ohio's Top Lawyers" by Columbus CEO magazine and as a "Super Lawyer" by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine.

Articles and Presentations

He has written articles and given presentations for the Ohio State Bar Association, the Columbus Bar Association, the Columbus Legal Aid Society, and many other organizations. He is a frequent speaker at seminars for lawyers and non-lawyers. He has spoken and written on numerous family law topics. His articles and presentations are listed below.

Professional Leadership

Attorney Dougherty served as the Chairman of the Family Law Committee of the Columbus Bar Association. As the chairman, he was responsible for various lawyer education projects. He was recognized as the Columbus Bar Association's outstanding committee chairman and was given the President's Award for his "outstanding leadership" abilities.

Professional Organizations

Doug is a member of the American Bar Association, Ohio State Bar Association, and Columbus Bar Association.

Mediation Work

In addition to working as an attorney, Doug also works as a mediator. His mediation practice is limited to family law matters. As a mediator, he works with both parties to reach a quick and fair agreement and to avoid unnecessary expenses and litigation.

Expert Witness Work

Doug also works as an expert witness in legal malpractice cases involving family law matters. As an expert witness, Doug has worked for private parties and for a professional liability insurance company.

Charitable Work

Attorney Dougherty began his career as a legal aid attorney. He has continued to help the less fortunate by volunteering his services to assist the Ohio Poverty Law Center, the Columbus Legal Aid Society, and various private organizations.

Media Appearances

He has appeared on various television and radio programs to discuss family law issues. He recently was a guest on the National Public Radio program "On Point." His topic was "The Revolution in Alimony and Spousal Support Law."


Supreme Court Video

To view a video of Attorney Dougherty arguing a case in the Supreme Court of Ohio, click here.

Personal Information

Doug is married and has two sons. He is a lifelong resident of Upper Arlington, Ohio. He enjoys reading and various sports including scuba diving and snow skiing.

Areas of Practice

  • Divorce, Dissolution and Legal Separation
  • Property and Debt Division - Business Interests
  • Property and Debt Division - Professional Practices
  • Property and Debt Division - Complex Assets
  • Spousal Support (Alimony)
  • High Income and Significant Assets
  • Child Custody, Visitation, Shared Parenting, and Child Support
  • Domestic Violence - Protection Orders
  • Domestic Torts - Money Damages
  • Premarital Planning and Prenuptial Agreements
  • Appeals and Objections

Litigation Percentage

  • 5% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Certified Specialist, Ohio Family Relations Law (First Year Specialist Certification Was Granted), Ohio State Bar Association, 2000
  • "AV" Peer Review Rating (Highest Rating for Legal knowledge and Ethics), LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell, 2005
  • “Super Lawyer” Peer Review Rating (top 5% of all family law attorneys in Ohio), Ohio Super Lawyers Magazine, 2010

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, 1980
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio, 1980

Education

  • Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law, Ada, Ohio
    • J.D. - 1980
    • Honors: Member, National Moot Court Team
    • Honors: Dean's List (Various Semesters)
  • The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
    • B.A. - 1977
    • Honors: Member, National Debate Team
    • Honors: Dean's List (Various Quarters)
    • Major: Arts and Sciences

Published Works

  • Protecting Your Right to Appeal in Domestic Relations Cases, Ohio State Bar Association, Advanced Topics in Family Law Seminar, 2012
  • An Introduction to Handling Civil Appeals in the Supreme Court of Ohio, Columbus Bar Association, New Lawyers Committee, 2011
  • Basic Divorce Procedure Law in Ohio, Columbus Bar Association, New Lawyer Training Program, 2010
  • Fisher v. Hasenjager: The Evolution of Shared Parenting Jurisprudence in Ohio, Ohio State Bar Association, Advanced Family Law Seminar, 2008
  • Digging the "Dirt" in Divorce: Handling Real Property Issues in Divorce, Columbus Bar Association, Real Property Law Institute, 2007
  • Protecting Your Business in a Divorce, Columbus CEO Magazine, 2007
  • Handling Dissolutions in Franklin County, Columbus Legal Aid Society, 2006
  • Hope for the Best But Prepare for the Worst: Basic Rules Regarding the Use of Pre- Marital Agreements to Plan for Divorce, Columbus Bar Association, 2006
  • The New "Property:" Dealing With Social Security Retirement Benefits in Divorce Cases, Columbus Bar Association, 2004
  • Creeping Toward Rationality: Determining Child Support in High Income Cases, Columbus Bar Association, 2004
  • Almost as Despicable as the Act Itself: Dealing With False Allegations of Child Abuse in Custody Cases, Columbus Bar Association, 2002
  • Child Support: the Good, the Bad, and the Just Plain Weird, Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, Division of Domestic Relations, Office of Mediation Services, 2002
  • When "Shared" Isn't Shared: Determination of Child Support in Shared Parenting Cases, Columbus Bar Association, 2001
  • Protecting and Perfecting Your Family Law Case for Appeal, Ohio State Bar Association, Annual Convention, 2000
  • Valuation of Businesses in Divorce and Dissolution Cases, National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts, 1999
  • The Law of Parental Alienation in Ohio, Columbus Bar Association, 1999
  • Handling Appeals in Domestic Relations Cases, Ohio Continuing Legal Education Institute, 1999
  • Now You See It - Now You Don't: Transmutation and Tracing of Separate Property, Ohio Continuing Legal Education Institute, 1998
  • The Rich Are Different: Computation of Child Support in High Income Cases, Ohio Continuing Legal Education Institute, 1996
  • Preparation of the Initial Complaint, Motions, and Responsive Pleadings in a Divorce Action, Ohio Continuing Legal Education Institute, 1994
  • How to Make High Quality Requests for Computer-Assisted Legal Research, Clearinghouse Review, 1982

Classes/Seminars

  • Protecting Your Right to Appeal in Domestic Relations Cases, Ohio State Bar Association, Advanced Topics in Family Law Seminar, 2012 - Present
  • An Introduction to Handling Civil Appeals in the Supreme Court of Ohio, Columbus Bar Association, New Lawyers Committee, 2011 - Present
  • Basic Divorce Procedure Law in Ohio, Columbus Bar Association, New Lawyer Training Program, 2010
  • Cross-Examining the Psychologist in Child Custody Cases, Ohio Poverty Law Center, 2009
  • The Evolution of Shared Parenting Jurisprudence in Ohio, Ohio State Bar Association Seminar, Advanced Topics in Family Law Seminar, 2008
  • Handling Real Property Issues in Divorce, Columbus Bar Association, Real Property Law Institute seminar, 2007
  • Handling Dissolutions in Franklin County, Columbus Legal Aid Society Seminar, 2006
  • Basic Rules Regarding the Use of Pre-marital Agreements to Plan for Divorce, Columbus Bar Association Seminar, 2006
  • Dealing with Social Security Retirement Benefits in Divorce Cases, Columbus Bar Association Seminar, 2004
  • Determining Child Support in High Income Cases, Columbus Bar Association Seminar, 2004
  • Dealing with False Allegations of Child Abuse in Custody Cases, Columbus Bar Association Seminar, 2002
  • Child Support: the Good, the Bad, and the Just Plain Weird, Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, Division of Domestic Relations, Office of Mediation Services Seminar, 2002
  • Determination of Child Support in Shared Parenting Cases, Columbus Bar Association Seminar, 2001
  • Protecting and Perfecting Your Family Law Case for Appeal, Ohio Sate Bar Association, Annual Convention, 2000
  • Valuation of Business in Divorce and Dissolution Cases, National Association of Certified Valuation Analysis Seminar, 1999
  • Parental Alienation in Ohio, Columbus Bar Association Seminar, 1999
  • Handling Appeals in Domestic Relations Cases, Ohio Continuing Legal Education Institute Seminar, 1999
  • Transmutation and Tracing of Separate Property, Ohio Continuing Legal Education Institute Seminar, 1998
  • Computation of Child Support in High Income Cases, Ohio Continuing Legal Education Institute Seminar, 1996
  • Preparation of the Initial Complaint, Motion, and Responsive Pleadings in a Divorce Action, Ohio Continuing Legal Education Institute Seminar, 1994
  • Instructor, Family Law Issues, Center for New Directions, various dates

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer, Ohio Super Lawyers Magazine, 2010 to Present
  • Ohio's Top Lawyers, Columbus CEO magazine, 2010 to Present
  • President's Award Committee Chairperson, Columbus Bar Association, 2006

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Member
  • Columbus Bar Association, Member
  • Columbus Bar Association, Chairman, Family Law Committee, 2004 - 2006

Past Employment Positions

  • Douglas B. Dougherty and Associates, Principal Attorney, 1985 - 2005
  • Robert C. Paxton and Associates, Associate Attorney, 1982 - 1984
  • Ohio State Legal Services Association, Staff Attorney, 1980 - 1982

Pro Bono Activities

  • Interfaith Legal Clinic, Volunteer Attorney, provided free legal information and legal advice to low-income clients
  • Ohio Poverty Law Center, Instructor, taught course regarding family law issues
  • Columbus Legal Aid Society, Author and Instructor, created materials and taught course regarding family law issues
  • Columbus Bar Association, Member, Committee on Pro Bono Representation
  • Center for New Directions, Author and Instructor, created materials and taught courses regarding family law issues

Ancillary Businesses

  • Mediation – In Matters Involving Divorce, Dissolution, and other Family Law Issues
  • Expert Witness – In Matters Involving Divorce, Dissolution, and other Family Law Issues