Columbus, Ohio 43017
From the inception of collaborative family law in Ohio in 1999/2000, I have contributed professionally in whatever way I could to promote the development and use of collaborative law and of our local Central, Ohio collaborative practice organization, Central Ohio Academy of Collaborative Divorce Professionals. All of my efforts to further the development of collaborative family law in Central Ohio, and to further my own development as a trained collaborative attorney, have been for a singular purpose. This purpose is to give the consumers of family law legal services and my clients a better process to terminate a marriage and resolve the issues that are involved in terminating a marriage, than previously what has been available to the public in contested divorce court actions. For a number of reasons, collaborative law works best for the vast majority of people. With the recent passage of House Bill 461, the new Collaborative Family Law Act, passed unanimously by both the Ohio House and the Ohio Senate in 201`2 (with the support of the Ohio State Bar Association and the Ohio Judicial Conference), collaborative family law is quickly becoming the process of choice for Ohio residents who are terminating a marriage. I invite you to see my credentials and further information on this web site and also at my web site: http://www.sponsellerlaw.com
Professional Activities*Collaborative Practice Group Membership: International Association of Collaborative Professionals and Central Ohio Academy of Collaborative Divorce Professionals *Central Ohio Academy of Collaborative Divorce Professionals: Founding Member (2000) Member (2000-Present) Secretary (2006-2007 and 2009-Present) Vice President/President Elect (2007-2008) Past President (2008-2009) * Board Certified Specialist in Family Relations Law, Ohio State Bar Association (2006-Present) * Columbus Bar Association: Board of Governors (1986-1989) Family Law Committee (1990-Present) Fee Arbitration Committee (2007-Present) Long Range Planning Committee (1995) Franchise & Distribution Law Committee (1992-1996) Admissions Committee (1977-1985) Professional Ethics & Grievance Committee (1982-1986) * Columbus Bar Foundation, Board Trustee (1982-1986) * The Ohio State University College of Law Alumni Association: President (1990-1991) President-Elect (1989-1990) Secretary (1988-1989) * Ohio Super Lawyer (2003-Present) * AV Rated Martindale-Hubbell (1997-Present) * Best Lawyers in America (1995-Present) *Personal Interest/Activities: Active Member and Member of Church Council of the Upper Arlington Lutheran Church, Upper Arlington and Hilliard, Ohio; Kairos Torch Prison Ministry (for incarcerated juveniles at Scioto Juvenile Correctional Facility, Powell, Ohio); Dog Rescue (Bichon Frisce and Golden Retriever); Cat Rescue; Gardening; Snow Skiing
The Ohio State University
The Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law, J.D.