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Gary Jay Gottfried

Family Attorney at Westerville, OH

4.9   23 reviews
  • Licensed for 50 years
    State OH
    Acquired 1973
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About Gary

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Practice areas
  1. Family
    As a part of my practice I have considerable experience in the area of International Divorce Matters including the drafting of pre martial agreements and matters involving child abduction and the return of children under the Hague Convention. In addition I am familiar with the procedures necessary for the service of divorce paperwork in foreign countries.

  2. Child support
    I have presented numerous lectures n the area of child support to both lawyers and judges and magistrates throughout the State of Ohio.

  3. Divorce and separation
    I am a certified by the Ohio State Bar Association in family law .I also serve as a member of the Ohio State Bar Association Family Law Specialty Board which certifies attorneys in family law. In addition I am a fellow in both the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers ( Past President-Ohio Chapter) and the International Academy of Family Lawyers.


Gary is certified as a Family Law Specialist by the Ohio State Bar Association. He is a former Adjunct Professor at the Capital University Law School, where he taught family law in the Legal Assistants Program. He is currently a lecturer in the area of family law at the Ohio Judicial College and the Oho Association of Domestic Relations Magistrates. 


Gary has also presented lectures in the areas of family law and trial practice on behalf of various Bar Associations throughout the State of Ohio, the Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, and The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (Ohio Chapter), The International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (United States Chapter), and The National Association of Legal Secretaries.


Gary is the co-author of a chapter on International Family Law in Sowald & Morgenstern 2 Volume Series on Domestic Relations Law. Gary is a Fellow of The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (Ohio Chapter), and a Fellow of The International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (United States Chapter). He has been named an "Ohio Super Lawyer" every year since 2005 and one of Ohio's Top 100 Lawyers.


Gary Gottfried is admitted to practice law before all courts in the State of Ohio. In addition he is admitted to practice law before the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio and The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.


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Gary J. Gottfried Co., LPA
608 Office Parkway
Suite B
Westerville, OH, 43082


4.9 / 5.0
  23 customer reviews
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Posted by Lauren | January 19, 2018
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Extraordinary Legal Representation
My divorce and ensuing custody battle was one of the most painful and emotionally draining experiences I have ever faced. From the beginning, Gary instilled a feeling of confidence in me and was there for me every step of the way. Gary and his staff were always available for questions and guidance. Gary is not only an outstanding, experienced attorney but one that I was able to forge a trusted relationship with. If you are looking for an accomplished, personable, trustworthy attorney to represent and guide you through a very difficult process Gary is absolutely the right attorney for you! I am happy to state my case ended up working out with the best results possible. I am very satisfied with the service I received as well as the final results!
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Posted by Matthew | June 7, 2023
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I am a difficult client
I will admit that I am a difficult client. I am hard headed, quick tempered, fast to act, and I think I know better. Gary worked with me through my two plus year divorce even though I am that difficult client. He talked me through different issues, gave me options and sage advice. We got the result we were looking for. Gary is a smart, seasoned lawyer that will give you good advice in a timely manner. He put up with all my BS, but got me through my divorce. For that, I will be ever thankful.
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Posted by Brad | January 15, 2023
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The best there is!…. period
Mr. Gottfried handled my case for three years now. My son’s mom filed to reduce my time, which we had 50/50 for the last seven years before she filed. Meeting with Mr. Gottfried for the first time I knew he was my guy. He is very prompt in returning calls and e-mails and I can say this promptness has not dropped the slightest over the last three years (even on his days off). He made sure when the trial date finally came that we had everything lined up to negate everything she filed plus things that could come up in trial so we were ready to present them to fight. He makes sure you are prepared for any questions and have evidence to back you up. We have gone through a magistrate appeal and now seven more months later it is looking like she will appeal the judge’s decision. Not only did Mr Gottfried have a rebuttal for all of her bogus claims, we actually asked for an additional over night to which it was granted. When this is dragged out over three years so far, there are times to which you question yourself. Mr Gottfried would reassure me and talk me down from those times. He is honest with you, some attorneys are there to collect a check, but not him. He gave me his opinion when I asked, based off his career in these cases, but also said it’s up to you Brad. I cannot say enough about him or give him the praise he deserves. I have referred friends to him because he is the best…period! If you are in need of an attorney for custody cases, call him. You will not be disappointed, trust me.
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Posted by Jacob | August 16, 2022
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International child custody
Gary represented me phenomenally as an expert witness, he was highly astute and Incredibly cognizant and professional. Although my case ended before it went to trial I felt that his contributions made a huge impact and I was so thankful to have received his services, he would be the first person I go to if I find myself in that situation again.
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Posted by Aaron | May 13, 2022
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A difference maker
I had a consultation with Gary based on the recommendation of a friend. I was using another attorney and was making no progress with my divorce. The advice I had been receiving was not clear or direct. Gary boiled everything down to basic facts and set realistic expectations. His strategic advice led to me being able to negotiate a dissolution agreement with my ex in a very short period of time. As an attorney myself, I was impressed with Gary's approach and would recommend him to anyone who asks.
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Posted by anonymous | May 5, 2022
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Gary couldn’t be any easier to work with.
Gary was with me for every step of my journey. He helped me with all my dumb question’s and with all my concerns. Not at one time did he ever put me on the back burner. He always made me feel like I was the only client he had. Even though I know I wasn’t. Sometimes he would just talk to me just to see how I was doing. To assure me that things would get better and that he had my back. You don’t find that much now a day in people, let alone in an attorney.
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Posted by Derrick | December 17, 2021
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Amazing Attorney!
Gary is an outstanding Attorney! He fought hard for me during my divorce and I ended up getting a successful outcome when it was done. He's detailed, friendly and knows the law. His staff is excellent! If you need an Attorney that will fight for you, please contact him. Highly recommended!!
Posted by Forrest | February 5, 2021
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Divorce involving Japanese national
My ex-wife is Japanese and living in Japan. Gary was able to bring my case to a successful conclusion, in spite of the fact that we were in the middle of a global pandemic and my wife was uncooperative.
Posted by Kevin | January 5, 2021
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Terrific, experienced and wise
I came to Gary on referral from another trusted attorney. Gary is a straight shooting, no bs and highly skilled family law attorney. Gary and his team brought my matter to completion on terms that were materially better than expected.
Posted by Emily | November 2, 2020
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I really appreciated Gary’s honesty with me during my divorce process. My case was messy and long and he was patient and never failed to do his best to make sure the outcome was as fair as possible for me. Moments when I wanted to give up, he pushed me to fight for myself. In the end, I always listened to him and it was always worth it. He’s very smart, to the point, organized and just plain good at what he does.
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Posted by Danielle Dalton | July 20, 2020
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The Best
Mr. Gottfried is most likely the best lawyers I have ever dealt with. He is trusting, compassionate, and cares about his clients and will help them in any way that he can. I highly recommend him as a lawyer for any need. Thank you Mr. Gottfried for all that you've done to help me, when I did not know where else to turn.
Posted by David | April 29, 2020
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Hard situation made easier.
Gary is not only your attorney but a friend when these hard situations arise. He will advise you of what is in your best interests and also listen to the path you want to take through your dissolution or divorce. I am so glad I hired him!
Posted by anonymous | April 27, 2020
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He saved my marriage!
I had a situation where my marriage was considered void due to having a previous existing undissolved marriage. At the time I got married to wife number 2 I thought I was already divorced from wife number 1 who lives overseas. I had received faulty information and realized shortly after getting remarried that I was a bigamist. I was scared and hastily arranged a divorce on my own without legal help from wife number 1. I did not realize that marriage to wife number 2 was considered void even after obtaining a divorce from wife number 1. This was in 1992. Fast forward 28 years and before submitting Social Security retirement application I checked around and realized that my second marriage was technically invalid. I was scared and depressed once again. A couple other law firms said that, indeed, my second marriage was void. I called Gary Gottfreid after another firms receptionist said he may be able to help my situation due to his experience with international law. I am glad I did. He was able to get my second marriage validated as of the date of my divorce from wife number 1. He succeeded where others said it couldn't be done! Gary is a fine attorney with many years of experience which he will put to good use to resolve your legal issues. I cant say enough good about him!
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Posted by Jennifer | July 30, 2019
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The BEST of the best!
Attorney Gary Gottfried and his professional staff have been an integral part of my life over the last 18-months. I hired Mr. Gottfried to represent me in my complicated divorce case, his experience and expertise helped me achieve my desired, and well-deserved, outcome. Attorney Gottfried knows the court system inside and out, he is up-to-date and knowledgeable in the Ohio Revised Code. Mr.Gottfried is thorough, he is meticulous and goes above and beyond to ensure specificity and accuracy. Mr. Gottfried explains the law in a “non-lawyer” way so that his clients are able to comprehend and understand exactly the process that is underway. Attorney Gottfried is quick to respond to questions and easy to get in touch with, he works on the weekends, on vacation and from home. Albeit having a family of his own, he treats his clients as if they are a part of his family and is determined to do what is in the best interest of all parties involved, especially when children are effected by divorce. Mr. Gottfried cares about his clients, he works hard and treats every client and every case as if it was the only client and case he was working on, he goes above and beyond. His staff is amazing, they work just as hard as Mr. Gottfried and have the best interests for all, they too are easily accessible and highly knowledgeable; further, they show compassion and concern for your circumstance. If you are truly looking for the best of the best, Attorney Gary Gottfried is the counsel you should have represent and support you, he will not disappoint. He is intellectually inquisitive and he will work with you to achieve your desired results. Attorney Gary Gottfried is the best attorney and I highly recommend the services he has to offer, you will not be disappointed.
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Posted by anonymous | May 21, 2017
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Hague convention and divorce
Gary is a very smart and dedicated lawyer. He keeps reasonable business hours and is very prompt to respond to communication. He knows so much about law that it's constantly educational to be in his presence. He has a good sense of humor but doesn't beat around the subject. He has a straightforward manner that is important and he follows the legal process exactly. He is patient and able to read people well. He is expensive, but worth it. His entire firm is wonderful.
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Posted by anonymous | May 16, 2016
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Gary Gottfried, LPA
Throughout a very long and arduous divorce, Mr. Gottfried guided my case through a successful negotiation and settlement. I would highly recommend his talent, skills and knowledge.
Posted by Steve | March 7, 2016
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Excellent Attorney
Gary was very competent and effective in representing me. At all times I really believed that he was serving my interest in my case to the best of his ability. He was extemely professional and exhibited excellent follow through with all of his work. I had real peace of mind regarding my case because he was my attorney.
Posted by anonymous | March 6, 2016
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Spousal Support
During course my divorce proceeding and subsequent spousal support hearings, I have engage 4 different attorneys over two decades. The last attorney was Gary Gottfried and he was my was by far and away the best. He provided excellent legal advise during trial preparation and was very effective in the court room. He was able to quickly grasp some complex financial issues and was open to client input. However even more important than his legal advice, he provided me with provided me with excellent emotional support and council when needed.
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Posted by Mollie | August 16, 2014
The Best at what he does!!!!
I hired Gary Gottfried to help with a custody issue. Mr. Gottfried was extremely helpful, knowledgable and I received exactly what was needed in the situation. He is an amazing communicator, always kept me up to date on every detail and made me feel at ease in a very uneasy situation. Mr. Gottfried always made sure my child's best interest was first and foremost. I would hire him in any other future issues I may have. I would recommend him to any and every one.
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Posted by Curtis | June 10, 2014
A job well done!
I retained Mr. Gottfried after my dissolution turned nasty, from a suggestion from a friend. It didn't take very long to figure out my money was well spent. I would definitely recommend him and his team to anyone!
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Work Experience

  • Adjunct Professor
  • Capital University Law School
  • 2000 - 2007
  • Partner
  • Gottfried and Palmer
  • 1979 - 1994


  • Capital University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1973

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Rowell v Smith, Ohio Supreme Court
  • Trial Court can issue a temporary order
  • Frederick v. Frederick
  • The Child was returned to Germany


  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (Ohio chapter)
  • Past President
  • 1993 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Certified Family Law Specialist
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • 2007


Speaking Engagements

  • Fairfield County Bar Association family Law seminar
  • Family Law
  • 2013
  • Dayton Bar Association Family Law Seminar
  • Family Law
  • 2013
  • Ohio Association of Domestic Relations Judges
  • Family Law Update
  • 2012
  • Dayton Bar Association
  • Family Law
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (2)
Endorse Gary
Family Attorney | May 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the pleasure of hearing Gary speak on multiple occasions and always walk away with new and helpful information. Gary's experience and wealth of knowledge are surpassed only by his enthusiasm for the practice of law. He is a valuable asset to the family law community and one of the nicest people I have had the pleasure of meeting."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I highly recommend and endorse Gary. He is the consummate professional. He is a recognized scholar, a renowned litigator, and most importantly practices law with the highest degree of ethics and professionalism. I am proud to be a colleague. Douglas Brill"
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"If asked to recommend an attorney, Gary would be on my short list. Not only is he knowledgeable and has integrity, but he is a nice guy. Even when I am the opposing counsel, it is a pleasure to deal with a true fellow professional in the field of family law."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Gary for a number of years. He is widely respected by his peers and is excellent attorney and I certainly endorse him as an attorney to meet all your family legal needs."
Family Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. There's way too much that can be said about Gary. Simply stated, when it comes to domestic relations matters, he is one of the top attorneys in Ohio."
Family Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Gary is a first-rate lawyer who is well-respected by his peers, the courts and everyone in general. I would not hesitate to recommend Gary to anyone with a family law issue."
Family Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Gary for many years as a fellow lawyer. Gary is about as trustworthy and ethical as they come, as are the other lawyers in his office. He is very easy to work with both as an opposing counsel as well as a Guardian ad Litem. Gary is very responsive and on top of things."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Gary Gottfried is an outstanding litigator with a deep knowledge of the law. He practices in a highly ethical fashion. I recommend him without reservation."
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Westerville Family Lawyer Gary Jay Gottfried
Gary Jay Gottfried
Family Attorney
Westerville, OH
Licensed for 50 years