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Merisa Khourey Bowers

Family Attorney at Columbus, OH

4.9   17 reviews

About Merisa

Learn Merisa’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    Strong emphasis in negotiating dissolutions, shared parenting, and uncontested divorces; contested divorces and post-decree modifications

    13 years

  2. Family
    Divorce, dissolution, child custody, shared parenting, shared custody, LGBT family law, child support, prenuptial agreements

    13 years

  3. Litigation
    Civil Protection Order, Domestic Violence Civil Protection Order, Civil Stalking and Sexually Oriented Civil Protection Order litigation - both for petitioner and respondent

    12 years

  4. Mediation
    Family law (custody, support, allocation of assets and debts, allocation of parental rights and non-parental rights) mediation services

    7 years

Whether your case requires us to slay dragons or take a more nuanced approach, we handle each client's matter with a thoughtful strategy.
Merisa has been mentored by some of the State's top litigators and understances the need for a holistic approach in family law matters.
Merisa lives in Gahanna with her family, where she serves as a member of the City Council.  She enjoys the outdoors and good food and looks forward to being able to travel again.

Merisa grew up in Canton, Ohio, always an advocate for justice and fairness and born problem-solver. A 2005 graduate of the University of Cincinnati (BA with Departmental Honors), and a 2009 graduate of the Case Western Reserve University School of Law (cum laude) in Cleveland, the practice of law was exactly the right fit.

​Putting her natural advocacy to work, Merisa succeeded in launching her law practice in the midst of the Recession in Cincinnati in 2010, relocating to Central Ohio in 2012. April 2021, Merisa joined the law firm of Artz, Dewhirst & Wheeler, LLP as Attorney of Counsel.

Ohio State Bar Association 2012 Bar College Member

2013-2014 Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers

National LGBT Bar Association's Top 40 under 40, 2016

2019, 2021 Ohio Rising Star, SuperLawyers

AVVO 10.0 Rating


Gahanna Area Chamber of Commerce (2013-present)

National LGBT Bar Association, Family Law Institute Member (2013-present)

Ohio State Bar Association (2009-2019)

Columbus Bar Association (2012-present)

Central Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (2010-2019)

Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (2010-2019)

Licensed for 13 years
State OH
Status Active
Acquired 2009
Updated 11/14/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Merisa

Artz, Dewhirst, & Wheeler, LLP
560 E. Town Street
Columbus, OH, 43215


4.9 / 5.0
  17 customer reviews
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Posted by Brian | September 21, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent representation for prenup
I was referred to Merisa by a trusted friend (who is also an attorney) in order to represent me and draft a prenup prior to my marriage to my husband. I found her representation to be excellent. Our consultations were held via video conference, which was helpful given the pandemic. Even though my husband and I were on the same page with everything going into this process, Merisa pointed out other things that we had not thought of.
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Posted by Mattie | May 27, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommed!
Merisa Bowers helped me with a very difficult juvenile matter. It was a very high stress situation. However, as soon as I consulted with Merisa, she put my mind at ease as she immediately started putting together an action plan. She also made my daughter feel very comfortable, as she had to discuss personal details, which is very difficult for a child in this situation. Merisa is very professional and compassionate. She and her office staff have excellent communication and they responded very quickly to any questions I had. From start to finish, I knew I was in good hands!
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Posted by Beth | May 27, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Compassionate and detail oriented.
I had a consultation, which resulted in hiring Merisa, for my dissolution. It was a very sad and scary time for me and I'll never forget her sitting there with me while I'm in tears, for an hour, helping me to understand what my rights were and to make sure I was ready. She and her staff are very responsive and affordable and made this sad experience, easier.
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Posted by anonymous | January 29, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Terrific Attorney
I contacted Merisa regarding paternity/family legal matters concerning my spouse. On a week's notice, she was able to work us into her schedule. She walked us through everything, discussed possibilities and options based on her knowledge of the law as well as her experience with similar cases. She explained things to us in simple language, with empathy and compassion. She took years of worry away from us in an hour and offered ongoing support. Merisa is a member of various legal groups, which allowed her to not only council us on current law, but also potential adaptations of family law based on current events. Merisa has our highest recommendation and will be retained by our family if the need arises.
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Posted by Tony | October 2, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
We found Ms Bowers to be very thorough and showed a very strong interest in our case. She always responded very quickly to any questions we had. She was very knowledgeable and professional.
Posted by Carol | November 25, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
What a Relief!
I had been dealing with a stalker for quite a while before I met with Merisa. From our first conversation, she understood my situation and offered compassion and support. Merisa was very knowledgeable about my options and helped me map out a strategy. I am so appreciate of her assistance.
Posted by Dave | October 18, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Merisa was excellent representing me in a traffic case. Her guidance and expertise helped me secure the best possible outcome - case dismissed! I highly recommend her and will not hesitate to hire her if needed again. Thanks Merisa!!
Posted by Mike | August 7, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Divorce Lawyer in Ohio!
Merisa represented me in my divorce and I cannot tell you how throughly impressed I was with everything she did. There was a lot at stake for me - military pension, federal pension, 401k and multiple real estate assets. She handled the opposing counsel, who was particularly unprofessional to her, with great skill and she pressed my case. I couldn’t have been more pleased with the outcome. She always returned my calls and answered any questions. She provided me with excellent representation and gave me the legal advice and direction I needed. I give her my highest recommendations and anyone who needs a great attorney who is always in your corner, will be your advocate, and is the consummate professional - you will definitely be impressed and I promise there is absolutely no better attorney than Merisa. She is simply outstanding!
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Posted by Douglas | March 7, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Possibly the Best Attorney Ever
I had the distinct pleasure of having Merisa represent me in an OVI case (obviously a rather unfortunate occurrence in my life). My case was rather abnormal as I hadn't been drinking, but the prosecutors and police didn't seem to think this was a problem in pursuing extremely aggressive penalties against me, including jail time and fines in the thousands of dollars. When I first met Merisa, she was honest, up front and understanding. I've only had to hire an attorney one other time and that time I interviewed several potential attorneys before deciding on one. In this case, I was convinced within the first 10 minutes of our very first meeting that Merisa was THE attorney for me. Boy was I right! I was facing 2 counts of OVI charges, I lost my license and things looked incredibly gloomy. Merisa knows her stuff, she noticed a clerical mistake the government made in suspending my license and within 3 days of having it taken away, she got it returned to me, thus relieving me of a huge burden of having to find an alternative means of finding my way to work. Beyond that, she aggressively attacked the governments case against me in an extremely detailed oriented method. She found small mistakes that made big differences. While she is a ferocious attorney, she has the most friendly and easy going attorney. In the court room, both judges and prosecutors smile at her and this is certainly one reason she is such a successful attorney. That is, despite the veracity with which she defenders her clients, she never fails to be professional, friendly and understanding both to myself as the defendant, but also to the others involved in the case such as the judge and prosecutor. I noticed this went a long way. I also noticed that Merisa was well known in the court house and treated with respect. I think this is just another testament to her character, knowledge and expertise. I'll finish my review by saying this, if you are ever in a position of needing an OVI attorney, or deciding between Merisa and another attorney, don't be silly, go with Merisa (you'll thank me later). Thanks again Merisa. I am so happy I decided to retain your services. You're amazing!
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Posted by Karen | March 9, 2015
Came to the rescue!!
Merisa was so helpful with me from the very beginning, giving me guidence & advise in a bad situation & before she even asked for any $. She was a lifesaver for my family! Thanks Merisa, I couldnt have made it through our ordeal without you!
Posted by anonymous | December 7, 2014
Understanding and Knowledgable
In August I was pulled over for an OVI. I was embarrassed and ashamed when I first visited her office, but Merisa empathized with my situation and gave the best legal advice and guidance. She was able to get me a lower tier plea and only 1 year of probation. Her professionalism is unmatched and I would highly recommend her.
Posted by Adam | November 21, 2014
I highly recommend!
I have used legal services a few times in the past and always felt like there was something lacking, or that my case was not very important to my attorney. Merisa has assisted me twice now and I can honestly say that in the future I will look no further when seeking legal counsel. I could tell right away that she not only cared about me as her client and the importance of my cases, she is very diligent and responds quickly to questions or concerns, and is very easy to talk to as well. The two times I used Merisa, the cases were very personal in nature and something that I thought I would have trouble discussing, but she made me feel very comfortable and it really helped me to be able to speak freely about my concerns and my case. I have also referred people to her office that have been very pleased with the service they received.
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Posted by jim | November 19, 2014
Straightforward and honest.
I hired Merisa for a long standing legal issue that I had troubles getting clarification for, she went right through the BS that we as the general public would have to go through and that I had been through. She got my answers I needed to resolve this issue and got it quickly. Thank you Merisa for your help.
Posted by Andria | June 1, 2014
Caring, compassionate and a very hard worker!
Merisa was extremely caring about my situation. She kept me informed every step of the way. She worked hard for my daughters safety. I highly recommend her to anyone needing a lawyer for a domestic dispute. She treated me with dignity and respect. Excellent service.
Response from Merisa Bowers November 19, 2014
Thank you so much for the kind review. It is truly appreciated.
Posted by Todd | May 31, 2014
Almost 2 years ago I was faced with the difficult decision to file for a divorce. Having a child involved I was very concerned with maintaining my parental rights and custody. I searched the internet and found a lawyer that appeared to be very good. I hired him and after paying a lot of money in retainers, I was left a year and a half later no further than where I started. I was referred to Marisa through a friend and I couldn't have been happier with how she handled my case. From the beginning Marisa communicated every aspect of my case. In addition, we moved forward from day one. When opposing counsel delayed Marisa filed the proper paper work to force the expedition of the case. Although the opposing counsel seemed interested in dragging it out to rack up their bill, Marisa worked fast and efficient. Keeping my bill to a minimum. In fact she completed my case from start to finish for less than my original retainer from my first lawyer, who essentially did nothing. I would urge anyone seeking legal service to contact Marisa. I am more than happy with the results she provided me and at the end of the day it was fair to all parties involved, even my ex wife who had a shady lawyer was appreciative of Marisa's willingness to work things out amicably.
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Response from Merisa Bowers November 19, 2014
Thank you! I am so grateful for such a thoughtful and kind review!
Posted by David | June 12, 2013
Her work was prompt, while keeping me well informed. I will highly recommend her services!
From the moment we were in contact she seems to have the ability to go right to the heart of the matter. She was very courteous and attentive, and prompt! I have used 4 attorney's in my life and she was the best of them all. Does not speak down to you. I will always seek her counsel in legal matters in the future!
Response from Merisa Bowers November 19, 2014
Thank you very much for the very kind review! It is so important to me to communicate clearly and respectfully with my clients, so it's good to hear that you felt that way, too!
Posted by Kenya | November 26, 2014
Great lawyer!!!!!
Merisa did a great job handling my divorce proceedings. Her knowledge of Ohio law and her patience were greatly appreciated at a time when my emotions were flying high.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 225-225 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Merisa K. Bowers Attorney at Law LLC
  • 2010 - Present
  • Law Clerk
  • Friedman & Gilbert
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Judicial Extern
  • U.S. District Court, N.D. Ohio
  • 2007 - 2007
  • Worker's Compensation Administrative Assistant
  • Dinsmore & Shohl
  • 2005 - 2006
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  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2009
  • University of Cincinnati
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2005

Legal Cases

  • U.S. v. Keys
  • Not Guilty Jury Verdict
  • State v. Finn
  • Obtained plea to misdemeanor on day of trial, misdemeanor subsequently expunged


  • National LGBT Bar Association
  • Family Law Institute
  • 2014 - Present
  • Columbus Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Gahanna Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Central Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • President
  • 2016 - 2018
  • Columbus Bar Association
  • LGBT Committee Co-Chair
  • 2013 - 2015
  • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Attorney Member
  • 2012 - 2020
  • Central Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2012 - 2019
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2009 - 2019
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Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40
  • National LGBT Bar Association
  • 2016
  • Ohio Bar College
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • 2013
  • CALI Award for performance in course: American Legal Profession
  • CALI
  • 2009
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Speaking Engagements

  • Family Law Institute
  • Practical Considerations for LGBT Family Law Matters
  • 2019
  • Springfield Human Resources Managers Association Monthly Luncheon (May)
  • Legal Issues for Transgender Students and Employees
  • 2016
  • Moyer Inns of Court May Meeting
  • Obergefell v. Hodges - Same Sex Marriage
  • 2015
  • Lavender Law Conference
  • Bi Law
  • 2015
  • Women's Defense Network CHL Course
  • Concealed Handgun Laws and Issues
  • 2013
  • First Annual Secular Summit, Columbus, Ohio
  • Alternative Relationships and Secularism
  • 2013
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Attorney endorsements

Received (13)
Given (11)
Family Attorney | Apr 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I highly endorse Merisa in all facets of family law. She is an effective advocate for her clients, a skilled negotiator, and possesses a wealth of legal knowledge."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Merisa brings honesty and integrity to every case. Her knowledge of the law is excellent, and she zealously advocates for her client's best interests, while remaining efficient and showing concern for the greater good. I gladly refer clients to Merisa, knowing they will receive excellent representation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Bowers is widely respected and an excellent attorney and I certainly endorse her as an attorney to meet your legal needs."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Merisa is a consummate professional with a detailed and thorough approach. I endorse this attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Merisa is professional and hardworking. Her work shows dedication to her clients and her clients are always happy with her work. I refer clients in the Columbus area to her with confidence she will provide them with excellent representation."
Family Attorney | Dec 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I worked with Merisa on a case in Franklin County Juvenile Court. I was impressed with her professionalism and how she fought for her client."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 08
Relationship: Other
"Merisa is an excellent attorney. I personally refer Ohio clients to Merisa on a regular basis as I know she will provide the best representation possible. Merisa's high work ethic coupled with her competency level makes her a well-rounded attorney in every aspect. I fully endorse Merisa Bowers."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have co-counseled a couple of criminal cases with Merisa. I was highly impressed with both her work ethic and the way she works with clients. The clients actually thanked me for bringing her into their cases because she took the time to give their matter her full attention. She was always available to them and answered their questions. She showed great respect and compassion towards clients who were going through a scary time in their life. Recently a client of mine had family law issue in Columbus, Ohio. I was meeting with the client on a Saturday afternoon and I called Merisa's office number expecting to leave a message to contact my client. Merisa answered the phone and spoke with my client right then and there (ON A SATURDAY AFTERNOON)! To this day my client is grateful to me for referring her to Merisa. Merisa has a never failed to impress me."
Family Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Bowers is a talented attorney dedicated to assisting clients through complex and difficult family legal matters. She is smart, professional, and responsive."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Friend
"Merisa is a no-nonsense type of lawyer. Whether in a criminal case or domestic matter, she knows what your rights are and will make sure that she looks out for you. If you are looking for an advocate, she is a great attorney to have on your side."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Merisa is extremely knowledgeable. She is zealous advocate for her clients."
Family Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Bowers and I often come into contact with each other at networking events. Ms. Bowers' clients are very vocal about what a great job she does. She is prompt, courteous and she knows the local practice and procedures. Ms. Bowers will be moving to Columbus this summer and she will be greatly missed in Cincinnati. I own property in Columbus and if I ever need an attorney up there, I will use Ms. Bowers."
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Columbus Family Lawyer Merisa Khourey Bowers
Merisa Khourey Bowers
Family Attorney
Columbus, OH
Licensed for 13 years