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Michelle Jeanette Askins

Family Attorney at Columbus, OH

4.4   9 reviews

also known as Michelle Meis

  • Licensed for 10 years
    State OH
    Acquired 2013
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Michelle

Learn Michelle’s areas of practice.

Practice area

The divorce process is multifaceted. Not only are you dividing your property and determining what is best for your children, but you are dealing with all the emotions that accompany these changes. Having practiced exclusively in the area of domestic relations since the beginning of her career, Michelle is particularly adept in guiding clients through all that the legal process may bring. Michelle values being open and upfront with her clients and ensuring that they feel knowledgeable about every stage of their case.

Michelle also represents clients in other family and matrimonial law matters including custody, visitation and support, post-decree modifications and enforcements, and appeals.

In her free time, Michelle enjoys traveling, working out, and spending time with her husband and their dog, Luna.

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Trolinger Law Offices, LLC
175 S. 3rd Street
Suite 720
Columbus, OH, 43215

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4.4 / 5.0
  9 customer reviews
Posted by Lou | February 26, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceeded my highest expectation
Michelle represented me in a very nasty custody case. At times, I was a mess and at the lowest spots in life. Michelle always knew exactly where I was emotionally and was so understanding. she was the only reason I was able to relax. I never doubted her advice and knew I was in the best of hands. She was straight forward and explained the plan all the way through the case. I was blown away by her knowledge and toughness in the court room. She will not be bullied around and in my opinion, opposing counsel will not sneak anything by her. She was extremely observant and 10 steps ahead of opposing counsel. She’s among the most brilliant minds I’ve encountered in life. She protected my family in ways I couldn’t have expected. Michelle deserves much more than I paid. The work she did in my case was outstanding!
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Posted by anonymous | October 26, 2018
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Dissolution Case
I worked with Michelle as my attorney on a dissolution proceeding. She answered all my questions in a timely manner, was responsive to my concerns and how I wanted to proceed at all times, and made the entire process go smoothly. I highly recommend.
Posted by Ron | June 9, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Michelle and I reviewed my dissolution. She made these matters very clear and understanding during my time of stress. Going forward, any body will benefit her professionalism and knowledge.
Posted by anonymous | April 17, 2018
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Excellent Attorney for Child Custody
Michele was my attorney during a very heated custody battle. During our meetings when I would be emotional and nervous she was always extremely professional and knowledgeable about what could and could not happen, what I should expect in court, and what my realistic expectations should be throughout the process. She was personable and candid, and will be my first call if services are needed again in the future.
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Posted by Mike | August 1, 2017
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Shared parenting agreement
I used Michelle to help me with a shared parenting agreement. She was always prompt to answer my questions and return calls. She also got a fair shared parenting plan for me (my almost exact terms to be precise) ...which can be hard to for an unmarried father. What I liked most was the fact that she took time to hear my specific situation and didn't try to push a cookie cutter agreement on me. Highly recommend.
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Posted by Josh | September 27, 2016
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Child Custody
I was referred to Michelle when she was at Barr Jones & Associates, which later she switched to Petroff Law Offices . Since day one, she exceeded my expectations and was fully focused on my case. Over the course of a year and a half, she got to know my situation and strived to get me toward my goal in a custody battle. Hands down, Michelle is the attorney you want to handle your case as she develops an individual plan for each client, and gets it done!
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Posted by anonymous | July 17, 2016
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Professional and Knowlegeable
Ms. Askins was patient enough to explain in detail the process and expectations of my case. My particular case was one that was thrown into my lap. She was able to drop everthing to be at my side with less than 24 hours notice! Her fees are clear cut and reasonable. In addition, she doesn't overprice, and refunds what is not used. Though this is the way I think most attorney's should bill, many I have dealt with in the past have not. Therefore, I would state that she is an honorable lawyer worth hiring again! All details were itemized, and I was consistently informed of how my money was being used in my case, as well as what information was being discussed. She was also calming and reassuring to have in my defense. Her knowledge and professional manners were able to win my case. I have already recommended her to others, and I will do so again! Thank you so much!
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Posted by anonymous | August 17, 2018
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For simple cases
I would hire her for simple cases but for complex ones, she wasn’t the best representing me. However, she is indeed very knowledgeable
Response from Michelle Askins August 20, 2018
I'm sorry that you feel this way about more complex matters, and while your anonymous posting makes it impossible to determine your identity with certainty, I have an idea. As such, I believe that there was a significant change in the route you chose to go with your case, on several instances, that was only communicated to me later on, thereby making it extremely difficult, if not next to impossible, to litigate your case to your satisfaction. From my recollection, you went back and forth between wanting to heavily litigate your case to wanting to save time/money and attempt to settle; the two simply cannot go hand in hand. Further, given our two opposing views of the case, we chose to amicably go our separate ways. I hope you were able to resolve your case to your satisfaction.
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Posted by Kylie | May 25, 2020
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I had very little money to afford a lawyer, I felt as if Michelle did not give me much advice or care much for my case. I did not do much research prior to hiring her and I wish I would have. I wasted quite a bit of money with nothing to show for it. During our first hearing she sat and socialized with the opposing party while I sat nervous, uncomfortable and alone a few seats down. I am a very social person and understand they maybe friends but while I was paying for her services I would have preferred for her to have not been socializing with my ex and his lawyers. I ended up discontinuing my services with her and am now looking for a more professional, experienced counsel.
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Response from Michelle Askins May 27, 2020
Kylie, I find it odd that you waited nearly a full year to post a review about a case that was nearly settled save for a few minor last steps. For you to now say that you are searching for a new attorney on a case that, due to time constraints alone, should be resolved or nearly resolved seems wholly disingenuous.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 350-350 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.4 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Senior Associate Attorney
  • Trolinger Law Offices, LLC
  • 2023 - Present
  • Owner / Mediator
  • Meis Mediation Services, LLC
  • 2023 - Present
  • Owner
  • Meis Freelance, LLC
  • 2022 - 2023
  • Partner
  • Trolinger Law Offices, LLC
  • 2021 - 2022
  • Family Law Associate
  • Barr, Jones & Associates, LLP
  • 2015 - 2015
  • Associate Attorney
  • Petroff Law Offices, LLC
  • 2015 - 2021
  • Associate Attorney
  • Ralph A. Kerns & Associates
  • 2013 - 2014
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  • Capital University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2013
  • The Ohio State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2010

Sample of Legal Cases

  • 2017-CA-27
  • Appellate Court upheld the trial court's decision awarding mother sole custody and father no visitation.
  • Confidential
  • Negotiated settlement in lieu of trial. Mother received sole custody and father minimal parenting time.
  • Confidential
  • Father (client) received sole custody. Mother received minimal parenting time.


  • Columbus Bar Association, Family Law Committee
  • Member
  • 2020 - Present
  • Columbus Bar Association
  • Active Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Active Member
  • 2010 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Ohio Super Lawyers
  • 2023
  • Rising Star
  • Ohio Super Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Rising Star
  • Ohio Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Rising Star
  • Ohio Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Order of the Curia
  • Capital University Law School
  • 2013
  • CALI Award of Excellence - Adoption Law
  • Capital University Law School
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (6)
Endorse Michelle
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michelle is an excellent divorce and child custody attorney. I refer many family law matters to her because I know she will do a fantastic job. Her preparation of cases and knowledge of the law is what makes her one of the best domestic attorneys in the city."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Michelle Askins is a hard-working and dedicated divorce and custody lawyer in Columbus, Ohio. Highly recommended."
Family Attorney | Sep 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the opportunity to work with Michelle on several cases. She is an excellent attorney who truly cares about her clients and works hard to help them achieve the most desirable outcome for their case. I would definitely recommend Michelle to anyone looking for a great, caring attorney!"
Family Attorney | Dec 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michelle is knowledgeable in the area of family law and always diligent in her representation of clients. She has the benefit of supporting attorneys but is formidable standing alone. I recommend her to assist you."
Family Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Co-worker
"Michelle is a great asset to Petroff Law Offices. She works hard for her clients by listening to their concerns and developing an effective strategy to address them. Michelle's clients appreciate her candor and her compassion. She is a team player and is always willing to lend a hand to her colleagues."
Family Attorney | Jul 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is very knowledgeable and a highly skill advocate."
Family Attorney | Jul 07
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Michelle is a knowledgeable and dependable family law attorney. You can trust her to do a great job for you."
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