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Rainer Erich Steinhoff

Juvenile law Attorney at Columbus, OH

5.0   5 reviews
  • Licensed for 31 years
    State OH
    Acquired 1992
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Rainer

Learn Rainer’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Juvenile law
    Juvenile delinquency, abuse, neglect, and dependency.

    32 years

  2. Divorce and separation
    If both parties can agree on the terms, a dissolution of marriage is efficient. It can be filed by one attorney, or can involve two attorneys if the couple prefers.

    31 years

  3. Family
    You can find the strong advocate you require in Rainer Steinhoff. Attorney Rainer Steinhoff has been representing clients in divorce and family law matters for more than 20 years.

    31 years

  4. Child custody
    Ohio law mandates that child custody determinations be made with the children’s best interest in mind. Rainer tries to arrive at the child custody determination without resorting to litigation.

    31 years

Fan of classical music and jazz; former actor in theater; retired classical music radio announcer.

Photos and videos

Downtown Columbus, View from the Art Museum (Copyright 2020 Rainer Steinhoff)
Office Building Lobby (Copyright 2020 Rainer Steinhoff)
Downtown Columbus, Front of Courthouse (Copyright 2020 Rainer Steinhoff)
Downtown Columbus, Common Pleas Court (Copyright 2020 Rainer Steinhoff)


Rainer Steinhoff
100 E. Campus View Blvd. Suite 250
Columbus, OH, 43235

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Posted by Ami | April 4, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Diligent , intelligent, dedicated
He guided me throughout each step of my arduous divorce process. He was patient with my questions. Responded in a timely manner and was very proactive with the documentation, communication that was needed. Through his efforts was able to do mediation thus avoiding prolonged, expensive trial. Highly recommend
Posted by Arthur | September 23, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Caring and Knowledgable
I needed an attorney for dissolution of a long term marriage. I was not very familiar with the steps of dissolution and Attorney Rainer Steinhoff helped by informing me about this overall process, as well as providing valuable legal opinions when questions arose. He is very knowledgeable about family law and provided me with sound guidance when I was faced with specific situations which had to be dealt with. Mr. Steinhoff listened to me carefully and compassionately, and I have high regard for him. He put me at ease during a very difficult time, I am grateful for his kindness and knowledge.
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Posted by Julie | October 29, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
A truly great attorney
Rainer is a wonderful attorney and knows the law very well. He thinks of the details others may miss. He is straight forward in a kind way and not pushy. I highly recommend him if you are looking for an attorney. Rainer also is fair with his pricing.
Posted by Marissa | September 4, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Child Custody
Mr. Steinhoff is incredibly gracious and helpful. He was very accommodating. I moved to a new county after hiring him and he still represented me. He truly cares about his clients. When things got tough he would send funny emails or tell funny jokes, at appropriate times, to try and lighten the mood. He fought hard for my desired outcome while continuing to keep my expectations realistic. Luckily, in my case, we achieved my desired outcome and it is largely in part to Mr. Steinhoff's hard work and dedication. I highly recommend this lawyer. He truly cared about the best interest of all those involved in my case.
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Posted by LaTonia | February 13, 2014
Compassionate, Attentive & Experienced
During a difficult time in my life, Attorney Rainer Steinhoff helped me to work toward a settlement that gave me peace of mind and closure. He was flexible in scheduling meeting times with me and took the time to make sure I understood the law and helped me to make decisions that supported the best interests of my children. His helpful guidance and use of whimsy helped to minimize the stress to me and my family during this difficult time. If you’re looking for a compassionate, attentive and experienced family law attorney…look no further! I’d definitely recommend him to anyone in need of his services.
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 220-240 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 9.3 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Self Employed
  • 2005 - Present
  • Staff Attorney
  • Legal Aid Society
  • 2000 - 2005
  • Self-employed
  • Attorney At Law
  • 1992 - 2000
  • Legal Intern
  • Prosecutor
  • 1992 - 1992
  • Legal Intern
  • Prosecutor
  • 1991 - 1991
  • Moot Court Member
  • University Of Cincinnati College Of Law
  • 1991 - 1992
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  • University of Cincinnati College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1992
  • Ohio State University
  • MA - Masters
  • 1973
  • Ohio State University
  • MA - Master of Arts
  • 1971
  • Ohio State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1969
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • Custody trial
  • Good result for client
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Dismissed; record sealed.


  • Central Ohio Association of Juvenile Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Federal District Court
  • 1993 - Present
  • Lawyers Performance Ensemble
  • Founding Member; Play Selection Committee; Actor/Producer
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Family Law Committee, Columbus Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - 2005
  • Lawyers Performance Ensemble
  • Actor, producer
  • 1997 - 2000
  • Columbus Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1993 - 2013
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1993 - 2022
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Languages Spoken

  • German

Honors and Awards

  • Top 25 Divorce Lawyers Columbus
  • Expertise
  • 2017
  • One of Central Ohio's Top Lawyers
  • Columbus CEO Magazine
  • 2016
  • Moot Court Member
  • University of Cincinnati College of Law
  • N/A

Speaking Engagements

  • Plays with legal themes
  • Theater performances
  • 2006
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Continuing Legal Education: Divorce Procedure
  • 2004
  • Columbus Bar Association
  • Actor/Producer/Tech Crew in plays with legal themes
  • 1999
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Actor in Trial Practice scenarios
  • 1999
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Actor in Jury Selection
  • 1999
  • Course for Paralegals
  • Business Law
  • 1999
  • Family Violence
  • Domestic Violence
  • N/A
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Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (31)
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Child custody Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I worked with Rainer on a contentious custody issue. He was calm, careful, and well-informed. He approached the case with professionalism and never treated anyone with anything less than respect. He was wonderful to work with."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 29
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Rainer Steinhoff is an excellent divorce attorney. He advocates for his clients and helps resolve issues. I have worked with him as opposing attorneys in a divorce case, and I recommend him as a solution oriented attorney."
Juvenile law Attorney | Dec 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Attorney Steinhoff always approaches each case with careful precision. He is kind and compassionate when dealing with his clients, and with other attorneys. Some lawyers are able to get things accomplished by bullying others. I prefer Attorney Steninhoff's approach. He is always prepared and cordial, and achieves results for his clients by being a statesman."
Juvenile law Attorney | Sep 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. He is very personable and knowledgable. He shows up to court prepared and he maintains good relationships with his colleagues."
Juvenile law Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Rainer has a keen sense of when to settle and when to go to trial. The case on which I worked alongside him as co-counsel had to be tried. Rainer helped me in formulating creative and powerful issues for an appeal. A sharp legal mind, but he also understands the importance of listening to clients."
Juvenile law Attorney | Apr 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Juvenile law Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rainer truly cares for his clients. He works hard on advocating for his clients and making sure that their rights are being properly asserted."
Family Attorney | Mar 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Rainer is an exceptional attorney who is very attentive to every case. He has a vast knowledge of the law."
Juvenile law Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Rainer is an excellent juvenile attorney. His ability to communicate and work for the client's best interest is outstanding."
Family Attorney | May 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Rainer. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I know Mr. Steinhoff as we were co-workers several years ago. I find him to be very ethical and knowledgeable. I have also more recently, worked on cases as opponents. I can say that Mr. Steinhoff is a good and reasonable negotiator and quite competent. I would have no problem referring a client to him."
Family Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I see Rainer down at the courthouse quite often. I have never heard any negative comments about him and he always appears to be prepared for his cases."
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Columbus Juvenile law Lawyer Rainer Erich Steinhoff
Rainer Erich Steinhoff
Juvenile law Attorney
Columbus, OH
Licensed for 31 years
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