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Cindy M Kirby

Divorce and separation Attorney at Toledo, OH

4.9   76 reviews

About Cindy

Learn Cindy’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    34%
    My practice includes divorce, dissolution, civil domestic violence, juvenile law issues (custody, support, abuse, neglect and dependency cases), and LGBT legal issues throughout Ohio.

    30 years

  2. Child custody
    33%
    My practice includes divorce, dissolution, civil domestic violence, juvenile law issues (custody, support, abuse, neglect and dependency cases), and LGBT legal issues throughout Ohio.

    30 years

  3. Family
    33%
    My practice includes divorce, dissolution, civil domestic violence, juvenile law issues (custody, support, abuse, neglect and dependency cases), and LGBT legal issues throughout Ohio.

    30 years

Cindy Kirby  represents clients throughout the State of Ohio in the areas of domestic relations and juvenile law. She has extensive experience handling divorce, dissolution, separation, custody, parenting time, support issues, civil domestic violence cases and abuse/neglect/dependency cases.

 

She also has extensive experience representing the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities in family law issues, including co-custody of children and stepparent adoptions.

 

Cindy Kirby has been selected by the Supreme Court of Ohio to mentor new lawyers every year since 2009.

Licensed for 30 years
State OH
Status Active
Acquired 1992
Updated 11/09/2022

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

Contact Cindy

Kirby & Kirby, Ltd.
316 N. Michigan Street
Suite 818
Toledo, OH, 43604

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  76 customer reviews
Posted by Carrie S. | August 10, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
She is the one you want in your corner!
I have been working with Cindy through a very long, messy divorce for three years now. I know little to nothing about divorce law or legal language and I tend to get into a tizzy when I'm stressed. She has been extremely patient with me through this whole ridiculous ordeal. She explains things to me in laymen's terms so I can understand what's going on and if very understanding when I'm stressed because my ex is pulling one of his BS stunts...again. And I'm here to tell you guys that regardless of all the lies my ex and his lawyer tried to get away with at our divorce trial, Cindy sat and let them tell their lies and then blew them out of the water with evidence to prove they were liars. She let them hang themselves with their own lies in front of the judge and it was glorious. She is an absolute rock star in the court and out and she will run herself ragged to go above and beyond for you!!
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Posted by Jeff | June 1, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Child support
Cindy Kirby looked at my case and and took it. This was done through the VA.as a disabled vet. I can't be more thankful for her donated time! In my opinion Cindy performed over and above. Cindy is very professional and punctual, she sorted out a big mess with very favorable results. Again my thanks and I would highly recommend Cindy Kirby.
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Posted by Madison | April 14, 2022
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Excellent at getting what you need done
Cindy was great at listening to exactly what I needed/wanted in my case and validating that I deserved to be fought for. She always handled everything professionally and as quick as she could. I would recommend Cindy to any friend or family who needs an attorney.
Posted by Dianne | April 6, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
BEST DECISION I EVERY MADE
Very Friendly, knowledgeable and HONEST. Always informed me of my options in court and the cost!, which took over a one year. ALWAYS called me back within hours! ( not days) Unfortunately hired another attorney for same legal advice n was never given the PROFESSIONAL advice!! As I received from attorney Ms. Kirby. I’m to professional to give the other attorney name n Ms. Kirby would not want that!! BEST DECISION I EVER MADE!! TO HIRE ATTORNEY CINDY KIRBY!
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Posted by Haley | March 1, 2022
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A very good lawyer who is considerate of my situation
I first sought out Cindy because she is a representative of the LGBT+ community. During the time when Cindy was working my case she communicated with me clearly on what my options were and what would be the course of action, both legally and financially. I am trans but haven't had a legal change yet but she stressed numerous times to the court and other lawyer what my preferred pronouns and name is, which made me feel very well respected. I would recommend Cindy Kirby as a lawyer to anyone and I will hire her again if I'm in need of legal actions. Thank you Cindy for everything you done for me!
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Posted by Brittany | February 14, 2022
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Dissolution
Cindy made things very easy to understand and kept things very organized. My dissolution was very simple thanks to her.
Posted by Terry | January 20, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Dissolution
Cindy was very professional she explained the process in terms which were easy for me to understand was very upfront regarding her role qualifications cost and process. She kept me informed about everything olong the way and gave great advice , worked well with the opposition attorney and was extremely professional. I will be highly recommended her to clients and family members in the future
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Posted by TM | October 25, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Incredible lawyer, great to work with!
Going through a custody battle is a situation no one wants to be in. If you find yourself in that situation you want to be sure to hire someone who is knowledgeable, who will be a strong advocate and someone who will work incredibly hard for you. I cannot emphasize enough how valuable and important Cindy‘s legal advice and representation were in my child custody case. Cindy was the epitome of professionalism and offered wonderful advice, support, and representation for the duration of my child support case. She was incredibly responsive, detailed, and very aware of the law and tactics to best suit my situation. She enabled me to keep my son from being moved to another state which would have been devastating. Not only did she offer strong representation, but she also offered advice and helped as parts of my legal situation were incredibly challenging and emotionally taxing. Cindy provided amazing representation during an incredibly tough time and I am confident she was the best attorney I could have hired. Although I hope I do not have any further need, I would absolutely hire Cindy again and have recommended her to friends who have needed strong and professional legal representation. I believe that her excellent work helped to come to the best possible conclusion for my case. Absolutely recommend!!
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Posted by Kristene | October 18, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Hire this lawyer!
I wish I could give her more stars because Cindy truly goes the distance. My divorce and custody was the messiest situation imaginable, but Cindy handled things masterfully. I felt like I was her only client with how much care and time she devoted to my case. She was able to negotiate for more favorable outcome than I ever thought possible. Cindy is a steadfast lawyer who always took the time to explain legal pros and cons. I hope to never need her services again but you’d better believe I’ll be calling her if I do. Cindy I can’t thank you enough.
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Posted by Mary | October 2, 2021
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Thank you for your excellent legal service
Cindy gave me the best advice, assistance and guidance during one of the worst times of my life. I can’t say enough positive things about her patience and honesty and the peace of mind that gave me. She thoroughly explained all the legal information and made sure of my understanding all the way through my case.
Posted by anonymous | September 14, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
5 stars because I can't give 6
Cindy Kirby's advice was excellent. She helped me to feel calm and composed. Cindy was extremely well prepared. And most importantly, she won my case through multiple victories before the magistrate and the judge. What an excellent lawyer. Hire her before your competition does. After watching her lap other attorneys I would not want to be facing her. So glad she was on my side!
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Posted by Amber | May 25, 2021
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Excellent Attorney
She is absolutely excellent! I can’t say enough about her. She is excellent representation and takes care of everything! Cindy is amazing!
Posted by Ron | May 3, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Marriage Dissolution
Cindy Kirby is the ultimate professional. Cindy listens attentively to you and gives you expert legal advice. Anyone seeking legal representation in her field of expertise will be in safe hands. Cindy is available at virtually any time and that is very important for clients who need to get in touch with her after normal office hours. Her offices are easy to get to and there is plenty of available parking very close by.
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Posted by Michaela | December 31, 2020
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Highly recommended!!
Mrs. Kirby is amazing. She was kind, caring and treated me with respect. She listened to me and answered any and all questions quickly and thoroughly. Divorce isn't easy, even when it's necessary, and Mrs. Kirby really treated it as the delicate issue it is. She's a wonderful person and I'm very grateful for her and her services.
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Posted by David | December 29, 2020
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Professional Lawyer
Cindy was professional. She knew this process is not easy and emotional. She explained the usual process very well and answered all of my questions. I say usual because with COVID there were some events that didn't quite go like they usually do. Cindy has the client first mentality. I think my case (so very amicable with my ex wife) isn't the norm so having said that there were some suggestions from Cindy I didn't go with. Cindy is very up front with the money portion and told me this ... and I can't stress this enough ... if you want to save money with her and the other potential lawyer, you must take the time to figure out details with your soon to be ex. If you have to clear every question/answer/opinion with the lawyer, the costs can add up quickly. Cindy's monthly billing was accurate (and I am one to check these kinds of things). Cindy responded to my emails timely and took my calls (don't remember really calling much). When I was with her in person and someone else called, she politely told me to hold that thought, answered the phone and let the other person know she was with a client and would call them back. I hope I don't have to use another lawyer, but if I do (even if it's not her field of expertise), I would ask Cindy for her point of view.
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Posted by Jacob | September 30, 2020
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Child Custody
Cindy is very responsive. For example, she answeres her phone on Christmas to answer my questions and advise. She is more than just a lawyer; she is also a counselor that showed me compassion. She guided me and helped me change my entire mindset toward my sons mother. Due to her counseling, I learned to talk with my sons mother that didn't end in a fight. My ability to talk with my sons mother eventually lead to Cindy winning my court case and getting me 50:50 custody. When she takes you on as a client she takes care of you.
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Posted by Evelyn | September 19, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Awesome Attorney!
Cindy Kirby, Attorney at Law represented me during my divorce with tenacity, thorough scrutiny, and was always available on task! She made me feel that I was her only client and made all of the pieces of the divorce come together like a puzzle. She tells it like it is and also suggests what would be good for me. I feel that she is a fantastic Lawyer, One of the Best! Thank you Cindy!
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Posted by Gary | August 7, 2020
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Absolutely amazing lawyer.
Cindy Kirby was by far the best lawyer I have ever had. She made everything for my custody case for my daughter so easy to handle. She kept me updated on everything and she never left me in the dark. She will make sure you get what you want if you hire her. I will always go back to her and recommend her to everyone I know! She is the best of the best. And she really does care about what you want!
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Posted by Josh | August 5, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Needed help with a complicated Divorce
Cindy was prompt for appointment times and always prepared. She is fair but a hard negotiator and I would absolutely hire her for my all my future divorces. I'm thinking about getting married again just to send her more business.
Posted by Michelle | August 1, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Very Professional and matter of fact
Cindy was very professional and will not waste yours or her time. She does keep the meetings on track with tasks and items that need done and does a good job keeping the emotions out of the conversation. She also shared good referrals and suggested a councilor that we are still currently using. Cindy is matter of fact and will tell you like she sees it. I did not end up needing Cindy in the end thus far but would highly recommend.
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Senior Partner
  • Kirby & Kirby, Ltd.
  • 2016 - Present
  • Mentor a new attorney
  • at the request of the Ohio Supreme Court
  • 2021 - 2021
  • Mentor for a new attorney
  • at the request of the Ohio Supreme Court
  • 2020 - 2020
  • Mentor for a new lawyer
  • at the request of the Ohio Supreme Court
  • 2018 - 2018
  • Mentor for a new lawyer
  • at the request of the Ohio Supreme Court
  • 2017 - 2017
  • Mentor for a new lawyer
  • at the request of the Ohio Supreme Court
  • 2016 - 2016
  • Mentor for a new lawyer
  • the request of The Supreme Court
  • 2015 - 2015
  • Mentor for a new lawyer
  • the request of the Supreme Court of Ohio
  • 2014 - 2014
  • Mentor for a new lawyer
  • the request of the Supreme Court of Ohio
  • 2013 - 2013
  • Mentor for a new lawyer
  • the request of The Supreme Court of Ohio
  • 2012 - 2012
  • Mentor for new lawyer
  • the request of The Supreme Court of Ohio
  • 2011 - 2011
  • Mentor for new lawyer
  • the request of The Supreme Court of Ohio
  • 2009 - 2009
  • Attorney at Law
  • Law Office of Cindy M. Kirby
  • 1992 - 2016
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Education

  • University of Toledo College of Law
  • J.D. Cum Laude
  • 1992
  • University of Toledo
  • B.A. Magna Cum Laude
  • 1980

Associations

  • Toledo Bar Association Board of Directors
  • Board Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Toledo Bar Association
  • Pro Bono Advisory Board (past Chair)
  • 2008 - Present
  • Toledo Bar Association
  • Diversity Committee (past secretary)
  • 2008 - Present
  • Toledo Bar Association
  • Domestic Relations Committee (past Chair)
  • 1992 - Present
  • Toledo Bar Association
  • Juvenile Court Committee (past Chair)
  • 1992 - Present
  • Ohio Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Board Member
  • 2016 - 2017
  • Equality Toledo
  • Board Member
  • 2005 - 2017
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Jean Crowe Pro Bono Award
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • 2021
  • Mentioned by name in a video to the Toledo legal community
  • Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor
  • 2016
  • Order of the Heel (highest honor given to an experienced atty)
  • Toledo Junior Bar Association
  • 2015
  • Pro Bono Award
  • Toledo Bar Association
  • 2012
  • Pro Bono Award
  • Toledo Bar Association
  • 2010
  • Public Interest Law Award
  • Access To Justice
  • 2006
  • Lavelle A. Willinger Award
  • Pro Bono Legal Services Program of the Toledo Bar Association
  • 2000
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Publications

  • 12 page brochure
  • Legal Rights For HIV Positive Individuals
  • 1992

Speaking Engagements

  • Ohio Supreme Court Judicial College Conference
  • Family Law Issues
  • 2015
  • PFLAG Meeting
  • Protecting Relationships
  • 2014
  • TransOhio Symposium
  • Protecting Same Sex Relationships
  • 2013
  • OutLaw
  • Issues Affecting LGBT Clients
  • 2013
  • Law & Leadership Institute
  • Legal Issues
  • 2012
  • A Caring Response
  • Legal Planning for LGBT Couples & Families
  • 2012
  • TransOhio Annual Conference
  • Protecting Your Relationships
  • 2011
  • OUTLaw
  • Legal Issues
  • 2011
  • Annual Conference
  • Same-Sex Marriage: Addressing the Challenges for the Courts and the Parties
  • 2011
  • The University of Toledo College of Law
  • LGBT Legal Issues
  • 2010
  • The University of Toledo College of Law
  • Sole Practitioner Experiences
  • 2010
  • Judicial College video teleconference
  • GLBT Issues in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court
  • 2010
  • Workshop
  • Domestic Violence Civil Protection Orders
  • 2009
  • Legal Issues Workshop
  • Family Law Issues
  • 2009
  • Continuing Legal Education Seminar
  • Guardian ad Litem Issues
  • 2009
  • Continuing Legal Education Seminar
  • Professionalism for the Legal Community
  • 2009
  • Toledo Bar Association Continuing Legal Education
  • Legal Rights For GLBT Individuals
  • 2007
  • Professionalism Seminar
  • Professionalism
  • 2007
  • Legal Rights Workshop
  • GLBT Legal Rights
  • 2007
  • Professionalism Seminar
  • Professionalism
  • 2006
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Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (5)
Child custody Attorney | Jul 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Cindy is highly experienced and always professional. I would recommend her to anyone in need of a custody/divorce attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"CIndy is one of the most experienced and intelligent lawyers I have had the opportunity to work with. I have the utmost respect for how she conducts herself with her client's, other lawyers and the Court. She is always prepared, always compassionate and always willing to go above and beyond to ensure that her client's get the best possible representation."
Family Attorney | Jan 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse attorney Kirby. She is an excellent family law attorney and her knowledge of legal aspects of every issue is amazing. As displayed by her answers on AVVO, she is also fully cognizant of possible legal malpractice and ethics issues, such as conflicts of interest and retainer fees, which is extremely important in our profession. All clients must definitely feel safe in her hands."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Cindy is dedicated to her clients. She very knowledgeable and will fight for what is best."
Family Attorney | Jul 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Having worked with Cindy, I can say wholeheartedly that Cindy is one of the most intelligent and caring attorneys in family practice. I refer clients to Cindy regularly."
Family Attorney | Dec 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I proudly endorse this lawyer! Attorney Kirby is highly respected in our legal community. If you need a family law attorney, Cindy is a great choice!!"
Family Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Kirby is an excellent choice if you are seeking counsel for a family law / domestic relations matter. She not only has an excellent reputation with the Toledo Bar and Bench as a highly respected professional, she is a determined and skilled litigator who will zealously represent you from start to finish. If you are seeking a knowledgeable attorney who will stand by you and give her utmost effort for the duration of your case, look no further. I endorse attorney Cindy Kirby"
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have had the privilege of working with Cindy Kirby on a case last year. She is hard-working, professional, and has an excellent grasp of the law. I strongly suggest that if you need a top-notch lawyer in Toledo, call her. She will win your case."
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