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Cathy R. Cook

Family Attorney at Cincinnati, OH

5.0   29 reviews
  • Licensed for 41 years
    State OH
    Acquired 1982
    Active No misconduct found

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About Cathy

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Practice areas
  1. Family
    Attorney Cook is a premier family law attorney that can help you with your family legal needs. She has over 37 years of experience helping people in Ohio through their family issues. Give her a call now.

  2. Divorce and separation
    If you are looking to end your marriage, Attorney Cook can help you through this. Chances are good it will be an emotionally trying and difficult period in your life. You will need a lawyer that is compassionate yet aggressive.

  3. Domestic violence
    If you are the victim of domestic violence, you may be hurt and confused right now. If someone that shares a residence with you assaulted you, it is paramount you talk to an attorney to advocate for you while you handle your emotional trauma.

Hello, I’m Cathy Cook.  I want to help you resolve your personal legal issues.  I concentrate my practice in family law.  Family law includes divorce, dissolution, paternity, child support, spousal support, and custody.  


I began practicing law in 1982, when I served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Gilbert Bettman of the Common Pleas Court of Hamilton County.  In that position, I learned first hand how the courts are run, how judges handle cases, and I worked closely with courthouse personnel.  This experience helped me mesh law school training with the operation of the courts.  With this background, I am able to educate and assist you in court proceedings.


Following my clerkship, I went into private practice, first with a small firm and then in my own practice.  I work hard to stay abreast of the current law and policies in my practice areas and in the courts where I work.  At least twice a year, I teach seminars to other attorneys on various topics in family law and criminal defense.  I am also an instructor for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, which teaches young lawyers how to try cases in court.  These activities assure that I remain on the cutting edges to assist you in your case.


My work has been recognized by Martindale-Hubbell.  The Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings assist sophisticated buyers of legal services identify, evaluate and select the most appropriate lawyer for the case.  Lawyer ratings serve as an objective indicator that a lawyer has the highest ethical standards and professional ability.  I am fortunate to have received Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating, AV®.   This rating means that my peers rank me at the highest level of professional excellence.  To learn more about the rating system, go to


Over the years of my practice, I have made it my mission to educate people on the law and the options available to them in my practice areas.  I offer an initial telephone consultation at no charge.  Please call me, so I can help you get on the right track in your case.



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Cathy R. Cook
114 East Eighth Street
Cincinnati, OH, 45202-2102

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Posted by anonymous | September 15, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
So very helplful!!
I sure wish I could use Cathy and Peggy for my mother-in-law's dissolution/divorce! They do not work in the county where she resides, but Peggy was unbelievably helpful even though she knew I could not use them. She helped explain the difference between a dissolution and divorce, guided me on the important things to ask when trying to hire an attorney, sent me several referrals in the county, answered my many questions, and was a true pleasure! I would absolutely hire them if I could!!
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Posted by Gary | February 12, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Experience, Great Team!
Cathy was a superb counsel to have. She took a case that had languished for almost 2 years in different stages of collaboration and mediation, and had the case resolved in less than half of that time. Cathy was calm, wise, funny, reassuring and confident. Cathy was able to achieve all of the big picture goals of the case for me and my children. Cathy's billing was very modest and beyond fair. Her team worked tirelessly on my behalf. I would highly recommend Cathy and her team!
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Posted by William | November 7, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
I want to personally thank you and your team for professionally representing me at the last minute of my divorce. After ten months of dealing with attorneys that were unprofessional and downright unethical, your legal team saved the day. I was amazed at your ability to quickly review my case, provide counsel and retain the information. Being stressed out over the first 10 months, Cathy R. Cook, Attorneys at Law provided a level of comfort and reassurance that I needed. Just knowing I finally had first class legal representation and a team looking out for my best interest was a blessing.
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Posted by anonymous | February 26, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Advocates for your best interest
I found Cathy to be a consummate professional; she advocated for my best interest, while being very upfront and telling it like it is (not telling me what I necessarily wanted to hear). She and her staff responded promptly to all of my emails and phone calls, were well-prepared and efficient, and did an excellent job explaining each step of the process and what to expect. I am very pleased with how she handled my case, and would recommend her services to anyone seeking legal counsel.
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Posted by Dave | July 2, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best of a bad situation
Cathy and her team did a wonderful job on my dissolution. She was able to quickly and successfully finalize everything and I even received money back from my deposit. They were very good at keeping me updated and I would often receive itemized costs. I would highly recommend her.
Posted by Yuan | January 25, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Strongly Recommend
Cathy is very smart and sharp. She is very effective and takes ownership of the case. I did not have to repeat the same thing to her twice, did not have to worry about the progress of the case and the way she broke down the workload in her office, I was billed reasonably. The most critical trait for me was how fast and effective she responds and reacts to things that are going on in the court room. She picks up very quickly on the impression witnesses are leaving and effectively comes up with a counter plan to execute to better establish credibility. In civil cases that are mostly based on testimony, I have found Cathy to be very effective and strongly recommend her for anyone in my position.
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Posted by Sadie | August 28, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Bulldog of an attorney!!
Cathy was tough and thorough throughout my custody, child support, and visitation proceedings.
Posted by anonymous | December 23, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
excellent lawyer
Cathy is smart, responsive and totally committed. She did my divorce in 2008 and now, 2016, I hired her again to deal with my x husband who continues to try to mess with me. Cathy has my back, I feel safe and confident.
Posted by Sherry | December 20, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Ms. Cook represented me during a divorce. She and my ex-husband's lawyer worked together along with us to develop an equitable divorce settlement. This was done in a timely fashion. Cost was reasonable and her team was professional. I would highly recommend this firm.
Posted by Dave | December 13, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very capable and knowledgeable
I appreciated the straightforward advice that Cathy provided. I found her to be very knowledgeable. Her office associates were very helpful and thorough. I appreciated how efficient her work was to keep costs manageable.
Posted by anonymous | December 12, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Cathy Cook is an outstanding attorney and I would highly recommend her to anyone who may be in need of legal counsel. I have been working with Cathy for 11 months now and my experience thus far has been extremely positive. I agree with several client reviews that Cathy is very professional, knowledgeable and hard-working. Her communication is straight forward with no emotional game playing which I appreciate. Cathy is very efficient with her time and her billing is fair and reasonable. When I went to trial, Cathy was a strong confident litigator who was well prepared to present my case. Cathy truly does make the effort to help her clients rebuild their lives and move beyond the angst of legal issues. I am pleased that I hired Cathy and I am very appreciative for the services Cathy and her team provided me.
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Posted by Haley | October 4, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent proffesionalism & promptness with a sense of security knowing you're in good hands.
Cathy Cook and her team were excellent ..... They were prompt and responsive whenever I had a questions and/or concerns. The professionalism and knowledge exceeded all of my expectations. I would highly recommend their team when in need or if in need of representation.
Posted by Dawn | September 7, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend Cathy & Team!
Cathy's team is ultra-responsive and organized. Cathy is a subject matter expert in her field, she's tenacious, has a lot of experience and is well connected in the industry. This was a winning combination in my case, I highly recommend them.
Posted by Sandra Ramey | May 13, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Complete service! Peace of mind.
The services provided by this firm was exactly as stated, "They help to rebuild lives." My divorce was the darkest time in my life. Cathy and her staff were the light I clung to. My life was changed forever, and I was made to feel stronger knowing that I had Cathy Cook and her team to fall back on. They protected me and my children when I needed them most. I have also hired them for other things such as family estate planning and other concerns. I highly recommend Cathy R. Cook!
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Posted by Jennifer | February 4, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Hiring a lawyer is a big decision. I wanted to find someone who would fight for my rights and someone who really knew the law. I found both of those qualities in Ms. Cook. She, and her firm, were very professional and responded to my questions/concerns very quickly and thoroughly. I would highly recommend Ms. Cook!!
Posted by Charlie | September 16, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Attorney
My wife and I needed an attorney to deal with a difficult child support/child custody issue. I spoke with several friends and coworkers who highly recommended Cathy Cook. I am in law enforcement and decided to seek the professional recommendations of some of the defense attorneys and prosecutors I know. All gave Ms. Cook high praise and we met with her for a consultation and hired her immediately thereafter. Ms. Cook is one of the most professional attorneys I have ever dealt with. She was extremely thorough, explained everything in detail, and handled our case as if it were her own. She was always accessible, even on weekends and after hours and provided us with the outcome we were looking for. We could not be happier and I have recommended Ms. Cook to everyone I know that is in need of a highly qualified, professional attorney. Outstanding!
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Posted by Don | September 6, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The one and only for my family.
I asked a close friend of my family who works for the Hamilton County Court of Domestic Relations what are some names of good Attorneys that she would recommend. She only told me one name, Cathy Cook. Cathy is my advocate and my friend. I am a dad only looking out for my children and their best and she is only interested in the same. She is not into playing legal games. Cathy tells me everything I need to hear, whether I'm right or wrong. I love her straight no nonsense answers that cut with precision to the heart of the matter. She doesn't dance around the issues but is rather upfront, direct, and honest and for that I consider her a trustworthy friend. She and her staff have always been compassionate and caring regarding my case. She has always been available to me when I have called in the past during off hours, nights, and on a holiday weekend. I learned the hard way by initially hiring a non-trial Attorney for my high conflict divorce. This resulted in a need for modification. Cathy fought for my children to have more time with their dad by a motion to Modifying Parenting Time. As a result of her experience in the court room and knowledge of the law I received additional time that is precious to me and my children. I am ever thankful.
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Posted by Allen | September 4, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Direct, Honest, Efficient, Effective, Frugal with my Money
At the free, fifteen-minute initial telephone consult I did with Cathy, she gave me 30 minutes. I was very relieved and empowered after my call and felt much more in control, and had a good idea of my options. Because the free initial consult had gone over and because the information had been so useful, when I went with her I offered to pay her for it. She never took me up on my offer. I have sent her around a dozen questions by email, and over 90% of them were billed as ten minutes, which to me is a low-cost, efficient and extremely timely way to get legal counsel when I have small, important questions that don’t warrant a phone conversation or coming in. Most responses were within 48 hours. Once at a meeting, I asked about a point that had been discussed before, but which I hadn’t understood. Cathy began her response by saying, “We’ve discussed this before. I don’t want to take your money [by devoting redundant billable time to this].” I asked her to go over it again anyway for me, but her response illustrates a common theme with Cathy of being parsimonious with my money. The quality of the advice has been consistently high – to the point, with nothing more than what I need – on what seems to me a complicated family law situation. I hear horror stories of what friends have gone through with significantly higher priced lawyers who did not protect their interests, whereas working with Cathy I have been successful in protecting my interests at a very reasonable cost in both time and money. My sense of her is that she’s right there, on my side, just picking out the laws and legal custom that are relevant to my case, and avoiding anything that isn’t absolutely useful. It is so easy for a lawyer to throw in more than is necessary, or to take longer to get to the bottom line which increases fees perhaps making for a more contentious, difficult case and Cathy seems to me temperamentally opposed to that – she is temperamentally direct, honest and efficient.
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Posted by Bob | September 3, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A Great Attorney - Cathy Cook
Cathy is well experienced and knowledgeable in her field. I felt like she paid attention to my individual case. I strongly recommend Cathy and her staff.
Posted by Eric | June 18, 2015
Cathy Cook Review
Cathy I truly appreciate everything you and your staff did for me. You were all professional while being compassionate. During some of the worst days of my life you provided me with hope. Everyone that works for and with Cathy are amazing at what they do. Scott, Elizabeth and Lindsey demonstrated that they sincerely cared about my case, me and most children. I would not even consider using another firm. I would recommend Cathy Cook to anyone.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Cathy R. Cook, Attorney at Law
  • 1990 - Present
  • Associate
  • Roeller, Roeller, & Jameson
  • 1983 - 1990
  • Constable to Judge Gilbert Bettman
  • Hamilton County Court Of Common Pleas
  • 1982 - 1983


  • University of Cincinnati
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1982
  • Miami University of Ohio
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1979


  • Women's Fund
  • Leadership Counsel
  • 2009 - Present
  • Cincinnati Law Library Association
  • President, Board of Trustees
  • 2006 - Present
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1982 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1982 - Present
  • Ohio Association of Criminatl Defense Lawyers
  • President
  • 1998 - 1999
  • Greater Cincinnati Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Chairman
  • 1996 - 1997
  • Greater Cincinnati Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • President
  • 1995 - 1996
  • Cincinnati Bar Association
  • Chairman, Criminal Law Committee
  • 1987 - 1990
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • 10 Term Lawyer to Lawyer Mentor
  • Supreme Court of Ohio
  • 2017
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
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Speaking Engagements

  • Divorce Litigation from Start to Finish
  • Enforcement and Post-Trial Modifications
  • 2016
  • Advanced Family Law
  • Advanced Child & Spousal Support Issues
  • 2016
  • Handling Divorce Cases from Start to FInish
  • Exploring Custody, Visitation And Support Issues
  • 2014
  • Advanced Family Law
  • Non-traditional Family Structures and Paternity Disputes
  • 2013
  • Cincinnati Law Library Association Legal Seminars
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • 2011
  • Child Cusotdy Procedures
  • Child Custody Pleadings & Temporary Orders
  • 2010
  • Handling Complex Child Custody Cases
  • Child Custody Case Law Update
  • 2009
  • Tax Consequences in Divorce
  • Failure to Understand Tax Consequences
  • 2008
  • Child Custody
  • Custody Trials
  • 2007
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Attorney endorsements

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Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As a fellow lawyer in the community, I can verify Cathy's reputation as an amazing divorce attorney. She is well versed in the law and fights tirelessly for her clients. I highly recommend her."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I enthusiastically endorse this lawyer, and always refer people to her when they need a lawyer to stand up for their interests in divorce. Cathy is polite but tough; she zealously represents her clients within the boundaries of the law. There is no bluster with Cathy, she is honest and capable, has a thorough knowledge of domestic relations law and is able to effectively communicate legal concepts to her clients and fellow attorneys."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She's been wonderful to learn from at all of the CLE's at which she has spoken, that I've attended."
Family Attorney | Dec 17
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Cathy is a very good attorney. She is very direct and does not run up fees needlessly. She is very organized and presents her evidence in an organized and persuasive fashion."
Family Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I had the good fortune of attending a seminar at which Cathy spoke. She is obviously very knowledgeable about "Non-Traditional Family Structures and Paternity Disputes" and "Advanced Child and Spousal Support Issues.'"
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