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Hello, I’m Cathy Cook.  I want to help you resolve your personal legal issues.  I concentrate my practice in the areas of family law  and criminal defense.  Family law includes divorce, dissolution, paternity, child support, spousal support, and custody.  Criminal defense cases include traffic citations, misdemeanors, and felonies.  Typical charges that we handle are domestic violence, stalking, sexual offenses, assaults, and drug offenses.


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.




Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 40%
  2. Family: 40%
  3. Criminal Defense: 10%
  4. Domestic Violence: 10%



Retainer (always)

Payment types:

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Attorney endorsements

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  • Kathleen C. King

    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.


    Kathleen King Divorce and separation Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Roberta Sue Roberts

    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.'


    Roberta Roberts Divorce and separation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Cathy R. Cook

114 East Eighth Street
Cincinnati, OH, 45202-2102


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerCathy R. Cook, Attorney at Law1990 - Present
AssociateRoeller, Roeller, & Jameson1983 - 1990
Constable to Judge Gilbert BettmanHamilton County Court Of Common Pleas1982 - 1983
Association namePosition nameDuration
Women's FundLeadership Counsel2009 - Present
Cincinnati Law Library AssociationPresident, Board of Trustees2006 - Present
Ohio State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Ohio Association of Criminatl Defense LawyersPresident1998 - 1999
Greater Cincinnati Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationChairman1996 - 1997
Greater Cincinnati Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationPresident1995 - 1996
Cincinnati Bar AssociationChairman, Criminal Law Committee1987 - 1990
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Cincinnati College of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1982
Miami University of OhioEnglish and Political ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1979
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Cincinnati Law Library Association Legal SeminarsPrenuptial Agreements2011
Child Cusotdy ProceduresChild Custody Pleadings & Temporary Orders2010
Handling Complex Child Custody CasesChild Custody Case Law Update2009
Tax Consequences in DivorceFailure to Understand Tax Consequences2008
Child CustodyCustody Trials2007