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I spent nearly 29 years as a magistrate in the Hamilton County Domestic Relations Court and issued thousands of decisions on custody, property, contempt, domestic violence, merits and nearly every other matter handled in that court. After I had completed enough time to receive my full retirement benefits, I entered private practice with The Farrish Law Firm where I have represented clients for the past four years. In addition to serving as a magistrate and as an attorney, I have been a speaker for numerous organizations including The Cincinnati Bar Association, The Ohio Bar Association, The Ohio Supreme Court’s Judicial College, The Ohio Association of Magistrates, The Ohio Association of Judges and The NBI. Before taking the bench, I was in private practice, served in The Public Defender's Office, taught at Chase College of Law and ran the Clinical Program at Chase College of Law. I have appeared in The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, The First District Court of Appeals, The 12th District Court of Appeals and The Supreme Court of Ohio.


Languages spoken: Spanish, English

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  1. Divorce: 50%
    34 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. Juvenile: 30%
    6 years, 16 cases
  3. Appeals: 9%
    11 years, 25 cases
  4. Criminal Defense: 9%
    11 years, 300 cases
  5. Unspecified: 2%



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  • Beth Ilene Silverman

    I endorse this lawyer. Having known Kathy as a lawyer for more than thirty years, I can say she is as fierce an advocate for her clients as she was as a young lawyer. She will give her full dedication and energy to representing clients and refuses to take the easy road if it is not the very best direction for her client.


    Beth Silverman Divorce and separation Attorney
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    I endorse this lawyer. I recommend Kathi because she can empathize and apply the law in a fair and compassionate manner. Kathi's experience as a former magistrate and practitioner are tremendous.


    Victor Sims Family Attorney
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The Farrish Law Firm

810 Sycamore Street
Cincinnati, OH, 45202-2155


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Vice President of ClassLaw School Classmates1974
Harold Norris Book AwardMichigan State University1974
Ben Probe Moot CourtMichigan State Law School1973
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Of CounselThe Farrish Law Firm2011 - Present
MagistrateHamilton County Domestic Relations Court1982 - 2011
Director of Clinical ProgramChase College of Law at NKU1979 - 1982
AttorneyHamilton County Public Defender's Office1976 - 1979
AttorneySanten, Santen and Hughes1974 - 1976
Association namePosition nameDuration
Ohio Supreme CourtJudicial College Planning Committee2016 - Present
Ohio Association of MagistratesMember of Magistrates' Association1991 - Present
Ohio State Bar AssociationMember of State Attorneys1978 - Present
Cincinnati Bar AssociationMember of Local Bar Association1975 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. Smith, 2015-Ohio-2258The First District Court of Appeals upheld the trial court's decision to my client's advantage.
Smith v. Smith, 2015-Ohio-2258The First District Court of Appeals upheld the trial court's decision to my client's advantage.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Ohio State Bar AssociationThe Law and You, (I edited portions of book)2007
The AdvocateTrial Tips: CYB1981
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Michigan State UniversityLawJD - Juris Doctor1974
Western Michigan UniversityCommunicationsBS - Bachelor of Science1968
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Ohio Association of Magistrates' 2016 Spring ConferenceHot Topics2016
From Examination to CommitmentEthical Considerations2016
Divorces from A to ZYour Role During Settlement And Trial2015
Divorces from A to ZEthical Questions2015
New Magistrates OrientationNew Magistrates’ Practicum2014
Annual Domestic Violence Conference in Washington DCFixes to Problems with Domestic Violence Laws2013
Divorce Law Guide from A to ZEthical Perils In Divorce Practice2012
What Domestic Relations Court Judges And Magistrates Want You To KnowDiscovery, Mediation, Child Abductions, Rules of Evidence2011
What Domestic Relations Court Judges And Magistrates Want You To KnowAssets and Debts, Child and Spousal Support, Relocation2011
The 2011 Spring Conference Meetings and SeminarsVariations In Domestic Relations Practice Around Ohio2011
Ohio Association of Magistrates Spring ConferenceSubstance Abuse: Hidden Addictions2009
Marriage festMarriages2008
Domestic Relations InstituteSubstance Abuse Instruction2008
Fun with Numbers: Pensions, Property and TaxesMarital and Separate Property2006
Working with Mentally Ill Clients in Criminal and Civil CourtsMental Health Issues2005
No Brown BagViews from the Bench2004
Domestic Relations InstituteThe Court's Rhyme and Reason on Support and Property Trial Issues2004
Ohio Association of Magistrates SeminarEthics, Professionalism and Substance Abuse2003
Ohio Association of Domestic Relations Judges' Education SeminarRules Rule: Highlights on Local Rules2003
Two Thousand Two Spring Conference Meetings and SeminarsSeparate Property Issues2002
Second Annual Fatherhood ConferenceFocus on Fathers2002
Fair and Impartial CourtsFair and Impartial Courts2002
Domestic Relations InstituteSpousal Support from the Court's Perspective2002
The Fine Points of Divorce PracticeEthical Issues in Divorce Litigation2001
Domestic Relations CLESeparate Property Issues2001
Legal UpdateDomestic Relations2000
Bridge the GapWhat Judges Expect of Good Lawyers2000