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Rebecca Ann Zemmelman

Family Attorney at Cincinnati, OH

5.0   53 reviews

Licensed for 6 years

About Rebecca

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Rebecca focuses her practice on all aspects of Family and Adoption Law at Essig & Evans LLP.  This includes representing clients in Collaborative Divorce, dissolution, spousal support matters, child custody, child support matters, and cases involving grandparents' rights. Rebecca's Adoption Law practice includes representing both adoptive parents, biological parents, and adoption agencies in both contested and uncontested adoptions spanning from private adoptions both within Ohio and interstate, step-parent adoptions and agency adoptions. Rebecca also serves as a Guardian Ad Litem representing children’s best interests in contested custody and visitation cases and is a trained mediator through the Ohio Supreme Court.

Rebecca was selected as a “Rising Star” in Family Law in the Ohio Super Lawyers publication in 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023.

Rebecca also received the Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice Community Service Award from The University of Cincinnati College of Law and the Service and Leadership Award from Miami University.

Rebecca is a a member of the Cincinnati, State of Ohio and American Bar Associations, as well as a member of the Domestic Relations Committee and the Juvenile Law Committee of the Cincinnati Bar Association. 

Rebecca sits on the Diversity Committee of the Young Lawyers Section of the Cincinnati Bar Association and is a board member on the Juvenile Law Committee. She also sits on the executive board of the Cincinnati Academy of Collaborative Professionals, the borard Jewish Community Relations Council and is one of the founding members of the Cincinnati Lawyers Chapter of the American Constitution Society.

Licensed for 6 years
State OH
Status Active
Acquired 2016
Updated 11/13/2022

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

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Posted by anonymous | September 15, 2022
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Excellent Attorney and Wonderful Person
Rebecca was a pleasant person to work with! She creates a very fun and friendly relationship that made my husband and I feel very comfortable. She is knowledgeable of the laws and regulations for family court, which helped my husband and I win our case. I would recommend her to anyone that needed an family attorney. We appreciate everything she did for my family and I and cannot thank her enough!
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Posted by Ricky | September 15, 2022
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Absolutely amazing!!!
Rebecca Zemmelman is an absolute amazing lawyer and person. Caring, kind, intelligent, professional and really all you could ever ask for when looking to be represented. From the very first moment of speaking with each other she was on it. Broke down everything with me and we went over everything together and made sure we both were on the same page and understood all there was to know on both sides. I honestly could not have asked for a better attorney and person to help with my custody case. Whenever I needed council, had a question or was ever confused about something, Rebecca was there to help. She always made a point to make sure we were always on the same page so to speak and most definitely handled my case the way I wanted it to be handled. With care, class and professionalism. Again, she is the absolute best!
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Posted by Kari | July 28, 2022
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Recommendation
We hired Rebecca to represent us for our private adoption. She was so warm, knowledgeable and attentive - and walked us through exactly what we needed to know and when. When our big day before the judge arrived, we felt at ease knowing she was by our side. Couldn't recommend her more!
Posted by anonymous | March 16, 2022
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Excellent Attorney!!!!
Rebecca helped me tremendously with custody and parenting time modification with my son. She was very easy to work with and knew when we needed to be more aggressive and when it was best to just sit back and wait. The resolution was very much to our liking. She was professional, knowledgeable and dedicated to receiving the best outcome. I would highly recommend Rebecca.
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Posted by Chris | March 7, 2022
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Those hero doesn't wear a cape
I'm not sure where to begin. My wife and I struggled for weeks looking for a family attorney for our custody battle and eventual adoption of my step daughter. We told Rebecca our story and to our surprise, she listened. Every other attorney we spoke to, either said just give up or find a different attorney. Rebecca took all of the information we gave her and our custody battle began. She prepped us thoroughly and gave us the confidence we needed. Judgment on our behalf! After that, we moved to the adoption phase. Again, Rebecca made things extremely simple. Albeit, lots of time and information was needed. Fast forward to our best interest hearing. We all gathered and when we were called in, Rebecca spoke introducing all of us. She asked questions to each of us that covered everything and more. The judge decided that not only was the adoption in the best interest, but that she was going ahead and finalizing the adoption! We absolutely couldn't be happier. Thank you so much Rebecca. We truly won't be able to thank you enough!!
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Posted by Matthew | March 7, 2022
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The Absolute Best
Rebecca has been the best attorney I have ever had. I can say that with zero hesitation. Her ability as an attorney to prep, guide, and take action is second to none. My family and I are forever grateful. I cannot say enough good things about Rebecca and would recommend to anyone.
Posted by Cindy | February 28, 2022
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Fantastic!!! Super knowledgeable and supoortive
Such an excellent wealth of knowledge and strong support when needed. I wouldn’t have been able to make it through all the caps without her!!! I would recommend her above all.
Posted by Single Father | February 28, 2022
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You Should Hire Rebecca
Rebecca is a boss. She's a subject matter expert regarding the legal ins and outs of custody, parenting, etc. She goes out of her way to be the lawyer that a client wants, and crucially, the kind of lawyer that a specific legal issue requires. She has an amazing sense of when to pursue a matter aggressively - and when to let an issue lay undisturbed. I spent the better part of a year working with Rebecca on a difficult custody matter, that was at best a bleak prospect - and she found a way to a positive outcome. She's knowledgeable, collaborative, informative, and exceedingly understanding - while also very aware of the importance of all of the parts and steps of legal proceedings. Both in an official, courthouse fashion, as well as in a more meta, pieces-of-the-puzzle, big-picture sense. She's really great at her job - and her billing is very, very fair. Maybe most importantly, Rebecca genuinely cares for the people she represents and for the best interests of their children. You should totally hire Rebecca. She's a pleasure to work with and exceedingly skilled in her field.
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Posted by Scott - West Chester, OH | February 24, 2022
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Excellent Attorney !!
During a very difficult case with a lot at risk, Rebecca gave me wise counsel and with her calming nature stay on top of things and we received a superior settlement than I was expecting. I can highly recommend her for her professionalism with the law and her nice enjoyable nature as a person during very difficult times.
Posted by Jennifer | January 28, 2022
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Compassionate and Supportive
I am so grateful for all Rebecca did to facilitate my dissolution. Not only was she professional and knowledgable, she went the extra mile to make sure I was doing well too. I am very thankful for her kindness and genuine care.
Posted by Laura | November 11, 2021
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Wonderful experience
Rebecca was there to answer our questions and reassure us regarding the adoption process. We appreciated that she took the extra time to make sure we understood the procedures.
Posted by Dean,Brittany and Stork family | October 6, 2021
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Highly Recommend Rebecca/Custody Battle
“Rebecca Zemmelman was a beacon of hope to my family at a time when our daughters needed us the most . Not only was she able to defend us from an unjust and malicious situation , her calm and empathetic demeanor offered emotional succor to myself and those I care about most. My children and I are eternally grateful for her service. Rebecca worked with us day in and day out. Rebecca was beyond personable to our family. Rebecca was encouraging when times were incredibly difficult. Rebecca has admirable assertiveness to making sure justice is rightfully served. Rebecca showed remarkable knowledge of the Law. Rebecca's dedication, willingness to listen, good judgement, and professional won us our case. Rebecca brought hope and light to a dark place. My Family and I highly recommend Rebecca Zemmelman! Forever grateful Rebecca, Thank You!
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Posted by Mat | June 11, 2021
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Professional and a pleasure to work with
Rebecca Zemmelman is a true professional! She is extremely knowledgeable, dedicated to her clients, and a pleasure to work with. She is a great communicator and recommend her enough!
Posted by Louise | June 10, 2021
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Excellent
Rebecca did a wonderful job for me . A child custody case of my 2 grandsons. It was a little more difficult than most. My daughter was killed in a car accident on Columbia Parkway in Nov of 2020. The father of the boys decided he wanted them. He also hired a attorney a good one I might add. I will say it made me nervous. Rebecca did a great job with representing me. I will say I was very anxious at times . The outcome was great , she represented me very professional but with compassion and letting me know I will be ok. I would recommend her most definitely.
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Posted by Elizabeth | June 3, 2021
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The best thing to come from divorce!
I honestly cannot even explain the gratitude I have for Rebecca. She went way above and beyond to make sure everything went smoothly despite some set backs. She truly listened to what I had to say and what I wanted and gave me advice on things I needed. 10/10 recommend her!
Posted by Lori | April 7, 2021
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Guardian Angel!!
Because of Rebecca, I received the outcome I set out for: Full custody and a massive change to our parenting time schedule (going from 50/50 parenting time to my ex having every other weekend and a mid week dinner)! Rebecca represented me in a post decree modification for change of custody and parenting time of my two children, ages 8 and 9. My case was quite complex, and my ex husband and I had been involved in and out of the court system for a few years. I agreed to continue shared parenting with my ex because I was fearful of the court's outcome prior to retaining Rebecca as my attorney. My ex husband and I adopted our children as toddlers, and they have had a lot to navigate, coupled with the high conflict divorce situation. Rebecca agreed to take on my active court case, thankfully, because she has made all the difference in the results. From the moment I hired her, I immediately felt like I had an attorney on my side that was ready for the battle to come, and knew that I would be represented strongly in court. My ex and I had tried mediation, with no success. I needed an experienced trial attorney that would take the time to read through the massive amounts of documentation and use it to our benefit. She not only did that, but has far exceeded my expectations in and out of the courtroom setting. She set me up for success from the start with giving great guidance every step of the way to ensure the most important details of my case were brought to the court's attention. Having experience herself as a Guardian Ad Litem, Rebecca helped me understand exactly what I needed to share and communicate with the GAL, which ended up being a very important component of our case. Not only is she knowledgeable and experienced, but she also has an upbeat personality to go along with it, which made me feel so comfortable sharing difficult information with her. I have never experienced anyone who is so dedicated to her clients as Rebecca. I don't know when she sleeps! She is timely in her responses, and is wise with advice well beyond her years. I know that my case was won because of Rebecca's knowledge and expertise. This is one of the most important life decisions to be made, and I'm forever grateful that I put my trust and faith in Rebecca, as she more than came through for us. I have the utmost respect for her.....compassionate and kind, and a strong advocate in court...she fights for what is in the child's best interests. She did for us and she will for you.
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Posted by Lori | February 6, 2021
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Rebecca was wonderful for our adoption case!
We hired Rebecca after a recommendation to help us adopt our niece, whom we had custody of for the last 2.5 years. It ended up being a contested case, but she took the time to make sure we completely understood all of the steps involved and suggested everything we could do and gather to make our case. We went in more than well prepared and we won! Communication was very easy any time we had a concern or question (which was often), she wouldn't hesitate to answer or explain. Thanks to Rebecca, we now have our forever family that we've been wanting for many years!
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Posted by anonymous | January 20, 2021
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Great experience
Great experience overall having Rebecca Zemmelman as my attorney. She was prompt, timely and open for calls and quick updates, and worked through all of the questions and issues on my case. I would highly recommend her to anyone who needs a family law attorney.
Posted by Walt and Kathy | December 23, 2020
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Adoption
Rebecca helped our family thru the adoption finalization process. She was a pleasure to work with and made the whole process very smooth. We would highly recommend to anyone going thru the adoption process.
Posted by Anne | December 18, 2020
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Amazing!
Rebecca is in one word, amazing. Not only do I think that she is extremely capable and skilled well beyond her years, she is very personable, empathetic, and just plain helpful. She is honest and has your back 24-7. I had a rather complicated case and came to her for something that ended up evolving into a different situation. She navigated everything so professionally and made me feel like I had a confidant and friend in my corner. I cannot say enough good things about her and definitely recommend her.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Associate
  • Essig & Evans, LLP
  • 2017 - Present
  • Law Clerk
  • Katz, Greenberger & Norton
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Legal Extern
  • Legal Aid Society Of Greater Cincinnati
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Legal Intern
  • Hamilton County Domestic Relations Court
  • 2015 - 2015
  • Legal Fellow
  • Ohio Innocence Project
  • 2014 - 2015
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Education

  • University of Cincinnati
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2016
  • Miami University of Ohio
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2013
  • Ottawa Hills High School
  • 2009

Associations

  • Cincinnati Association of Collaborative Professionals
  • Secretary
  • 2021 - Present
  • University of Cincinnati Alumni Association Women In Law
  • Co-Chair and Inaugural Member
  • 2020 - Present
  • International Association of Collaborative Professionals
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • American Constitution Society for Law and Policy
  • Chair - Cincinnati Lawyer Chapter
  • 2018 - Present
  • Jewish Community Relations Council
  • Board Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • 2016 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • 2016 - Present
  • Cincinnati Bar Association
  • Co-Chair Diversity Committee Young Lawyers Section
  • 2016 - 2020
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Service and Leadership Award
  • University of Cincinnati College of Law Center for Race, Gender and Social Justice
  • 2016
  • Service and Leadership Award
  • Miami University
  • 2013
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Speaking Engagements

  • Adoption Awareness Month Panel Discussion
  • Adoption Law
  • 2017

Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (17)
Family Attorney | Apr 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Oct 31
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jun 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rebecca is a talented and motivated attorney. Any client would be lucky to have her on their side."
Child custody Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Adoption Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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