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Brian Alan Sommers

Divorce and separation Attorney at Centerville, OH

4.7   38 reviews

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About Brian

Learn Brian’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    50%
    A divorce is a legal proceeding that ends a marriage. Through the divorce suit, you’ll work with the court and attorneys to determine the disposition of your joint property, spousal support issues, and custody and child support issues.

    23 years

  2. Family
    20%
    Like a divorce, a dissolution ends in the termination of the marriage. However, fault cannot be assigned to either party and both individuals must be willing to agree to all terms and particulars of a settlement.

    23 years

  3. Child custody
    10%
    In matters of custody, the court is focused on the best interests of the child. When a marriage ends or when parents are unmarried but want to share custody, the parents must submit a plan allocating responsibility for the children.

    23 years

  4. Child support
    10%
    If you want to claim child support, you must request an order for support from the Child Support Enforcement Agency (CSEA). Ohio law governs how much child support a parent must pay.

    23 years

  5. Juvenile law
    10%
    Cases involving the rights and interests of children of parents who are or have been married are heard in the Domestic Relations Court. In contrast, cases involving children of unmarried parents are heard in the Juvenile Court.

    23 years

I have dedicated my legal career to law family law. As a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AALM) and Board Certified Specialist in Family Iaw, I advise clients on a board range of personal matters relating to divorce, dissolution, child custody, shared parenting, child and spousal support, relocation protection orders, post decree modifications and premarital agreements. I have a stong passion to educate my client so they may make the best choice for thier family.  I am licensed to practice law in every county in the State of Ohio, and I routinely practice in Clark, Clinton, Darke, Greene, Miami, Montgomery, Preble and  Warren counties.

I am active member in the family law community on local and state levels. I am the past chair of Montgomery County Bar Association Domestic Relations Committee (2010-2013) and currently serve on Ohio State Bar Association Family Law committee as well.  Further, I maintain Supreme Court certification to be appointed as a Guardian Ad Litem. I also serve on the Dayton Bar Association Committee for Bar Exam and Qualifications.  I

Licensed for 22 years
State OH
Status Active
Acquired 2000
Updated 11/13/2022

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

Contact Brian

Kirkland & Sommers Co., LPA
10532 Success Lane
Centerville, OH, 45458

Reviews

4.7 / 5.0
  38 customer reviews
Posted by Tony | February 20, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A steady hand in troubled waters
Brian Sommers went above and beyond for my children. He provided excellent advice and guided me through every legal aspect of my custody case. I have used other attorneys in the past, but I will never recommend anyone other than Brian, and his staff. Thank you Mr. Sommers!!
Posted by Marie | November 16, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer
I hired Brian Alan Sommers to represent me in a divorce case. He was honest and he works hard to represent you for the best possible outcome. I highly recommend Brian A. Sommers.
Posted by anonymous | September 28, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A real professional!
Brian represented me many years ago in a high conflict custody case. I went through my share of lawyers and was almost always disappointed. I got to a point I didnt know whom to trust. Brian is an exceptional lawyer. He was amazing. Sadly, I didnt win my case, but he worked so hard for me and he was so compassionate and understanding with me as I went through the toughest and lowest time in my life. Fortunatley, it is all behind me now. It's been years and I still think of him fondly. And remember how well he treated me during a time that SO many in the justice system treated me poorly and judged me unfairly. Due to all the stress and sadness I never stopped to take a second and thank him for all he did for me and how hard he tried. If you are facing a domestic issue such as custody and you are scared and unsure of whom to trust with your case please do yourself a favor and hire Brian. He is the real deal. He is what all lawyers should aspire to be. Thanks for your compassion and your patience Brian!
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Posted by Renee | June 5, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Tenacious and thorough
I hired Brian Sommers for a very difficult custody case. I'm not a fighter and typically give in for the sake of taking the path of least resistance when it comes to the ex. Brian assured me continuously that we had to fight and would win. The best interests of my daughter was at stake and had he not kept insisting we fight, I would have given in. Brian is a bulldog in the courtroom. If you want to see your opponent get ripped to shreds or watch them squirm under the intense heat from Brian (which is really tough to witness) then he is the counsel for you. He does not back down, barrels through the discomfort of others and really does fight for what is right. His thoroughness is evident and he stays late to get the job done. Many times I would get a call from him on the weekend asking for more details, preparing for trial etc. He's a machine! I gained full custody of my daughter after 9 years of shared parenting which is very difficult to terminate. If you want to win and have nerves of steel to watch him annihilate the opposing party, Brian is the attorney for you. I highly recommend him and will continue to send referrals his way.
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Posted by anonymous | January 26, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
An amazing attorney
From the first phone conversation I had to the court hearing(s) and beyond Brian was absolutely the best. The total case lasted over six months but he was always aware of what was going on. He provided sound advice and his knowledge and understanding of child support and the laws that regulate it is superior. If I ever find myself in need of lawyer in this area of practice I will not hesitate to hire Brian again.
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Posted by anonymous | January 4, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer
Brian helped me gain custody of my children. He was very helpful in answering my questions and was always up to date with my case. We spent a lot of hours preparing for the case, which, at the end payed off.
Posted by Bryan | November 14, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Absolutely the best
Brian Sommers and his team are top notch. As a father and a military member, fighting for custody of my children, I was terrified of losing. Brian and his team went out of their way to ensure I had the best chance possible. With Brian’s help, we settled prior to the hearing and I gained custody of the kids. Thank you Brian!!
Response from Brian Sommers November 18, 2017
Thank you for your kind words and your service to our country. It was my honor to assist you and your family.
Posted by Kevin | October 20, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Professional and Cares!
I went through a recent divorce and when the divorce was filed in April my original intention was to not hire a lawyer. I gave my x wife the opportunity to work with her lawyer and be fair. This did not happen and after multiple attempts and questions regarding calculations that I knew were not done correctly, I had to take action. Brian came highly recommended to me so I decided to hire him. Going through this process I realized immediately Brian cared about his clients. He walked me through each piece of the child support calculations and the separation agreements. When we requested changes he had me in the office during dictation so we were both on the same page. He took an uncomfortable situation and made me feel comfortable with the decision by using a fact based approach that provided justification for each calculation and line item in the separation agreement. No one is going to like every component of a divorce or feel they received a great deal, but given the divorce rules in Ohio, Brian made it as fair as possible. Chis Simmons, his paralegal, is phenomenal as well, she is prompt and was always responsive with any needs during the process. I highly recommend Brian if you are looking for a lawyer to work hard for what is fair and do things the right way.
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Posted by Gary | October 15, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Wise Counsel in Difficult Times
After a year of being unemployed, and with no job openings in Dayton, I took a job in Houston TX. I believed that my wife would stay in Dayton long enough to sell the house and then she would move to Houston with me. What I got instead was divorce documents in the mail during the July 4th holiday weekend. We had been married for nearly 38 years. Because my family is more important than my job, I left Houston and returned to Ohio. While I had to take a pay cut to return, being with my children was more important. If it had not been for Brian Sommers, who guided me through the difficult and complex legal process of divorce, I would have been lost. His wise and discerning advice and counsel during those difficult months has help position me to move forward with my life. Through it all, the only debt that I will not be able to pay is my debt of gratitude to Brian, for a job well done. Thank you Brian !!!
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Posted by Traci | August 24, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Best
If you need an attorney Mr Sommers is your man. He and his staff work hard for their clients, he was always there for us before hours and after hours. My family and I can't thank them enough for all their hard work.
Posted by lee | February 12, 2015
Excellent divorce attorney
Brian is extremely professional with a personal touch that is hard to find in this day. My divorce was brutal, but Brian never waivered. I would recommend Brian Sommers to anyone needing a first class divorce attorney.
Posted by Chris | January 28, 2015
Relief!
As a single father I felt that there was no hope for me in the court system. Lets face it the odds are highly stacked against most fathers seeking custody. Brian gave no promises as well as no sugar coating. He listened to my case, reviewed my evidence and gave me his plan. Through the long journey he kept me informed and upbeat. Needless to say I have custody of my son and the truth shines through. I cant stress enough how happy I am with Brians approach to his craft. I highly recommend Brian to any hard working fathers who need a voice.
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Posted by Heather | September 26, 2014
Standard of Excellence~
Brian is passionate about what he does, and it shines through in everything he does to advocate for his clients whether inside or outside the courtroom. Brian is a well respected attorney in the community, and he never misses a beat. My case has been an uphill battle (as well as an extremely difficult case to fight) but Brian has never let me down, and there is no other attorney better equipped for my case. Brian has been such a strong advocate for my family, and I would never dream of using another attorney. NEVER cut corners when it comes to family matters, as I did when I hired my first attorney before Brian. Hiring Brian will be the best money you will ever spend. He will likely talk about my case for the rest of his career in law, and I will forever be grateful for all the support and hard work he and his wonderful/talented staff have done (and are doing) to get my children back where they belong. Miracles do happen when you have Brian on your side! That said, Brian truly represents the standard of excellence when it comes to finding the right attorney to represent you and your children's needs.
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Posted by Steven | January 20, 2014
Good Lawyers are hard to find
After reviewing 5 attorneys in the Dayton area, I found Brian Sommers. I gladly recommend him to anyone looking for a great attorney. With his staff, I felt that my best interest was always thought of. I will suggest when looking for an attorney, to meet with several before making your decision. But make sure that you interview Brian Sommers, you will not be disappointed.
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Posted by anonymous | January 15, 2014
Reliable and knowledgeable
Brian represented me zealously in my very difficult Divorce/custody case. He was thorough in his work and always made sure that I knew exactly what to expect. Brian made sure that I was making informed decisions about my situation. He was also prompt to court hearings. I would highly recommend him!
Posted by Angela | November 18, 2013
Supportive and encouraging!
Mr. Sommers and his team have been supportive and encouraging throughout the most difficult period in mine and my children's lives. They worked hard to ensure that we recieved a fair settlement. Mr. Sommers was always willing to fight for our best interest even when it felt too difficult and I was ready to give up. Our little family is greatful!
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Posted by Todd | November 12, 2013
All around great attorney!!!
Brian is an awesome attorney and I have complete confidence in him representing my family. I sought legal councel through Brian last year to handle my child custody case. I had 2 other attorneys before him who i was very insecure with. I immediately felt relaxed and confident with Brian and his team. It was so nice leaving his office with complete confidence everything would be handled on time and professionally. Being my children are involved the relief of having Brian and staff so caring, responsive and on top of things was a blessing. Brian always answers questions in a timely manner and is knowledgable of the law. He takes the time to go through everything thoroughly and know your case. I only wish we would have found him earlier. I will continue to seek any legal counceling thru Brian Sommers. Thanks Brian and team !!!
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Posted by Carrie | July 26, 2013
Awesome Attorney
If you are in need of a high quality divorce attorney in the Dayton area, look no further. Brian Sommers delivers! He is direct, prepared, and relentless. Brian's efforts resulted in high support payments and full custody without a lengthy trial. I will be eternally grateful to Brian and his team!
Posted by Amanda | June 28, 2013
Understanding of cases with children
I have had an ongoing case since 2009 with a difficult ex-spouse. It was a divorce with child custody. Brian is the only attorney I have had and will ever have. He genuinely does what he thinks is the right thing to do when children are involved as he understands because he has children himself. Although it has been a long, ongoing battle, Brian has been with me every step of the way and I trust his work completely. He has never led me in the wrong direction. I was able to get custody of my child which is the only thing that matters.
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Posted by Jami | May 28, 2013
Highly Recommend
Mr. Sommers represented me recently on my divorce case. I have no doubt that what he did for me he would do for anyone. He is a hard worker (knew my case inside and out), gave me sound advice, and respected my feelings. He went above and beyond his paid services. I am thankful to have found him and appreciate all the help I received.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 45 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 295-295 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Kirkland & Sommers Co., LPA
  • 2008 - Present
  • Member
  • Brian A. Sommers Co., LPA
  • 2000 - 2008

Education

  • University of Dayton
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2000
  • Indana State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1989

Legal Cases

  • Cable v. Cable
  • Affirmed lower court
  • Urbanic v. Urbanic
  • Affirmed lower court for client
  • Qi v. Yang
  • Affirmed in part and reversed in apart
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Associations

  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Fellow
  • 2018 - Present
  • Dayton Bar Association, Bar Exam and Qualifications Committee
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Ohio State Bar Assocation
  • Family Relations Law Committee
  • 2009 - Present
  • Montgomery County Family Law Forum
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Dayton Bar Association, Family Law Committee
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Dayton Bar Association, Family Law Committee
  • Past Chairman
  • 2010 - 2013
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2020
  • Fellow
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Best Family Law Lawyers in Ohio and America
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2018
  • Certified Specialist - Family Relations Law
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • 2011
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Speaking Engagements

  • Family Law
  • Civil Protection Orders
  • 2017
  • Divorce Law Practice
  • Divorce/Family Law
  • 2015
  • Annual Dayton Bar Assoc Family Law Conference
  • Civil Protection Orders
  • 2015
  • Domestic Relations 101
  • Spousal Support and Property Division
  • 2012
  • Unique Domestic Relations Issues
  • Legal Status of Frozen Embryos
  • 2012
  • Domestic Relations Seminar
  • Spousal Support
  • 2011
  • Grandparents Rights
  • Grandparents Rights
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

Received (16)
Given (7)
Endorse Brian
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I Have known Brian for more than 15 years. He is extremely knowledgeable and zealous in his practice areas. I have personally referred friends to Brian and I endorse him"
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 29
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"When our law firm has a conflict of interest and have to refer a client to another lawyer one of the law firms on that list is Brian's. He is knowledgeable and never gives up and that is exactly what you need in a divorce, custody and family law attorney."
Family Attorney | Jun 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Brian is an excellent attorney and a worthy adversary. He does a great job for his clients."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Other
"I endorse Mr. Sommers."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Brian is an excellent attorney."
Family Attorney | Jun 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Brian. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Brian is a pillar of the Dayton legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Brian is an excellent domestic relations attorney who has demonstrated his superior knowledge of family law by becoming a board certified."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Brian is very professional and a strong advocate for his client. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Very knowledgeable attorney. He is committed to getting the best for his client."
Family Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Being Board Certified in the area of Family Law says a lot about Brian Sommers' understanding and knowledge of domestic relations issues and Family Law. I would highly recommend him to you if his office is anywhere near you and you have a domestic relations or family law problem."
Family Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Brian is an excellent domestic relations attorney. He is very knowledgeable and experienced in his field."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Sommers exemplifies the very best attributes of an active attorney and a level of professionalism we should all aspire to. Honesty, dedication and a love of the law which means. giving back to others who lack our understanding of the law. The thousands years of combined legal experience of professionals activity participating in forum represent some of the very best of our profession, which is after all, at its base is desire to those in need. This Attorney’s experience allows to obtain excellent results for his clients. Most importantly, this Attorney is willing to help complete strangers (as is the case in this forum) with legal problem for which we may have some helpful information and thereby demystify the legal process as much as possible. I would recommend this Attorney without any hesitation for all practice areas listed."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Brian is a tremendous lawyer and an even better advocate for his clients."
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