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James Richard Kirkland

Family Attorney at Dayton, OH

5.0   4 reviews

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About James

Learn James’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Child custody
    25%
    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.

  2. Child support
    25%
    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.

  3. Divorce and separation
    25%
    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.

  4. Family
    25%
    Attorney Kirkland has been a premier family lawyer in the great state of Ohio since 1969. Chances are good, if you need it done, Attorney Kirkland has done it. Call him today at 934.262.4975 to review your case today. Stop worrying, call now.

As an alumni of The Ohio State University, I am an avid college football fan. I have held season tickets to the Buckeyes for many years, and enjoy tailgaiting with my wife and grandchildren whenever I have the opportunity.

Licensed for 53 years
State OH
Status Active
Acquired 1969
Updated 11/12/2022

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

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Kirkland Sommers & Gearhardt Co. L.P.A.
10532 Success Lane
Dayton, OH, 45458
Kirkland Sommers & Gearhardt Co. L.P.A.
322 W. Main Street
Troy, OH, 45372
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Posted by Jeffery | April 5, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
#1 Attorney in Ohio
Attorney James Kirkland exceeded in all areas throughout the duration of my custody case. I'm an Ohio native, but relocated to Western Massachusetts, my sons lived in Ohio, but yearn to be with me. Although me residing out of State made the case complicated alone, Attorney Kirkland listened to my story and accepted the challenge. He was very organized, focus and reviewed every single detail and aspect that went into the case. He was not afraid to take the steps necessary to get results If there is one thing that I am sure of, is that he KNOWS THE LAW, and he knows it well. What made Kirkland unique was his approach. He is respectful, honest, thorough but very Family Orientated. I highly recommend him to anyone in need of legal representation, surrounding family law.
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Posted by Juan | December 5, 2014
Great Military or Personal Lawyer
I usually never write a review or give excellent ratings unless it well worth it. I am not the type of guy that logs on and reviews product or services. This, however, is my exception. I was in the Marine Corps when Mr. Kirkland took my divorce case in 2012. I needed a lawyer to represent me in court because I could not attend any hearings, due to my military obligations. Mr. Kirkland not only took my case (and even though we didn't have a chance to meet face to face) he was able to fully complete my divorce decree in court. Fast forward two years later. I had another crazy summons by the ex-wife (figures). Once again I need a lawyer and decided to go back to Mr. Kirkland for legal advice. Not only did he remember me after two years, but he once again took my case and fought for me. Mr. Kirkland is an excellent lawyer at a reasonable price, and I think the most important part is that, he is military friendly. He always gets back to you and keeps you informed throughout the whole proceedings. To all my military friends out there, I highly recommend him. Juan Semper Fi
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Posted by Sarah | October 15, 2014
Excellent service
I have been very pleased w/the Kirkland atty firm. The entire staff is very helpful, courteous and understanding while maintaining a professional atmosphere. Mr Kirkland himself is very open and straight forward. He answers questions in a timely manner, explains when necessary, prepares in advance and is very thorough. I have been working w/Mr. Kirkland and his office since 2011 as we walk thru a rather contentious divorce case. Both in his office and in the courtroom, Mr. Kirkland is attentive and efficient.
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Posted by Troy | October 8, 2014
Child custody
I would definitely recommend Mr. Kirkland! He worked hard to make sure I received custody of my children. He keeps you very informed and his firm treats you like family.

Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Education

  • Ohio State University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1969
  • Ohio Wesleyan University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • N/A

Associations

  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Dayton Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Dayton Bar Association, Family Law Committee
  • Chair
  • 2003 - 2004
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Chairman
  • 2002 - 2003
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (Ohio chapter)
  • President
  • 1990 - 1991
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Ohio Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Ohio Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Dayton Family Law Lawyer of the Year
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2014
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2013
  • Ohio Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Ohio Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2012
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2011
  • Ohio Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2010
  • Ohio Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Ohio Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2009
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2008
  • Ohio Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2008
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2007
  • Ohio Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2007
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2006
  • Ohio Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2006
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2005
  • Ohio Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2005
  • Ohio Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2004
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Publications

  • Ohio Domestic Relations
  • Marital Property Rights
  • N/A

Speaking Engagements

  • Law Eduaction Institute
  • Family Law
  • N/A

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Dayton Family Lawyer James Richard Kirkland
James Richard Kirkland
Family Attorney
Dayton, OH
Licensed for 53 years