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Helen Clare Wallace

Family Attorney at Dayton, OH

4.4   36 reviews
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About Helen

Learn Helen’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    30%
    Helen's family law practice includes but is not limited to, divorce, dissolution, mediation, legal separation, child custody, child support as well as issues involving parenting time and post-decree modifications (of support, parenting time, etc.).

    18 years

  2. Family
    30%
    Helen's family law practice includes but is not limited to, adoption, divorce, dissolution, mediation, legal separation, child custody, child support as well as issues involving parenting time and post-decree modifications (of support, parenting time, etc.).

    18 years

  3. Child custody
    20%
    Helen's family law practice includes but is not limited to, divorce, dissolution, mediation, legal separation, child custody, child support as well as issues involving parenting time and post-decree modifications (of support, parenting time, etc.).

    18 years

  4. Chapter 7 bankruptcy
    10%
    Helen helps clients file for personal Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

    18 years

  5. Wrongful death
    10%
    Helen represents clients in wrongful death and personal injury litigation.

    18 years

I am fortunate to have had a rigorous legal education and varied legal career that form an excellent foundation from which I practice.  I represent my clients the way I would want to be represented and do my best to communcate promptly, well and often so each step of the process is understood.   I pride myself on doing my very best for my clients and getting them through the legal process efficiently and as painlessly as possible.  In addition to being an attorney, I am also a mother to my 14 year old boy and 12 year old girl.  My husband and I have been married for 19 years, and live in Washington Township, close to my law office. I love to read, run and hike with my 3 dogs,all sweet rescues (a massive St. Bernard, a Pug/Terrier mix and a Shepherd mix).  We also have 2 cats so our house is at its capacity, as I often remind my children.  I really enjoy getting to know my clients and helping them achieve their legal objectives the best way possible, both financially and emotionally.

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Licensed for 22 years
State OH
Status Active
Acquired 2000
Updated 11/13/2022
State KY
Status Former Member
Acquired 2000
Updated 12/20/2022

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

Contact Helen

Helen Wallace, Attorney at Law
7601 Paragon Road
Suite 103
Dayton, OH, 45459

Reviews

4.4 / 5.0
  36 customer reviews
Posted by Staci | February 13, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Compassionate, caring and supportive
Helen was my attorney during my divorce. She listened to my concerns and fought for everything I needed in order to keep my house and raise my two children. She was exceptional and went above and beyond what I thought an attorney would need to do. She was always available to answer questions and guided me through the process of regaining my independence. I would definitely recommend Helen Wallace to anyone in need of a lawyer.
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Posted by Hayley | September 22, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Expertise and professionalism
Helen provided me the highest level of service and guidance needed to work through my divorce and custody case. Through a challenging process, she provided sound advice, empathy and support, and we achieved our desired outcome. I truly believe in situations like this, you get what you pay for. I'm very glad I invested in the best.
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Posted by Barbara Horwitz, Esq. | January 16, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Top notch attorney!
I have known Helen professionally for several years, and have always found her to be highly competent in her work, and extremely thorough. I have referred clients to her for family matters, and they have always reported back how well she did for them, and how much she cared about their well-being. It is a pleasure to work with her!
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Posted by anonymous | May 19, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very helpful in my dissolution
Helen was very understanding and helpful as I moved through the dissolution process. I had some specific requests in terms of child custody, and she was willing to work for those accommodations. Her insight into what the court would likely accept and what they would question was very valuable. She also presented my case strongly in front of the magistrate, which definitely saved my case for my specific custody requests. Thank you, Helen!
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Response from Helen Wallace May 20, 2016
Thank you for the very kind review. I appreciate it so much, both professionally and personally. I am glad we achieved your objectives in an efficient and amicable way. Best wishes, now and always. Helen
Posted by Donnie | February 29, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Child Custody
Being a father I was looking for an attorney would would see what is best for my daughter and fight for her. I interviewed several before I met with Helen and within the first few minutes I knew that I had found the right person for my case. I was well informed throughout my case and given decent timelines. Helen also helped me understand the process while it was going on and kept me calm during the "slow" portions. I have no doubt that she grew tired of my emails but she never failed to respond. Helen and her staff performed well beyond my expectations with professionalism and empathy. I have already referred others to Helen and she has performed for them as well as she did for me. The best compliment I could ever give her our my referrals, and there have been many. I'm very thankful for finding her on AVVO. Her rating was the reason I made an appointment. If you are reading my review and trying to decide, make an appointment. I have no doubt she will be the right choice.
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Response from Helen Wallace April 23, 2016
Thank you for the very kind review and the referrals. Both are appreciated more than I can say. You know I never get tired of your emails or texts as we just discussed today. ;-) I really enjoy working with you, and you are an excellent client. Being part of a parent's enduring and complete dedication to a child's well-being is a wonderful thing. We were able to accomplish what we did not just due to my legal advice, but because of all your hard work and steadfast patience. Helen
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Posted by Kimiko | February 25, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very professional and reliable
Helen Wallace was in my corner from the very beginning. I had a very long road to travel down and she was with me the entire way. Custody battles can be messy and drag on for so long. Helen advised me of all of my options and was prepared to follow me down whichever path I chose. With my case finally resolved I cannot thank Helen enough for all of her hard work and caring. She is, by far, the best representation I have ever had.
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Response from Helen Wallace February 26, 2016
Thank you. I really appreciate your kind words and am glad I was able to help during such a difficult time. Best wishes, now and always, Helen
Posted by Matthew | December 22, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Caring, Compassionate, and Professional
Divorce is complicated -- add in the court system and you have a recipe for disaster. That is, unless you have the proper guidance. That's exactly what I received from Ms. Wallace. Words cannot convey how grateful I am for the service she provided. It made the darkness of a rather unfortunate situation much more navigable. Every step of the way I was informed and up-to-date as to where we were at in the process. Questions were always answered in a timely fashion. Having contacted several other law offices, I felt quite uneasy about the road ahead. After the initial consultation with Ms. Wallace, my mind was at ease and I knew I had found my attorney.
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Response from Helen Wallace February 26, 2016
Thanks Matt, I really appreciate the kind words and enjoyed working with you. Hope all is well, Helen
Posted by Jake | December 9, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Ohio's #1 Lawyer
Helen Wallace is the best attorney in ohio. The first time Helen and I spoke she made me feel completely and totally comfortable knowing that she would ensure the best outcome possible. Hellen is not only the most professional and intelligent lawyer I've ever met she also has a huge heart and will care for your case like no one else. If your trying to find the absolute best legal representation look no further you have found it, hire Helen Wallace!
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Response from Helen Wallace December 10, 2015
Thank you for such a great review Jake. I appreciate it more than I can say. Thank you for being such a wonderful client! I am so glad I could be of help to you and wish you all the best in the future. Helen
Posted by anonymous | December 4, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Kind, caring, and compassionate
Helen was more than I expected from an attorney. She is very caring, compassionate, and personable, which is not something I have experienced from attorneys in the past. She went above and beyond the call of duty on several occasions and helped my spouse and I reach agreements that did not look possible. When things were looking grim, she always came through and, in the end, I was as happy as possible with the results. Divorce is never ideal, but I do feel that the best possible results were attained because I had Helen on my side. I highly recommend her.
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Response from Helen Wallace December 4, 2015
Thank you so much. You have made my day with your kind words! Best wishes for a bright and happy future. Helen
Posted by Lisa | November 17, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney!
Helen Wallace is an excellent attorney! She has helped me with my divorce and her kindness and her compassion through such a difficult process is beyond words. I have also recommended her to several family members who were in need of a family attorney and she of course has shown them the same kindness and got the matter resolved in their favor. I will continue to recommend Helen to anyone I know!
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Response from Helen Wallace December 4, 2015
Thank you Lisa, I really appreciate you, the compliments - and the referrals ;-). I am fortunate that I could help you during such a difficult time.
Posted by anonymous | November 10, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I made the right choice!
Helen was great from the start and worked with me to make sure the end result was what I wanted and best for my child. Being the father in a custody case you want to make sure you have a great attorney on your side and she is definitely that. I wouldn't even think to look around if I need anything in the future.
Response from Helen Wallace November 12, 2015
Thank you so much. Your kind words are much appreciated and I wish you all the best in the future. Helen
Posted by Michelle | April 24, 2015
Excellent!!!
I am very pleased with the legal services provided by Helen Wallace and her team. They were always available via phone or email to answer ANY questions. She is family orientated and personable. I could not have imagined anyone else by my side going through a transition. Wonderful legal team!!! Highly recommended.
Posted by Sam | March 11, 2015
I Highly Recommend Helen Clare Wallace
I had the good fortune, and the pleasure of being represented in court by Helen Wallace, Attorney at Law. I would happily avail myself of her services again, should I ever again need legal representation, or legal services. I have dealt with many attorneys over the last several decades, and I consider Helen among the very best.
Posted by Sam | December 21, 2014
I just cannot say Enough Good Things about Helen Clare Wallace
Helen has been my faithfully supportive advocate throughout a lengthy and complex settlement negotiation. I will not hesitate for a moment to "send more work her way" when the occasion presents itself. I cannot imagine a higher or more responsive level of service than that which Helen provided to me. I absolutely would recommend her services to anyone seeking ethical, and outstanding legal services.
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Posted by Angie | November 27, 2014
Great bankruptcy attorney
Helen was the second attorney I went to, the first attorney made me feel pressured and horrible about filling. Helen was considerate and very kind, she was very knowledgeable, and always responded to emails, phone calls quickly. I would highly recommend her to a friend.
Posted by Scott | November 4, 2014
great attorney.
Helen did a wonderful job on my divorce case. She was very attentive and easy to work with. She took concerns seriously and kept me up to date.
Posted by Deana | October 13, 2014
Great under the most adverse of situations
Helen has been my attorney for 5 years now. She is very competant and helpful even in the most adverse of situations. Her advice is always right on the mark and she is great at listening to her client and doing what is asked. I have and would recommend Helen to anyone seeking to divorce or is having a custody/visitation issue.
Posted by Edwin | September 10, 2014
Representing for early termination of spousal suppport
My case involved trying to get my ex-wife to settle on an early termination or reduction of spousal support. The amount I agreed to over four years ago was a higher percentage of my income than what is usually expected and I have had family changes that made continuing to pay the amount quite burdensome. Also, I was moving out of state and I needed her to represent me in absence. She researched the case and felt that I had a better chance with asking for a lump sum payoff to end the support than reducing the amount. Helen tried several options to get my ex and her attorney to agree to an amount but was rebuked each time. This took several months and two hearings. This was much longer than I thought it should take. Helen was patient with my complaints about the amount of time it was taking and my concern that my ex was not going to take an offer. I was prepared to withdraw the motion but Helen asked for a little more time. She was correct in being a little more patient as, Inexplicably, my ex decided to agree to an offer that was essentially what I had offered at the beginning of the process (though she now managed to get an additional 6 months spousal support for me in that time). I felt that Helen represented me well and had a fair wage for the work. There were a few occasions where I wanted to hear back from her sooner than when she responded to my emails but that could also be due to my anxiousness of wanting the case to be over.
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Posted by Nancy | December 21, 2013
A very pleased client
Helen was very thorough in setting an expectation, in responding and in resolving my debt situation. Hopefully, I will not be needing any legal assistance going forward, however, if an issue arises I will not hesitate to contact Helen.
Posted by Sandra | September 23, 2013
I'm so glad she was on my side!
Ms. Helen Wallace treated me with the utmost respect and sincerity from the moment we first met. She handled my case expeditiously and remained in close contact by phone and email as needed. No detail was overlooked. She was very persistent in making sure everything was right, regardless of how many times it had to be returned to the opposing lawyer for corrections. She took the time to understand my personality and always spoke to me in a manner that I could easily understand and helped me to appreciate the decisions that were being made. The outcome of my case was better than anticipated. It was truly a pleasure to work with Ms. Wallace and to have her on my side. When, or if, I need legal advice in the future, Ms. Wallace will be the first person I call!
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 350-350 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney/Owner
  • Helen Wallace, Attorney at Law
  • 2013 - Present
  • Attorney/Partner
  • Baldwin Valley & Wallace, LLC
  • 2011 - 2013
  • Attorney/Owner
  • Helen Wallace, Attorney at Law
  • 2005 - 2011
  • Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
  • Montgomery County Prosecutor's Office
  • 2001 - 2005
  • Associate Attorney
  • Manley Burke & Lipton
  • 1999 - 2001
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Education

  • George Washington University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • University of Cincinnati
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 1995

Legal Cases

  • Johnson v. Rooks, 2008 CV 3786 (Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas)
  • Judgment for Defendant (client represented by Helen Wallace)
  • Lucky Discount Lumber Co. v. Machine Tools of America, Montgomery County Court of Appeals Case Number CA 22559
  • Case remanded to determine damages, assignment of error argued by Helen Wallace sustained

Associations

  • Miami Valley Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Children's Dyslexia Center
  • Board Member (2014, Consultant Prior)
  • 2012 - Present
  • Stanley Z. Greenberg Family Law Forum
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • American Bankruptcy Law Forum
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Dayton Bar Association
  • Member (past Chair of the Juvenile Law Committee)
  • 2007 - Present
  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2007 - 2013
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • License to Practice in SCOTUS
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America
  • 2007
  • License to Practice in Federal Court
  • Southern District of Ohio
  • 2001
  • License to Practice in Federal Court
  • Eastern District of Kentucky
  • 2001

Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • American Bankruptcy Law Forum
  • Conversions in Bankruptcy
  • 2012
  • OAJ Annual Convention Consumer Law Continuing Education Panel
  • Basics of Bankruptcy
  • 2011
  • Guardian Ad Litem Certification
  • The Guardian Ad Litem in Delinquency Court
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

Received (23)
Given (32)
Endorse Helen
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Jan 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Helen graduated from one of the very top notch law schools in the country and gained valuable experience from her work at the DOJ in Washington. She's seen both sides of cases too, from her work at legal aid and also the prosecutor's office. And she has a great way of communicating with her clients too, which you can see from her published Avvo Legal Guides. With years of experience behind her in Family Law, Bankruptcy Law, Criminal Law and other areas too - she is one of the few attorneys who can really call themselves an experienced General Practice attorney. And, having worked in a GP firm, I can tell you that it's a lot tougher to be a GP attorney than most people realize. If you need help in any of her areas of law, and her office is anywhere near you, I highly recommend her to you."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Very intelligent and capable lawyer. Excellent client relations. Well-respected throughout legal community."
Family Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Helen Wallace is an outstanding attorney and I highly recommend her to you if you are looking for an attorney in any area of family law from divorce & separation to child custody to child support to post decree matters. I have represented clients on the opposite side of cases from her and I know from personal experience that she is a formidable opponent. She is well versed in all areas of family law and she is always well prepared for court. She will zealously represent you and work hard to achieve your objectives."
Child custody Attorney | Jul 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Helen is a knowledgeable and accomplished attorney in all family law matters."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Chapter 13 bankruptcy Attorney | May 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse this lawyer. Attorney Wallace has impressive credentials and a wealth of experirence. I would strongly recommend this attorney to anyone in the Centerville, OH area in need of an experienced and thorough bankruptcy attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Helen is an intelligent, articulate, and compassionate attorney who provides skilled and caring advocacy to her representation of her clients. She strives to maintain her skills at the highest level by actively participating in continuing education programs on the subject of bankruptcy. She is an attorney who you can work with as opposing counsel, and know that you're dealing with a person of integrity."
Juvenile law Attorney | Jan 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer in three areas of the law- juvenile, domestic relations and bankruptcy."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Helen for years and she has always been very ethical, hardworking and prompt. She is a good advocate and a friendly, compassionate lawyer. She is a good opponent."
Family Attorney | Jan 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with Helen on several juvenile custody cases and have always found her to be thoroughly prepared and knowledgeable about the case and the law. She is a zealous advocate for her clients and is easy to work with as opposing counsel."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Dec 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Helen is a tremendous advocate for her clients in and out of the courtroom."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"In my experiences with Helen over the past several years, she is always very well prepared and efficient. Her clients seem very relaxed as I'm sure she has prepared them just as well. Helen's experience and her work ethic make her a valuable member of this legal community."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Helen has started to become a fixture in the Dayton bankruptcy community through her hard work and dedication to achieving the best results for her clients."
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