Brinkman, Karen Riestenberg

119 East Court StreetCincinnati, OH 45202- 1203

Updated: 12/06/2016


I am a hardworking attorney who enjoys helping people with their family law issues and fighting for their property and parenting rights. I love educating my clients about the law and developing options on how to proceed. I enjoy a great relationship with the judges, magistrates and other attorneys in Warren, Clermont & Hamilton Counties in Ohio and am very active in the Cincinnati & Ohio State Bar Associations in order to stay current in the laws concerning my clients.

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Office Info

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Lead Counsel

Practice Areas

  • Domestic Relations/Family Law
  • Divorce
  • Dissolution
  • Collaborative Law
  • Post Decree Matters
  • Custody/Parenting Time
  • Shared Parenting
  • Stepparent Adoptions (Relatives)
  • Grandparent Visitation
  • Separation Agreements
  • Mediation
  • Speaking/Teaching
  • Testimonials


Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, 1984
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio, 1986

Other Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, 1991 - 1993 (District Representative, Young Lawyers Division Executive Council)
  • American Bar Association, 1989 - 1993 (Region 5 Coordinator, Disaster Legal Assistance Committee)
  • American Bar Association, 1992 (Presenter, Leadership Workshop Panel, Affiliate Outreach Project)
  • Ohio State Bar Association, 1993 - 1997 (Committee on Public Understanding of the Law)
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, 1984 - 1994
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Family Law, 1998 - Present (Legislative Drafting Subcommittee)
  • Cincinnati Bar Association, 1991 - 1993 (Board of Trustees)
  • Cincinnati Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, 1992 - 1993 (Chair)
  • Cincinnati Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, 1988 - 1994 (Executive Committee)
  • Cincinnati Bar Association (Chair Elect)
  • Cincinnati Bar Association (Vice Chair)
  • Cincinnati Bar Association (Secretary)
  • Cincinnati Bar Association (Practical Law Institute Committee)
  • Cincinnati Bar Association, 1986 - Present (Chair, Domestic Relations Court Committee)
  • Cincinnati Bar Association (Member Committee Development Committee)
  • Cincinnati Bar Association, 1993 - Present (Aka Committee on Committee)
  • Greater Cincinnati Women Lawyers Association, 1987 - 1988 (President)
  • Greater Cincinnati Women Lawyers Association, 1986 - 1995 (Executive Board, Membership Chair)
  • Greater Cincinnati Women Lawyers Association, 1985 - Present (Member)
  • Seton High School, 1984 (Alumnae Board)
  • Setan High School Alumnae Association, 1988 - 1991 (President)
  • Seton High School, 1998 (Board of Trustees)
  • Seton High School, 1992 (Mission Effectiveness Committee)
  • Mason Public Library (Former President)
  • Mason Public Library, 1998 - Present (Member)


  • Fletcher E. Nyce Award
  • Craig Menderson Memorial Award
  • Xavier University Certificate of Recognition

Classes and Seminars

  • Lecturer, Domestic Relations/Family Law, Cincinnati Bar Association
  • Lecturer, Domestic Relations/Family Law, Ohio State Bar Association
  • Lecturer, Domestic Relations/Family Law, National Business Institute Continuing Legal Education
  • Instructor, Domestic Relations, Hondros Career Center
  • Speaker, Fifth Amendment Issues in Domestic Relations, Ohio Magistrates Association Convention
  • Speaker, Evenings of Enrichment and Career Related Events, Seton High School

Pro Bono Activities

  • Volunteer Lawyers Project-Divorce Clinic Etc.
  • Member, Lebanon Optimist Club, 2008 - Present

Past Positions

  • Kimpel, Hyland, Weinkam & Goodson, LPA, Cincinnati, Ohio, Associate, 1994 - 1998
  • Bolsinger & Brinkman, Cincinnati, Ohio, Associate, 1986 - 1993
  • Judge Robert S. Kraft, Hamilton County, Ohio Court of Common Pleas, Constable, 1985 - 1986
  • Shade and Shade Co., LPA, Delaware, Ohio, Legal Assistant, 1983 - 1984
  • James C. Ayers and Associates, Columbus, Ohio, Legal Assistant, 1983


  • The Ohio State University College of Law, Columbus, Ohio, June, 1984
    Juris Doctor
  • Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1981
    Bachelor of Arts
    Honors: magna cum laude
    Major: Economics and Theology

Fraternities and Sororities

  • Alpha Sigma Nu

Office Information


119 East Court StreetCincinnati, OH 45202- 1203


  • 513-241-3833


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