Member Spotlight: Petroff Law Offices, LLC

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coverPetroff Law Offices, LLC is a statewide domestic relations and juvenile practice. Our attorneys are well known for successfully handling complex contested family law cases with sophistication and integrity. The firm prides itself on establishing long-lasting relationships with clients based on our passion and determination for achieving the best possible outcome for each matter.

Practice Areas Include:  Divorce, Dissolution, Child Custody, Domestic Violence, Spousal Support, Adoption, Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDRO’s), Marital Settlement Agreements, Equitable Property Divisions and Child Support Review and Enforcement.

What motivates you to jump out of bed in the morning?

Our drive to deliver the best possible result for each case, as well as our passion about making a meaningful and positive impact on each individual client motivate our firm to begin each new day with ambition and dedication to the service of others and the highest standards of practicing law.

Tell us about your company culture.

Ron Petroff founded Petroff Law Offices in 2007 under the principles of loyalty, work ethic, big firm legal representation at a small firm price, and most of all a sense of corporate integrity. These principles still hold true and are representative of our company culture today. Our attorneys pride themselves on handling complex legal matters with sophistication and aptitude that lead to superior results. We believe that passion, honesty, and constant professional development lead to success for our firm and our clients. We remain very true to our roots-we are a family oriented business with attorneys and staff dedicated to helping one another succeed in work and life and treat the office as an extension of our homes.

What are three things you use every day in your job?

There are several items important to our daily success: This question reminds me of a famous quote by Abraham Lincoln: “A lawyer’s time and advice are his stock in trade” – The three things we use most are:

  1. Our minds
  2. The Court’s eFiling System
  3. Coffee

What trends/insights are you finding in your field/market?

An unfortunate trend is the desire for individual’s to purchase “shot gun” forms and motions from sites such as Legal Zoom, Nolo, and Rocketlawyer without understanding the local practice of a particular court. Ohio has 88 counties and each one has their own idiosyncrasies and local practice. These sites are typically state specific, not county specific, which causes people great stress when filing for divorce.

 HeadshotsColumbus-Petroff Law Offices-3046What advice do you have to give to emerging talent in your field?

We believe that having patience is essential to success as a divorce attorney. People step into our office during their most vulnerable and difficult times. We must guide them both legally and emotionally through the divorce or child custody process. Patience and empathy are only learned through persona l life experiences. I suggest that burgeoning divorce attorneys really pay attention to when they are purchasing a house, starting a retirement plan, or having a child to the legal ramifications of all of these events and understand how they interplay with the advice he or she will give a potential client going through the same.

What benefit(s) attracted you to the Columbus Chamber?

As one of the top domestic relations law firms in Columbus, we wanted to find a way to truly connect with our community and inform its members about the exceptional services our firm offers. Participating in an organization with such a wealth of information, resources, and a solid business membership will allow our firm to grow and keep serving Columbus in the best way possible. We are excited to partake in the various networking events and utilize the Chamber’s small business resources.

What business challenges keep you up at night?

Legal marketing and development has been a huge focus for our firm this year. In a society largely focused on content-driven web marketing, we are constantly working to put out quality content meaningful to potential clients and the legal community. Our staff works hard to ensure that our reputation for exceptional client satisfaction is properly represented in all aspects of our marketing strategy.

Tell us about organizations/charities that you are passionate about.

In 2014, Petroff Law Offices was selected to participate in Operation Legal Help Ohio, a non-profit corporation whose mission is to provide quality legal assistance to active-duty and veteran men and women. Our firm was honored to be chosen out of many other applicants to help those who have so courageously and honorably served our nation. Additionally, Ron Petroff devotes his time to the Vanderbilt Alumni Association, helping gifted students in local schools pursue higher-level education. He also serves as the Alumni interviewer in the area. Attorney Erika Smitherman serves as a guest speaker at The Ohio State University and is adjunct faculty at Capital University. Our attorneys are active members of the Ohio State Bar Association as well as the Columbus Bar Association. We also support Nationwide Children’s Hospital through Rock N Bowl as well as the Columbus Jewish Federation and Columbus Academy.

If you could choose any song to represent your company, what song would it be?

Goodbye My Lover, by James Blunt

What Columbus business person do you most admire?

I most admire Leo Ruberto, owner and president of Feazel Roofing – He has successfully led a revival of Feazel Roofing and has done so from the bottom up. His vision for economic growth and his penchant for risk taking is something I hope to emulate. I also appreciate his counsel and guidance through the years with developing my business. Leo has been a great client, neighbor, and friend.

When you are not working, where in Columbus do you like to spend your time?

Our attorneys and staff are active members of their respective communities. Mr. Petroff enjoys spending time with his family in New Albany, where he is active in many community organizations discussed above. He can also be found cheering on his favorite Cleveland sports teams and traveling abroad with his family. Erika Smitherman enjoys spending time with her family in Canal Winchester, where she participates in many charities and volunteering with Canal Winchester Local Schools. Ben Nyhan can often be found in German Village cheering on Ohio State sports teams, while Michelle Askins enjoys running, swimming, and enjoying the outdoors in Dublin. Jelena Hotic remains an active member of the Arena District and can be found in Goodale Park, the North Market, and various concerts and events happening downtown. Kate Warner spends her time golfing and boating all over central Ohio when the weather allows!

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HeadshotsColumbus-Petroff Law Offices-3091Name of CEO: Ronald R. Petroff, Founder & Managing Partner

Ronald R. Petroff was born in Cleveland, Ohio and graduated high school from the University School in Hunting Valley, Ohio. He attended Vanderbilt University as an undergraduate where he earned a bachelor’s degree and double majored in Political Science and American History. He graduated cum laude and was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. Mr. Petroff then attended The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law where he earned a certificate in Alternate Dispute Resolution and was a member of the National Labor and Employment Law Moot Court Team. Mr. Petroff also was a member of the National Trial Competition Team. Mr. Petroff earned a CALI Excellence for the Future Award for his perfect score in the class, Criminal Law in the Boardroom.

Mr. Petroff has been voted by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys as one of the 10 best family law lawyers under the age of 40 in the state of Ohio for 2014 and 2015. He won a similar award from the American Society of Legal Advocates in 2014. In 2015, Mr. Petroff was voted as being one of the nation’s top 1% of attorneys by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel. Finally, in 2015, Mr. Petroff was rated by Super Lawyers as a rising star in the field of Family Law. Mr. Petroff has consistently held the highest 10/10 rating on the attorney directory site AVVO and recently won, for the second time, AVVO’s “Client’s Choice” award.

Mr. Petroff is admitted to practice in front of all state courts and agencies in the State of Ohio as well as before the United States District Court for the Southern and Northern Districts of Ohio.

Mr. Petroff is fluent in Russian and is passionate about giving back to the community. After several years living in the Arena District, Mr. Petroff and his wife settled in New Albany to start a family. They now have three girls, ages 1, 3, and 5. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, S.C.U.B.A. Diving, theater, spending time with his family and close friends, as well as cheering on all of Cleveland’s professional sports teams. Mr. Petroff is also passionate about his two alma maters, the Ohio State Buckeyes and Vanderbilt Commodores. Mr. Petroff, however, most enjoys spending time with his family going on walks in New Albany, going to the pool with his girls, and being an active member of the New Albany community.

Number of years as CEO: 9

Number of years with the business: 9

What are your biggest accomplishments?

I pride myself in working tirelessly to produce top-notch results for my clients, creating long-term relationships based on trust and integrity. My greatest accomplishments stem from these relationships and are reflected in the following honors: AVVO Client’s Choice Family Law Attorney, 10 Best Attorney’s Under 40, ASLA’s Top 40 Lawyers Under 40, Nation’s Top One Percent of Distinguished Counsel, and multiple awards from SuperLawyers. It is an honor to be recognized by these organizations and I always continue to work zealously towards serving my clients with a high degree of veracity and sophistication.