Her greatest professional satisfaction is knowing that she leaves her clients better than when she found them, often by empowering them with the knowledge of what to expect, what their entitlements are and by counseling them through the course of their domestic dispute from start to conclusion.
As a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), the International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL) and one of Super Lawyers® Top Women Lawyers, honors that are not easily earned, Attorney Amy Weis is a highly respected Columbus attorney. She’s earned her reputation by sparing her clients the financial and emotional drain of contested family law litigation through amicable settlements whenever possible. If a case cannot be resolved through a settlement, Amy is known as a talented litigator in the courtroom.
Her greatest professional satisfaction comes from leading her clients through the maze of decisions that come with ending a marriage. Amy believes that empowering her clients with the knowledge of what to expect, as well as the potential consequences of their choices is key to a successful outcome. Showing a client their rights and responsibilities and steering them through the course of their matrimonial dispute from start to conclusion.
In addition to her knowledge in family law and divorce, Amy has expanded her knowledge through the AAML to include:
- High profile client contested divorce cases
- Valuing interests in private equity investments
- Valuing majority or minority interests in closely held corporations and partnerships
- Intricacies of executive compensation
- Pet custody
Education & Experience
A magna cum laude graduate of Capital University Law School, Amy Weis was admitted to the Ohio Bar in 1996. Currently, she serves as the immediate past-president of the Ohio chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Previously, she served as the organization’s president and vice president.
In 2002, she was chair of the Domestic Relations Committee of the Franklin County Trial Lawyers Association.
Attorney Weis is a certified specialist in Family Relations Law by the Ohio State Bar Association.
Her awards include:
- Named one of The Best Lawyers in America© in Family Law – 2015 to 2020
- Ohio Rising Stars, Super Lawyers® – 2007
- Ohio Super Lawyers® – 2009 to 2020
- Named one of the Top 25 Columbus Women Lawyers – 2010 to 2020
- Named one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Ohio – 2011 to 2017, 2019 to 2020
In addition to this, she has written on the law and lectured on its practice. In 1997, she co-authored “Using Discovery to Your Client’s Advantage,” which the Ohio CLE Institute selected for publication in its “The Best of Family Law 1997″ publication.
In her free-time, Amy enjoys cycling, hiking, travel, and golf – although she’s been told her golf skills pale in comparison to her legal skills.
Bar and professional activity:
- American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Board of Governors Delegate for Ohio (2015-2021); Member-at-Large (2020 to present); Immediate Past-President (2013-2015); President, Ohio Chapter (2011-2013); Vice President (2009-2010).
- Chair, Domestic Relations Committee, Central Ohio Association for Justice (formerly the Franklin County Trial Lawyers Association), 2002
- Central Ohio Academy of Collaborative Divorce Professionals (2017 to present); Member Protocols Committee (2019 to present)
- Columbus Bar Association, Family Law Committee (1996 to present)
- American Bar Association, Family Law Section (1996 to present)
- Ohio State Bar Association, Family Law Commitee
- Capital University Law Review, Associate Editor, 1995-1996
- Capital University Law School, Order of the Curia, Staff Member, 1994 – 1995
Pro bono/Community Service:
- The Greater Columbus Film Commission, Advisory Board Member (2018 to present); Vice President (2019 to present), 2018
- Presenter, What’s Up with Prenupts?, 31st Annual Harold R. Kemp AAML Ohio Symposium on Family Law, 2020
- Presenter, Divorce 101-Using Discovery in Divorce, AAML Ohio/CBA, 2018
- Presenter, Ted Talks Tax: Home is Where the Tax Is, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Fall Meeting, Family Law, 2017
- Presenter, Hot Tips: Getting the Court to Order Life Insurance to Secure Support, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Ohio Chapter Symposium, 2017
- Presenter, Family Law Update, OSBA State Convention, 2014
- Replevin--Give Me Back My Stuff, legal options available to non-married people seeking return of their property after a relationship ends, presented as part of "Divorce Without A Marriage" , 24th Annual Harold R. Kemp AAML Ohio Symposium on Family Law, 2013
- Often Overlooked Antenuptial Agreement Issues , 23rd Annual Harold R. Kemp AAML Ohio Family Law Symposium; Dayton Bar Association, 2012
- Relocation in Custody Matters, key aspects of representing parents moving out-of-state with the children vs parents remaining in their home state with the children, Columbus Bar Association, 2008
- Child & Spousal Support Update, 2007
- Life Insurance & Divorce, importance and ability to obtain and maintain life insurance to collateralize support obligations with life insurance, Columbus Bar Association, 2006
- Retirement Benefits & Qualified Domestic Relations Orders, Ohio Legal Aid, 2006
- Relocation Do's and Don'ts, tips for litigating parental relocation in custody matters , 18th Annual AAML Ohio Family Law Symposium, 2006
- Using Prenuptial Agreements to Minimize Financial Surprises, 2004
- Divorce & Representing Small Business Owners, 1998
- Using Discovery to Your Client's Advantage, which was selected by the Ohio CLE Institute for publication in The Best of Family Law 1997, Co-Author, 1997
- Capital University Law Review, Associate Editor, 1995 – 1996