Speaking Engagements

Our attorneys are often called upon to serve as guest speakers at local schools, universities, and professional seminars. Please read about their Speaking Engagements below.


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Managing Partner, Ronald R. Petroff

In Fall 2016, Mr. Petroff was selected to serve on the panel at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law Symposium on ethics and ADR. Speaking topics included various ethical issues and Collaborative Law.

In 2016, Ronald R. Petroff was selected to participate in  The Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law “Mentoring & More” program. He joins an elite group of attorneys and mentors who care deeply about improving law and its administration, have high expectations for themselves and their colleagues in the profession, and are willing to help guide those who follow them into the profession.

In December of 2013, Mr. Petroff was invited as a guest on WTVN AM 610 morning show to speak about how blended families can naviagte the holiday season. Listen to the interview by clicking here.

In April of 2012, Mr. Petroff was invited to speak at the John Mercer Langston Bar Association about the practice of Domestic Relations and Juvenile Law in the hopes of attracting more minority attorneys to the field of Family Law.

In September of 2008, Mr. Petroff was invited to be the Vanderbilt University Alumni Speaker at Upper Arlington High School’s College Fair.

In January of 2008, Mr. Petroff was invited to be the key note speaker at The Ohio State University’s Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity quarterly meeting. Mr. Petroff spoke about the Law School Admissions Process, Law School Curriculum, and an introduction into the field of Family Law.


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Partner, Erika M. Smitherman

Ms. Smitherman remains dedicated to promoting education and the legal profession in local schools and universities. In 2015, she spoke at Canal Winchester High School about career development as an attorney. She has also been a guest classroom speaker at The Ohio State University and has worked with local Rotary Clubs and Fire Departments to provide insight into various family law matters.

In 2016, Ms. Smitherman was honored to be chosen as an adjunct professor at the Capital University Law School  Paralegal Program, focusing on the instruction of family law topics.

In recent years, Erika Smitherman has been an active participant in Ohio State University’s “Lunch with a Laywer” program, which facilitates meaningful conversations and connections between law students and local attorneys.