Robert N. Wistner, J.D. - Background and Experience
Central Ohio Academy of Collaborative Divorce Professionals - Past-President
January 2013 - 2015. Columbus, Ohio Area. For more information about COACDP and the work of its members, go to www.WinWinDivorce.org.
Robert N. Wistner, J.D. - Attorney at Law
January 1984 – December 1994; and January 2000 - Present. In Dublin, OH 43017
In the private practice of Family Law, I acquired over 30 years of experience in the representation of conflicted parties, including the litigation of contested divorces and parenting disputes, and the negotiation of separation agreements and parenting plans. Many of these cases involved the use of various types of expert witnesses, including business appraisers, real and personal property appraisers,
psychologists, vocational consultants, accountants and pension evaluators. During prior years, I was accorded recognition by my colleagues and peers in some of the following ways:
• Certification as a Specialist in Family Relations Law by the Ohio State Bar Association Family Relations Law Specialty Board (2000 - 2007), and Chair of the OSBA Family Law Committee, and the Solo, Small Firms and General Practice Section.
• Service as President and Executive Director of Central Ohio Academy of Collaborative Divorce Professionals.
• Election as President of the Columbus Bar Association, Franklin County Trial Lawyers Association, Dublin Chamber of Commerce, Columbus Metropolitan Library, and my church congregation.
• Member of the Senior Faculty at Conflict Management Services in Columbus, where I and the Director, Cheryl Lowry, taught training classes in Divorce Mediation and Mediating Divorce Finances.
• However, after serving as Vice-Chair of the Ohio Task Force on Family Law and Children for over two years (1999 – 2001), I concluded that most divorcing families involved in the disruptive work of restructuring their relationships and responsibilities would be served better by non-adversarial skills which are more appropriate for resolving or managing their marital and family disputes. Since about 90% of all cases that start out in courts as contested divorces and/or parenting disputes ultimately are settled by agreement of the parties, most of the time parties end up expending enormous amounts of time and money to prepare for a trial that probably will never occur.
During the last 20 years, I have completed over 200 hours of Continuing Legal Education and training to develop the special skills necessary to provide appropriate services to clients as a Neutral Mediator, Early Neutral Evaluator, Collaborative Family Lawyer and Collaborative Divorce Planner.
Whipps & Wistner, Attorneys at Law (Partner)
Trial lawyer with practice limited to the representation of husbands or wives in Family Law cases. January 1995 – December 1999.
Wistner & Foley, Attorneys at Law (Partner)
Trial lawyer with practice limited to the representation of husbands or wives in Family Law cases. January 1976 – December 1983.
Ohio Task Force on Family Law and Children.
January 1999 - December 2001
This Task Force was created by the Ohio General Assembly to study the manner in which contested divorce and parenting disputes were processed through Ohio courts, and to make recommendations to the General Assembly and the Supreme Court of Ohio that would improve those processes and make the effects less damaging to the children involved. The Task Force consisted of 24 domestic relations judges, family lawyers, mediators and mental health professionals. I was elected to serve as Vice-Chair.
Ohio Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Children, Families and the Courts.
January 2003 - December 2006
This Committee was created to make recommendations to the Supreme Court on court rules and practices related to improving the processing of Family Law cases through the 88 County Common Pleas Courts. The Chief Justice appointed me to represent the Ohio State Bar Association on the Committee. The Committee included a collection of multi-disciplinary professionals who had many years of experience in Family Law cases.
Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Task Force on Parenting Coordination Standards. January 2004 - December 2006
The goal of this national Task Force was to create standards for a relatively new family dispute resolution program called "Parenting Coordination" for better management of high conflict post-decree parenting disputes in family courts in all 50 states. Membership consisted of several highly experienced Family Lawyers, Mediators, Psychologists and Judges from several states. The AFCC President appointed me to serve. One of the results of this project was the adoption of new Rules of Superintendence by the Ohio Supreme Court in 2014 that created a new Parenting Coordination program for use in the Common Pleas Courts of all 88 counties in Ohio.
The Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law, J.D.
Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. B.A, in Political Science and Government. Honors: Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Eta Sigma.
Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating - AV Preeminent (highest peer rating in legal ability and ethical standards, and is a reflection of expertise, experience, integrity and overall professional excellence).