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Bobbie O’Keefe

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Bobbie O’Keefe
Carlile Patchen & Murphy
366 East Broad Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Phone: 614-228-6135
Fax: 614-221-0216
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It is my personal and professional goal to guide a client through a termination of his or her marriage with as much understanding and financial efficiency as possible. In many cases, the collaborative process allows me to achieve those goals. It also allows me to be part of a team of professionals who are committed to creating an environment where the unique interests of the husband and the wife can be acknowledged and recognized with respect and care.

Areas of practice: All areas of family law, including dissolution, divorce, child custody, child and spousal support, matrimonial law, legal separation, antenuptial agreements and adoption. I practice in these areas using the following processes, depending on the circumstances of each client’s case: collaborative practice, mediation, principled negotiation and litigation.

Licensed to practice in Ohio, November 1992

Capital University Law School, Juris Doctorate, Order of the Curia, May 1992

UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION: Bachelor of Arts, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio

Central Ohio Academy of Collaborative Divorce Professionals, International Academy of Collaborative Professionals


I have pursued advanced training in collaborative law, mediation, divorce and custody. I am a highly trained and experienced mediator, especially in the areas of families, divorce and custody. I have also been extensively trained in mental health-related topics and served as a crisis volunteer for several years, helping people deal with substance abuse and addiction, rape, suicide, child sexual abuse, and other personal crises.

In 2009, I was appointed to the Fellows Class of the Ohio State Bar Foundation. Membership in the foundation is extended only to lawyers whose careers have demonstrated their dedication to the highest ideals of the legal profession and the welfare of their community.

My other professional memberships include the Ohio State Bar Association and its Family Law Committee, the Columbus Bar Association and its Family Law Committee, the Central Ohio Academy of Collaborative Divorce Professionals, Inc. (serving in different capacities on the board of directors, including past president), the Ohio Mediation Association and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. For several years, I was on the adjunct faculty of Columbus State Community College. I have also been a speaker for the local and state bar on collaborative law and alternative dispute resolution techniques in child custody and divorce, as well as on other substantive areas of family law.


I have three teenagers who are active in sports, so my time is often spent at soccer games and swim meets. When I do have free time, I enjoy spending it with my children and my two dogs, exercising, playing golf, watching sports (football, basketball, golf), reading and participating in community and charitable events. I volunteer when I can. For example, I have been a volunteer coach for Girls on the Run, I have spoken on the topic of international adoption and I have volunteered at my children’s schools.


1991 Mediation Training Harold Paddock, J.D.
1994 Conflict Resolution Training Columbus Bar Association
1998 Mediation Training Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution
2000 Advanced Mediation Training Conflict Management Services
2002 Basic Collaborative Law Training John L. McElwee, JD
2002 Advanced Mediation Training Conflict Management Services
2003 Advanced Mediation Training Conflict Management Services
2004 Advanced Collaborative Law Training Nancy Cameron, J.D., and Susan Gamache, Ph.D.
2005 Advanced Interdisciplinary Training Ellen Kay Douglas, Ph.D.
2008 Advanced Collaborative Family Law Pauline Tesler, J.D., and David Find, J.D.

2010 Advanced Collaborative Family Law, Taking it to the Next Level, Pauline Tesler, J.D.

2010 Advanced Collaborative Family Law, Navigating Emotional Currents and Managing Difficult Conversations in Collaborative Divorce Collaborative Practice Training Institute (CPTI) of Arlington, VA