Mark W. Dobbins

Top rated Family Law attorney in Louisville, Kentucky

Tilford Dobbins & Schmidt, PLLC
Mark W. Dobbins
Tilford Dobbins & Schmidt, PLLC

Practice Areas: Family Law, Estate Planning & Probate, State, Local & Municipal; view more

Licensed in Kentucky since: 1978

Education: University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2025

Tilford Dobbins & Schmidt, PLLC

401 West Main Street
Suite 1400
Louisville, KY 40202 Visit website


Attorney Mark W. Dobbins is a partner at Tilford Dobbins & Schmidt, PLLC, in Louisville, Kentucky, one of the city’s oldest and most-respected law firms, founded in 1901. Mr. Dobbins concentrates his practice on divorce, family law, estate planning and probate, municipal law and general civil litigation, serving clients in the Louisville area and throughout the surrounding counties.

Mr. Dobbins has over four decades of legal experience serving individuals, business owners and communities in Kentucky. Over his time in practice, he has successfully litigated and settled numerous complex cases on behalf of his clients, providing dedicated and solid legal representation.

In honor of his achievements, Louisville Magazine named Mr. Dobbins a “top lawyer” and the Louisville Pro Bono Consortium recognized him for his volunteer efforts. He holds an AV Preeminent* peer-review rating from Martindale-Hubbell, in recognition of his high legal ability and ethical standards.

In addition to managing his law practice, Mr. Dobbins stays active in his legal community. He belongs to the Louisville Bar Association, the Kentucky Bar Association and the American Bar Association and is a former chair of Citizens for Better Judges and the Louisville Pro Bono Consortium. He sits on the board of directors of the Cabbage Patch Settlement House and is a previous board chair of the Neighborhood House.

Mr. Dobbins received a bachelor’s degree from Emory University and earned his law degree from the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law. He obtained his license to practice law in 1978, which qualified him to appear before all Kentucky state courts. He also holds a license before federal courts and the Supreme Court of the United States.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Family Law, Estate Planning & Probate, State, Local & Municipal

Focus areas

Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Estate Planning, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Living Wills, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Name Change, Paternity, Power of Attorney, Prenuptial Agreements, Probate & Estate Administration, Same Sex Family Law, State, Local & Municipal Litigation, Trusts, Wills

  • 80% Family Law
  • 10% Estate Planning & Probate
  • 10% State, Local & Municipal

First Admitted: 1978

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Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Neighborhood House, Board of Directors, Past Chair
  • Cabbage Patch Settlement House, Board of Directors
  • City Salesman’s Club, Past President
  • Louisville Pro Bono Consortium (Legal Aid Society Volunteer Lawyer Program), Past Chair
  • Highland Presbyterian Church, Elder
  • Citizens for Better Judges, Past Chair
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • American Bar Association
  • Louisville Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Kentucky, 1978
  • U.S. District Court
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • AV peer review rating, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Louisville Bar Association’s Richard A. Revell Family Lawyer of the Year
  • Volunteer Lawyer recognition, Louisville Pro Bono Consortium
  • Top Lawyer "Louisville Magazine"
  • "Super Lawyer" Thomson Reuters
Educational Background:
  • Emory University, B.A.

Office location for Mark W. Dobbins

401 West Main Street
Suite 1400
Louisville, KY 40202

Phone: 502-584-1000


11 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2025

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