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Christopher L. Trolinger

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Columbus, OH

Trolinger Law Offices, LLC
175 S. High Street, Suite 720
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-705-6025
Selected to Rising Stars: 2014 - 2022
Licensed in Ohio Since: 2008
Practice Areas: Family Law, Appellate
Attorney Profile

Attorney Christopher L. Trolinger is the managing partner of Trolinger Law Offices, LLC, which opened its first branch in Columbus, Ohio. A top-ranked lawyer with more than 13 years of total legal experience, Mr. Trolinger focuses his practice primarily on family law, and he provides exceptional counsel and support to clients across his region who are going through a divorce or have some other serious legal issue affecting their families.

As a family law attorney, Mr. Trolinger has successfully handled numerous divorce cases, including many high-asset divorces. As such, he has the extensive skills and resources required to handle his clients' matters efficiently while helping them achieve their goals and the favorable outcomes they seek as cost-effectively as possible. A divorced father himself, he fully understands the uncertainty his clients are likely experiencing, and he has gained a reputation for his unwavering compassion and integrity when dealing with his clients.

Along with handling all aspects of divorce, including child custody and complex property division, Mr. Trolinger also drafts enforceable pre-nuptial agreements, and he has extensive appellate experience as well as considerable experience in business law. He also has a vast amount of trial experience, and he has earned consistent recognition from his peers as being among the top 5% of lawyers in his region.

A 2005 magna cum laude graduate of the University of Arkansas, where he received the Harold Hantz Scholarship, Mr. Trolinger attended the Ohio State University's Moritz College of Law, where he obtained his Juris Doctor in 2008. While there, he served as chief symposium editor of the Entrepreneurial Business Law Journal, and he received the Arthur James Seelye Small Business Law Award for excellence in business law as well as the CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Business Associations and Appellate Advocacy.

Mr. Trolinger is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit. He is an active member of the Columbus Bar Association, the Cincinnati Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association and the Union County Bar Association, and he serves as chair of the board of trustees for the Ohio Association for Justice's Family Law Section.

Practice Areas
Family Law, Appellate
Focus Areas

Adoption, Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Juvenile Law, Name Change, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Same Sex Family Law, Father's Rights, Appeals


9 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2014 - 2022

About Christopher L. Trolinger

First Admitted: 2008, Ohio

Professional Webpage:


  • Expertise Best Divorce Lawyers in Columbus 2017
  • Jessup International Law Moot Court team, Member, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
  • AVVO Excellent Family Law Attorney
  • Rated by Super Lawyers as a rising star each year since 2014
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Business Associations and Appellate Advocacy, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
  • Arthur James Seelye Small Business Law Award for excellence in business law, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Union County Bar Association, Member
  • Central Ohio Association for Justice, Member
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
  • Columbus Bar Association, Member
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Member
  • Family Law Section Chair on the board of trustees of the Ohio Association for Justice
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • State of Ohio

Educational Background

  • University of Arkansas, Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude, awarded the Harold Hantz scholarship


  • IN RE LS, 60 NE 3d 9 - Ohio: Court of Appeals, 3rd Appellate Dist. 2016
  • Evert v. The Ohio State University, 2014-Ohio-5934, Court of Claims
  • JS v. LS 2020-Ohio-448; Ohio Tenth District Court of Appeals, 2020
  • Jones v. Roberts, 2014 Ohio 2798 - Ohio: Court of Appeals, 10th Appellate Dist. 2014
  • In Re LS, 2016-Ohio-4999, 2016
  • Williamson v. Recovery Ltd. Partnership, 731 F. 3d 608 - Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit 2013
  • Grischow v. Grischow, 2019-Ohio-1856, 2019
  • Hagan v. Hagan, 2019-Ohio-51, 2019
  • Barker v. Goodrich, 649 F. 3d 428 (6th Cir.), 2011
  • In Re GH, 2016-Ohio-1188, 2016
  • Foor v. Columbus Real Estate, 2013-Ohio-2848, 2013

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • In May 2015 and May 2016, Mr. Trolinger served as a moderator and presented at The Ohio Association for Justice Annual Convention
  • Chief Symposium Editor on the Entrepreneurial Business Law Journal
  • The Ohio Association for Justice Quarterly April 2015: Cohabitation in Domestic Relations Cases Post- McGlothan 
  • In December 2017, Mr. Trolinger spoke with WSYX ABC 6 about Ohio's opioid epidemic and the devastating impact on grandparents in the local community who bear the financial and emotional burden of caring for children affected by the drug crisis
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Office Location for Christopher L. Trolinger

175 S. High Street
Suite 720
Columbus, OH 43215

Phone: 614-705-6025

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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