Joseph A. Nigh

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Columbus, OH

The Nigh Law Group
 | 115 West Main Street, Suite 300A
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-379-6444
Fax: 614-379-6454
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2021
Selected To Rising Stars: 2009 - 2019
Licensed Since: 2005
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law (80%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (10%),
  • General Litigation (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    The founder of The Nigh Law Group, Joseph A. Nigh is a highly regarded attorney in Columbus, Ohio. Representing clients across the state, he focuses his practice primarily on family law matters, including divorce, child custody and support, alimony and property division. Mr. Nigh also has a plaintiff's personal injury practice, assisting clients who have been harmed by the negligence of other parties in motor vehicle accidents, and he provides defense representation to adulats and juveniles who have been charged by the state with misdemeanors or felonies.

    As an undergraduate, Mr. Nigh attended The Ohio State University, where he majored in psychology and received a Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude in 2001. He then attended The Ohio State University | Michael E. Moritz College of Law and was awarded his Juris Doctor in 2004. While there, he took additional law school classes and graduate courses to earn a Certificate in Children Studies.   Mr. Nigh has been a partner in two other Columbus law firms before founding The Nigh Law Group in 2016. Admitted to practice in Ohio, Mr. Nigh is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio and the Supreme Court of the United States.

    Mr. Nigh is frequently asked to deliver presentations, both nationally and statewide, on a variety of subjects for continuing education for attorneys and for other professional groups. Some representative topics have included advanced child and spousal support and alienation and abuse allegations for the National Business Institute, a course on human trafficking for the Columbus Bar Association, and one on children as witnesses in family law litigation for the Ohio State Bar Association. Mr. Nigh received a 10 "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo, and he has been named to The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100, among other awards that can be found on his website.  Last year Expertise named his firm "Best Litigation Attorneys in Columbus". 

     
    Practice Areas
    • 80%Family Law
    • 10%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
    • 10%General Litigation
    Focus Areas

    Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Divorce, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Personal Injury - Defense

    Selections

    Selected to Super Lawyers for 2 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 11 years

    Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2021 Rising Stars: 2009 - 2019

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    About Joseph Nigh

    Admitted: 2005, Ohio

    Professional Webpage: http://www.nighlawgroup.com/JosephANigh.html

    Honors/Awards:

    • Global Directory of Who’s Who (Top Lawyer) 2016
    • AIOFLA’s “10 Best Under 40″ 2014
    • The American Society of Legal Advocates, Top 40 Family Lawyer Under 40 Ohio, 2014-2015
    • Who’s Who in American Law, 2005-2014
    • National Trial Lawyers –  Top 40 under 40 in Ohio, 2012- 2014
    • Franklin County Private Attorney Representative to the Ohio Summit on Children, 2009
    • 10 Best Under 40, 2 Years Client Satisfaction, American Institute of Family Law Attorneys™, 2014-2016
    • The National Trial Lawyers, Top 100 Trial Lawyers, 2013-2016
    • Appointed to a 5 year term as a Board Member of the Ohio Board of Dietetics by Governor Kasich
    • Listed in U.S. News and World Report Edition of Best Law Firms, 2010-2014
    • AVVO – Client’s Choice, Divorce, 2012
    • Selected by Columbus C.E.O. as one of the best divorce and family relations law firms
    • Who's Who Among American Lawyers, 2007
    • Top Attorneys – Outstanding Young Lawyers In Cleveland & Columbus
    • The National Academy of Family Law Attorneys, Nationally Ranked Top 10 Under 40, 2014
    • America’s Most Honored Professionals “Top 5%,” 2014-2015
    • Ohio Super Lawyers – Rising Stars, 2009-2014
    • AVVO – Top Divorce Attorney, “10”, 2012

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Certificate in Children's Studies, 2004

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • U.S. Supreme Court, 2009
    • Member, Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
    • Member, Columbus Bar Association, 2005
    • Representative, Franklin County, Ohio Summit on Children, 2009
    • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio, 2005
    • Juvenile Law Committee, Chair, Columbus Bar Association, 2008-2010
    • Preliminary Review Committee Chair, Central Ohio Association of Juvenile Lawyers, 2013-2014
    • Board Member, Central Ohio Association of Juvenile Lawyers, 2010-2015
    • Domestic Relations and Juvenile Court Task Force, Columbus Bar Association, 2009
    • Ohio, 2005
    • Member, American Bar Association
    • President, Central Ohio Association of Juvenile Lawyers, 2013-2015
    • Chairman Columbus Bar Association Juvenile Law Committee, 2008
    • Member, Ohio State Bar Association, 2005
    • President, Central Ohio Association of Juvenile Attorneys, 2013

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Ohio Appellate Case Law Update, COAJL, 2014
    • The Role of the Guardian ad Litem, Central Ohio Association of Juvenile Lawyers, 2013
    • Key Terms and Concepts in Juvenile Justice Reporting, Ohio State Bar Association, 2013
    • Bindovers/Transfer Proceedings in Ohio, Central Ohio Association of Juvenile Lawyers, 2013
    • Collateral Consequences of Juvenile Adjudications, Central Ohio Association of Juvenile Lawyers, 2013
    • Juvenile Delinquency/Criminal Case Law Update, Central Ohio Association of Juvenile Lawyers & Central Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2012
    • Juvenile Abuse-Neglect-Dependency, Civil, & GAL Case Law Update, Central Ohio Association of Juvenile Lawyers & Central Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2012
    • The Guardian Ad Litem:  Case Law and Legislative Update in Permanent Custody Cases, Central Ohio Association of Juvenile Lawyers, 2011
    • Delinquency and Criminal Law: Case Law and Legislative Update in Permanent Custody Cases, Central Ohio Association of Juvenile Lawyers, 2011
    • Detention Advocacy Training, Presenter/Panel Member: Central Ohio Association of Juvenile Lawyers, 2011
    • PCC Trial and Tribulations: Case Law and Legislative Update in Permanent Custody Cases, Central Ohio Association of Juvenile Lawyers, 2011
    • Sexting: Electronic Sex Among Teens, National Juvenile Defender Leadership Summit, 2010
    • Sexting: Electronic Sex Among Teens, Ohio Juvenile Defender Leadership Summit, 2010
    • Juvenile Delinquency/Criminal Case Law Update, Central Ohio Association of Juvenile Lawyers & Central Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2010
    • Abuse/Neglect/Dependency Case Law Update, Central Ohio Association of Juvenile Lawyers & Central Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2010
    • Juvenile Case Law Update, Central Ohio Association of Juvenile Lawyers, 2009
    • Client Interviews, The Supreme Court of Ohio New Lawyer Training, Columbus Bar Association, 2009
    • Transfer Hearings for Juveniles Being Transferred to Adult Court: Case Law and Procedures for Handling Bindover, Central Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2009
    • Juvenile Delinquency/Criminal Case Law update, Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers & Central Ohio Association of Juvenile Lawyers, 2008
    • Abuse/Neglect/Dependency Case Law Update, Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers & Central Ohio Association of Juvenile Lawyers, 2008
    • Objections & Appeals: Practices and Procedures, Columbus Bar Association, 2007
    • Justice for Children Practicum, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law; 2014, 2013, 2012
    • Capital Paralegal Program, 2011
    • Human Trafficking, Columbus Bar Association, 2010
    • Representing the Juvenile Sex Offender, Columbus Bar Association, 2009
    • Children May Be Witnesses in Family Law Trials, published in Ohio State Bar Association, “Law You Can Use”
    • Collateral Consequences in Juvenile Adjudications, COAJL, 2013
    • Effectively Arguing Contempt Issues, 2016
    • Juveniles and the Media: Key Terms and Concepts in Juvenile Justice Reporting, OSBA, 2013
    • Presented for the National Business Institute in Cincinnati (2017) on Alienation and Abuse Allegations in Custody Proceedings during their Advanced Custody and Support Issues Seminar
    • Advanced Child and Spousal Support Issues, 2016
    • Children as Witnesses in Family Law Litigation, OSBA, 2014

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 (Ohio), 2013
    • National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 (Ohio), 2012
    • The National Trial Lawyers "Top 100 Trial Lawyers", 2013
    • The American Society of Legal Advocates "Top 40 Family Lawyer Under 40", 2014

    Educational Background:

    • The Ohio State University, Marion, Ohio, A.A., 1999
    • The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, B.A., Honors: Magna Cum Laude, Honors: The Ohio State Superior Academic Achievement Award, Honors: Alpha Lambda Delta/Phi Eta Sigma, Honors: Psi Chi, Major: Psychology, 2011
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    Office Location for Joseph A. Nigh

    115 West Main Street
    Suite 300A
    Columbus, OH 43215

    Phone: 614-379-6444

    Fax: 614-379-6454

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