Kendra L. Carpenter

Top rated Family Law attorney in Columbus, Ohio

Carpenter Family Law LLC
Kendra L. Carpenter
Carpenter Family Law LLC

Practice Areas: Family Law; view more

Licensed in Ohio since: 2001

Education: Capital University Law School

Selected to Rising Stars: 2005 - 2006, 2011
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Carpenter Family Law LLC

3010 Hayden Rd
Columbus, OH 43235 Visit website


The founder of the Carpenter Family Law LLC in Columbus, Ohio, Kendra L. Carpenter serves clients in the surrounding regions with various legal matters, including:

  • Domestic relations
  • Paternity
  • Domestic violence
  • Grandparents’ rights
  • Child custody and support
  • Separation and divorce
  • Litigation and appeals
  • Personal injury defense/plaintiff
  • Workers’ compensation law
  • Employment law

Staying up to date with the law, Ms. Carpenter maintains her professional affiliations with her legal circle by being an active member of the American Bar Association and the Columbus Bar Association. She is the founding member of the American Academy of Certified Financial Litigators and the vice chair of Ohio State Bar Association's Family Law Committee.

Graduating with a B.A. from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, Ms. Carpenter enrolled at the Capital University Law School to pursue her law degree. While there, she was chosen to be a member of the Order of the Barristers and the Order of the Curia honor societies. She was also a part of the National Moot Court Team, the Environmental Moot Court Team and the National Mock Trial Team.

Earning her Juris Doctor magna cum laude in 2001, Ms. Carpenter gained her license the same year to practice law in Ohio. Later, she gained admissions before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th and 11th Circuits, the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.

Rated “Excellent” on Avvo. Ms. Carpenter is a creative problem solver who strives to find the most efficient solution for each case she handles. The Columbus Business First magazine has named her among the Forty Under 40 list, and she has been chosen to be on the Columbus CEO magazine’s Top Attorneys in Family Law. Moreover, she has been board-certified in family law by the Ohio Bar Association and elected to be custody guardian ad litem and a parenting coordinator by the Ohio Supreme Court.

Ms. Carpenter is a managing editor of EnVision Proven Success, which is a publication that aims to empower women. She also offers pro bono services via Second Saturday, a social service program that provides legal, financial and emotional counsel to people going through a divorce process.

Practice areas

Family Law

Focus areas

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

First Admitted: 2001, Ohio

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Bar/Professional Activity:
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana 
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • Ohio
  • Vice Chair of Family Law Committee, Ohio State Bar Association, 2020
  • American Academy for Certified Financial Litigators, Board Member, Founding Member, 2020
  • Capital University Law School, Board of Counselors, 2020
  • American Bar Association, 2020
  • Fellow - Ohio State Bar Foundation, 2020
  • Columbus Bar Association, 2020
  • Bar College, Ohio State Bar Association, 2020
  • Ohio State Bar Association, 2020
  • Leadership Academy - Ohio State Bar Association, 2011
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Columbus Business First, Book of Lists, Top Jury Verdicts
  • Adjunct Professor, Wittenberg University, Department of Business/Management
  • Young Alumnus of the Year, Capital University Law School
  • Service award, Central Ohio Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
  • Honoree , Forty Under 40, Columbus Business First, 2010
  • ColumbusCEO Top Laywers
Educational Background:
  • Purdue University, B.A., 1994
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Bar College, Ohio State Bar Association, 2017
  • Ohio State Bar Association Certified Specialist in Family Law, 2017
  • Deputy Magistrate, Hilliard, Ohio Mayor's Court, 2010
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Family Law Speaker - Second Saturday Columbus Chapter, 2020
  • Managing Editor - EnVison Proven Success, 2019
  • Treasurer - Clintonville Area Commission, 2020
  • District 6 Commissioner - Clintonville Area Commission, 2020
  • Clintonville Women's Club, 2020
  • Lion's Internations - Columbus Northern Chapter, 2020
  • Ask an Attorney -- ABC 6 on Your Side, 2020
  • Managing Editor - EnVision Proven Success, a non-profit organization that provides knowledge and resources that empower women to improve their quality of life.  It partners and forms coalitions to assist with re-entry, domestic violence, suicide prevention, human trafficking, and other community organizations will improve the quality of life for diverse women with challenges., 2019
  • Legal Aid Society - probono services, 2020
  • Canine Connection - Visiting Children's Hospital and area nursing homes with therapy dog, 2017
  • -- Sending packages to our troops overseas , 2007
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • More than 40 legal professionals—judges, law professors, and leading practitioners—contributed analysis, commentary, and practical guidance to Domestic Relations Law, making it a valuable family law resource. Topics include: Antenuptial agreements Marriage Parentage Marital obligations Property rights Domestic violence Separation Divorce Spousal support and more Case analysis and hypotheticals illustrate successful strategies., Author, Ohio Domestic Relations Law - Thomson Reuters, Law, 2020
Industry Groups:
  • Child Support
  • Custody
  • Dissolution
  • Divorce
  • Family Law
  • Litigation
  • Post-Decree
  • Spousal Support

Office location for Kendra L. Carpenter

3010 Hayden Rd
Columbus, OH 43235

Phone: 614-310-4135


3 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2005 - 2006, 2011

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