Ronald Petroff

Ronald Petroff

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Columbus, OH

Petroff Law Offices, LLC
 | 140 East Town Street, Suite 1070
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-222-4288
Selected to Rising Stars: 2016 - 2018
Licensed Since: 2006
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law (90%),
  • Business/Corporate (10%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Russian
Attorney Profile

Ronald R. Petroff was born in Cleveland, Ohio and graduated high school from the University School in Hunting Valley, Ohio. He attended Vanderbilt University as an undergraduate where he earned a bachelor's degree in Political Science and American History. He graduated cum laude and was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. Mr. Petroff then attended The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law where he earned a certificate in Alternate Dispute Resolution and was a member of the National Labor and Employment Law Moot Court Team. Mr. Petroff also was a member of the National Trial Competition Team. Mr. Petroff also earned a CALI Excellence for the Future Award for his perfect score in the class, Criminal Law in the Boardroom.

Prior to law school, Mr. Petroff worked for the law firm of Thompson Hine as a litigation assistant. It was through this experience where he developed a passion for law. During law school, Mr. Petroff was a summer associate in the Columbus office of the law firm Buckley King. He also clerked for the Honorable Kathleen M. O'Malley in Federal Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Eastern Division.

Mr. Petroff is a member of the American Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association, the Columbus Bar Association, and the Franklin County Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Petroff is also a member of the Anti-Defamation League and the Columbus Jewish Federation.  In 2009, Mr. Petroff was appointed as Editor In Chief of "The Communicator", a legal periodical for trial lawyers circulated by the Central Ohio Association for Justice where he also services as Chairperson for the Domestic Relations Committee. In 2009, Mr. Petroff was selected as a board member for the Collaborative Divorce Professionals of Columbus, Ohio, an organization which is committed to settling divorces with dignity, and family dispute resolution by reasoned negotiation.

Mr. Petroff is admitted to practice in front of all state courts and agencies in the State of Ohio as well as before the United States District Court for the Southern and Northern Districts of Ohio.

Mr. Petroff is fluent in Russian and is passionate about assisting the Russian Community through pro bono work. After several years living in the Arena District, Mr. Petroff and his wife settled in New Albany to start a family. They now have three girls, ages 1, 3, and 5. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, S.C.U.B.A. Diving, theater, spending time with his family and close friends, as well as cheering on all of Cleveland's professional sports teams. Mr. Petroff is also passionate about his two alma maters, the Ohio State Buckeyes and Vanderbilt Commodores. Mr. Petroff, however, most enjoys spending time with his family going on long walks in New Albany, going to the pool, and enjoying being a member of a vibrant community.

About Ronald Petroff

Admitted: 2006, Ohio

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Honors and Awards:

  • "Young professionals are vital to our region and it's important to acknowledge those making great strides in shaping our community's future. Since 1993, Columbus Business First has recognized Central Ohio's young talent through the annual 40 Under 40 program.", 40 Under 40, Columbus Business First, 2017
  • Ronald R. Petroff was featured by Columbus Business First as a leading attorney in Ohio. He spoke to the publication about the recent growth at Petroff Law Offices and the many unique matters the firm handles, including same-sex divorce and custody issues. , 20 People to Know in Law, Columbus Business First, 2016
  • This is a distinction reserved for attorneys who have established themselves through their professionalism and excellence in service. Membership into NAJ’s Premier 100 requires the satisfaction of stringent criteria and standards as established by the NAJ’s Board of Directors. Less than 1% of the 1.2 million attorneys currently practicing in the U.S. will be selected to receive this important and prestigious designation, Premier 100 Trial Attorney, National Academy of Jurisprudence , 2016
  • Only offered to the most accomplished and qualified 1% of attorneys in the United States, Mr. Petroff is a Lifetime Charter Member. , Best Attorneys of America , Rue Ratings, 2015
  • Ranked as top 1% of Attorneys in Nation, Top 1% of Attorneys Nationwide, Association of Distinguished Counsel, 2015
  • Rated Top 10 Family Law Lawyer in the state of Ohio for second year in a row, Top 10 Family Law Laywer under 40, AIFLA, 2015
  • Firm Rated by Columbus Business First, Top Family Law Firms, Columbus Business First, 2015
  • American Society of Legal Advocates Top 10 under 40 Rankings in Ohio, Top 40 Family Law Laywer under 40, ASLA, 2014
  • SUPURB Rating by AVVO, Perfect 10 Rating, AVVO, 2014
  • National Academy of Family Law Attorneys Ranked, Top 10 Family Law Laywer under 40, NAFBL, 2014
  • Interntional Association of Family Law Lawyers Ranking, Top 10 Family Law Laywer under 40, IAFLA, 2014
  • Perfect Score in the Class, Criminal Law in the Boardroom, CALI, 2006

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution, 2006

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Northern District of Ohio, 2009
  • Southern District of Ohio, 2006

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Operation Legal Help Ohio - Represented Vetererns of Low Income in Family Court pro bono, 2014
  • In 2016, Ronald R. Petroff was selected to participate in  The Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law “Mentoring & More” program. He joins an elite group of attorneys and mentors who care deeply about improving law and its administration, have high expectations for themselves and their colleagues in the profession, and are willing to help guide those who follow them into the profession.

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • In Fall 2016, Mr. Petroff was selected to serve on the panel at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law Symposium on ethics and ADR. Speaking topics included various ethical issues and Collaborative Law., Speaker, The Ohio State University, 2016

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • American Cancer Society "Real Men Wear Pink" Champion.  Managing Partner Ron Petroff is partnering with the American Cancer Society as a 2016 “Real Men Wear Pink” Champion. He joins a distinguished group of community leaders who are dedicated to eliminating unnecessary deaths and suffering from cancer. “Within our Petroff Law Offices family, this disease has touched each of us, either personally or professionally. As a result, I am proud to partner with the American Cancer Society to raise awareness and funds for the fight against breast cancer. The American Cancer Society is at the forefront of funding important research to both prevent and treat breast cancer. The importance of early detection of this devastating disease cannot be underplayed-it will save the lives of our mothers, daughters, friends, and many women in our community.”, 2016
  • Campaign Chairman-The Honorable Judge Kim Browne, 2015
  • In June 2016, Managing Partner Ronald Petroff spoke with Columbus CEO magazine about legal trends business owners need to know.  Regarding business valuation in divorce, Petroff states that “the first thing is to agree on an expert, stipulate that there will be no battle over the value of the business, agree on an evaluation method and then agree that no double-dipping is to occur. The asset will be redistributed in the property settlement, not the support piece.”


Educational Background:

  • Double Major in Political Science and American History from Vanderbilt University - Graduated cum laude, 2003

Industry Groups

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • American Bar Association
  • Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Trial Lawyers
  • Office Location for Ronald Petroff

    140 East Town Street
    Suite 1070
    Columbus, OH 43215


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