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Juliette Gaffney Dame

  • Partner






Juliette Gaffney Dame is an experienced family law attorney dedicated to working with parties as they navigate through the foreign and emotional process of divorce, dissolution and custody. In this highly personal process, Juliette works to educate her clients on a multitude of options from mediation to settlement conferences to Guardian Ad Litems, with the absolute last option being litigation. Juliette is a trained mediator and former Guardian ad Litem herself so she knows the benefits of keeping a case out of the court and children, especially, as far away from the contentious process. Put the parties more in control of the ultimate outcome. However, as a former prosecutor, Juliette is not one to shy away from taking a case to trial if that is the best option. As she will tell you in the initial consultation, "Each case is unique." While most cases will resolve by agreement, a very few will go to trial and you always have to have someone that is a ready and zealous advocate for you and your children when that day comes. Juliette is trained in alternatives such as mediation or collaborative law and has a strong history of successfully complex separation cases.

Areas Of Practice

  • Domestic Relations 75%
  • Juvenile Law 25%

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio, 2007
  • Ohio, 2006


  • University of Dayton School of Law, Dayton, Ohio
    • J.D. - 2006
  • Drew University, Madison, New Jersey
    • B.A. - 1996
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Major: Political Science


  • Andrea Hicks
  • Jessi Beauchamp
  • Kim Bui
  • Ellen Rittgers

Honors and Awards

  • Named to Super Lawyers, 2022
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys - Client Satisfaction Award, 2015 - 2019

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Cincinnati Bar Association
  • Warren County Bar
  • Butler County Bar
  • Ohio Bar Association

Past Employment Positions

  • Dearie, Fischer & Dame, Partner, 2014 to 2016
  • Kircher, Arnold & Dame, Partner, 2010 to 2014

Pro Bono Activities

  • Boy Scouts of America - Dan Beard Council, 2018 to Present
  • Springboro Basketball, 2017 to 2020
  • Warren County Abuse and Rape Crisis Shelter-Board Member 2021


  • English