Rittgers Rittgers & Nakajima
Rittgers Rittgers & Nakajima


The professional team at Rittgers Rittgers & Nakajima
Juliette Gaffney Dame
  • Domestic Relations 75%
  • Juvenile Law 25%


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 courtroom and children, especially, as far away from the contentious process. Juliette tries to 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 and collaborative law and has a strong history of successfully complex end of marriage separation cases.

Juliette is an active member of the Cincinnati Collaborative Group which works together with financial and mental health professionals through a team-based approach to end the parties’ marriage based on goals and interests rather than through litigation.

Away from her practice, Juliette enjoys photograph and running and watching her kids in whatever sports they have taken up, camera in hand.


  • 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

Bar Admission

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

Honors And Awards

  • Named to Super Lawyers, 2022,2023,2024
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys - Client Satisfaction Award, 2015 - 2019

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Boy Scouts of America - Dan Beard Council, 2018 to Present
  • Springboro Basketball, 2017 to 2020
  • Warren County Safe On Main (Formerly The Abuse and Rape Crisis Shelter) 2021


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

Professional Associations

  • Ohio Bar Association
  • Butler County Bar Association
  • Warren County Bar Association
  • Cincinnati Academy of Collaborative Professions

Past Positions

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


  • English