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 fluent in Russian and is passionate about assisting the Russian Community through various endeavors. After several years living in downtown Columbus, Mr. Petroff and his wife, Natasha, settled in New Albany. 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. He is also a big time Ohio State Buckeyes and Vanderbilt Commodores sports enthusiast and booster.
Admission Dates & Jurisdictions
State of Ohio – 2006
Southern District of Ohio – 2006
Northern District of Ohio – 2007
Vanderbilt University – B.S. – 2003
Double Major – American History / Political Science
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law – J.D. – 2006
Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution
Thompson Hine – 2001 – Litigation Assistant
Northern District of Ohio – Judge Kathleen O’Malley – 2004 – Judicial Extern
Buckley King – 2005 – Summer Associate – Columbus Office
Farlow & Associates – 2006 – Associate Attorney
McNair Petroff, LLC – 2007-2013 – Co-Founder and Managing Partner
Petroff Law Offices, LLC – 2013-Present – Founder, Managing Partner
Honors & Awards
|Award Name||Granting Organization||Date|
|Nation’s Top Attorneys 1%||The National Association of Distinguished Counsel||2015|
|Lead Counsel Rated||Thomson Reuters||2015|
|Top 10 Attorneys Under 40||National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys||2015|
|Top 10 Under 40||American Institute of Family Law Attorneys||2014|
|Excellence in Family Law||US Trade & Commerce Institute||2014|
|Top 10 Attorneys Under 40||National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys||2014|
|Lead Counsel Rated||Thomson Reuters||2013|
|Top 40 Lawyers Under 40||American Society of Legal Advocates||2013|
|Client’s Choice Award||Avvo||2012|
|Moritz Ambassador||The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law||2006|
|Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution||The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law||2006|
|CALI Excellence for the Future Award||Center for Computer Aided Legal Instruction||2006|
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.
In January of 2014, Mr. Petroff was featured in the New Albany News for being named among 2014 Top 40 Lawyers Under 40 by the American Society of Legal Advocates (ASLA). ASLA honors lawyers who exemplify professional accomplishment and demonstrate commitment to the communities in which they live.
In 2013, Petroff Law Offices was ranked 5th in Columbus Business First list of largest law firms by number of employees.
In the Fall of 2010, Mr. Petroff was quoted in Columbus Monthly Magazine in a story regarding the way family pets are reallocated in divorce cases.
In the Spring of 2009, Mr. Petroff published his first version of the Communicator as editor in chief of the publication.
Verdicts & Settlements
Family Law – N/A
Family Law – N/A
In December of 2013, Mr. Petroff was invited as a guest on WTVN AM 610 morning show to speak about how blended families can naviagte the holiday season. Listen to the interview by clicking here.
In April of 2012, Mr. Petroff was invited to speak at the John Mercer Langston Bar Association about the practice of Domestic Relations and Juvenile Law in the hopes of attracting more minority attorneys to the field of Family Law.
In September of 2008, Mr. Petroff was invited to be the Vanderbilt University Alumni Speaker at Upper Arlington High School’s College Fair.
In January of 2008, Mr. Petroff was invited to be the key note speaker at The Ohio State University’s Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity quarterly meeting. Mr. Petroff spoke about the Law School Admissions Process, Law School Curriculum, and an introduction into the field of Family Law.
Please read Mr. Petroff’s feature article published on SmartBusinessBlog about surviving a business partnership split unscathed by clicking here.
Mr. Petroff has been named as a co-editor of the Communicator, the Franklin County Trial Lawyers Association’s (FCTLA) legal periodical for attorneys. The Communicator focuses on timely and practical issues facing the Franklin County trial bar, including tips to improve private practice, interviews with prominent lawyers, and important legal developments throughout the state. In 2008, Mr. Petroff will assume the role as Editor in Chief of the periodical.
Mr. Petroff was excerpted in Stephen B. Goldberg, Frank E. A. Sander, Nancy H. Rogers & Sarah R. Cole, Dispute Resolution: Negotiation, Mediation, and Other Processes [p. 127] (5th ed. 2007).
Mr. Petroff published an article in the Fall, 2007 edition of the Communicator, titled “The Art of ADR in Domestic Relations.