James R. Kirkland

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James R. Kirkland is a pillar of the family law community in the Dayton, Ohio area. He has 50 years of experience as an attorney and his practice consists exclusively of family law. He has handled countless cases over the years, ranging from divorce to child custody to complex property settlements.

His experience and professionalism have made him a valuable resource for both his clients and fellow attorneys throughout Ohio and the country. He has argued before the Ohio Supreme Court on several occasions and was a driving force behind a great deal of current case law. James Kirkland is an ambassador for the profession and advocate for his clients.

James R. Kirkland currently resides in the Dayton, Ohio area with his wife and is actively involved with his children and grandchildren.


  • J.D.

    The Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law

  • B.A.

    Ohio Wesleyan University

Awards & Accolades

  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • Ohio Super Lawyer, 2004-Present
  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Ratedâ„  by Martindale-Hubbell®, A.A. Rating
  • Ohio State Bar Association Board Certified Family Law Specialist

Professional Memberships & Associations

  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Fellow
    • President, 1989-1990
    • Secretary-Treasurer, 1984-1987
  • American Bar Association Family Law Section, Member
    • Marital Property Committee, Chairman, 1984-1985
    • Trial Practice Sub-Committee, Co-Chair, 1989-1992
  • Ohio State Bar Association, 1976-Present
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  • The Law Firm of Kirkland & Sommers, Co., L.P.A.

    10532 Success Lane
    Dayton, OH 45458