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Mark E. Godbey, Esq

Mark Godbey

Full service firm representing individuals & small businesses in bankruptcy, personal injury, family law, estate planning, & business litigation
Mark Godbey & Associates
(6-10 Attorneys)
www.godbeylaw.com

AREAS OF LAW:
Bankruptcy, Debt and Consumer Law
Business Law and Litigation
Family Law and Divorce
Probate, Estates and Elder Law

LOCATION:
708 Walnut Street Suite 600
Suite 200
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Downtown Cincinnati

YEARS OF PRACTICE:
25 years

PHONE:
(513)241-6650

FAX:
(513)241-6649

Why did you become an attorney?

I find it very satisfying to help people resolve problems they may be facing in their personal lives and business relationships. Making a living at it is icing on the cake, but what I really enjoy most is getting a thank you note from one of my clients when it’s all over.

What experiences (work and personal) help you to be a better attorney?

I believe my accounting degree and the experience of running my own law firm for the past 17 years enhance my ability to represent small business clients. I also feel that growing up in a blue-collar home on the West side of Cincinnati, working with my Dad at a chemical plant, attending college and law school in other parts of the state, having a family of my own, and practicing law for the past 22 years, are all valuable life experiences which help me relate to people from all walks of life.

What made you choose your primary specialty focus of law?

I always knew I had no desire to represent large corporations or insurance companies. I would much rather help the “little guy”. When people are faced with a serious injury from an auto accident, or mountains of debt, or a business dispute with a partner, etc, I would much rather help them get these problems resolved and move onto a new and better chapter in their lives. These areas of law allow me to represent my kind of client.

What makes your law firm unique?

Everyone at our firm works hard every day to provide the best PERSONAL SERVICE to each client. We feel it is not enough to do a good job in the courtroom. We believe each client has the right to get their phone calls returned promptly, to be kept informed about the status of their case, to have legal issues explained to them and to understand exactly what the fees will be. We strive to do this in every case. Each of our six attorneys concentrates his/her practice in one or two areas, while as a firm, we can serve several needs of our clients.

Describe your ideal client.

My ideal client will be receptive to my advice, but not hesitate to ask questions and be just as involved in his/her case as I am. While I trust that my client will consider what I have to say, I want my client to be the one to make decisions about how the case should proceed or be resolved.

Describe your personal interest and hobbies.

I have two teenagers who are very involved in high school activities. The schedules for my wife and I tend to revolve around the children. However, I do manage to find time for softball, golf and a few Reds and Bengals games.

Describe your charitable activities.

Currently, the bulk of my time and treasure are donated to Mt Notre Dame, Moeller and Elder High Schools. In the past, I donated many years to coaching youth baseball, basketball and soccer.

Bankruptcy, Debt and Consumer Law
  • Chapter 13
  • Chapter 7
  • Debt Settlement
  • Foreclosure
  • Garnishments
  • Personal Bankruptcy
Business Law and Litigation
  • Banking and Finance
  • Business Formation and Dissolution
  • Collections
  • Commercial and Contract Law
  • Contract Disputes
  • Franchising
  • Liquor Licenses
  • Nonprofits
  • Ownership Disputes/Fiduciary Relationships
  • Ownership Disputes/Fiduciary Relationships
  • Small Business Taxes
Family Law and Divorce
  • Child Support
  • Divorce
  • Family Mediation
  • Grandparents’ Rights
  • Joint Custody
  • Legal Separation
  • Name changes
  • Paternity
  • Prenuptial/Postnuptial
  • Shared Parenting Plans
  • Spousal Support
Probate, Estates and Elder Law
  • Elder Law
  • Guardianships
  • Healthcare Power of Attorney
  • Joint Survivorship
  • Living Wills
  • Marriage Licenses
  • Medicare
  • Power of Attorney
  • Probate
  • Probate Litigation
  • Trust Disputes
  • Trusts
  • Will Contests
  • Wills
Degree

University of Akron School of Law
Juris Doctor (JD), 1988

Bar Association Membership

Cincinnati Bar Association
Butler County Bar Association
Warren County Bar Association
Dayton Bar Association
Ohio State Bar Association

Accomplishments

I am a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum – an invitation only organization consisting of attorneys who have obtained settlements and verdicts for their clients in excess of one million dollars.

Court Admissions

State of Ohio - 1989

Board/Committee Membership

Ohio Academy for Justice
American Academy for Justice
Southwest Ohio Trial Lawyers Association
Cincinnati Bar Association Bankruptcy Committee
Cincinnati Bar Association Tort & Insurance Law

Continuing Education

All attorneys are required to take at least twelve (12) credit hours per year of continuing legal education. Several of those hours must include education in ethics, professionalism and substance abuse.

Bar Admission Date

1989-05-01

Supreme Court Number

0041214

Licensed In

Ohio (1989), #0041214

Significant Cases

In 22+ years of practice, I have obtained numerous settlements and verdicts for personal injury clients, many for several hundreds of thousands of dollars. I am a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum – an invitation only organization consisting of attorneys who have obtained settlements and verdicts for their clients in excess of one million dollars.

Summary of Firm

Full service firm representing individuals & small businesses in bankruptcy, personal injury, family law, estate planning, & business litigation

Summary of Previous Employment

O'Connor Acciani & Levy;
Law Offices of Arnold Levine

Free Initial Consultation?

Free Initial Consultations

Typical Retainer Fees

No fee for Personal Injury cases unless we recover money for you; Typical retainer fee for Bankruptcy cases is $100

Fixed-Price Services and Fees

Affordable payment terms
We accept all major credit and debit cards

Fees by Hourly Rate

Hourly Rates vary from $175 to $275; No fee for Personal Injury cases unless we recover money for you;

 

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