Brian A. Sommers

 “I attack ideas.  I don’t attack people.  Some very good people have some very bad ideas.” – Antonin Scalia

Brian Sommers is one of the top family law attorneys in the Greater Dayton, Ohio area and a founding partner at Kirkland & Sommers. Brian practices exclusively in the area of Family Law and handles a wide range of cases ranging from high-conflict custody matters to negotiated dissolutions. Specific issues he has dealt with throughout his career are: divorce; dissolutions; child custody; spousal support; child support; juvenile custody; Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDROs); post-decree modifications; domestic violence/Civil Protect Orders; and military divorce.

Brian practices regularly in Montgomery, Greene, Preble, Clark, Miami, Darke, Warren, and Clinton counties.

Brian has represented many successful individuals and their spouses and understands that preserving their assets and maintaining their standard or living is of paramount importance. A testament to his experience and dedication, Brian has also represented several fellow attorneys in the area with their own family law issues. His clients range from stay-at-home parents to nurses to teachers to CEOs and he understands how great an impact their case can have on the rest of their lives.

Education is one of the biggest pieces of Brian’s practice. He meets with each client and discusses the details of their case and learns what his client’s goals and fears are. From here, he tailors his approach to each case to focus on each goal and ease any fears through understanding and education. Brian will tell you that the most common fear and the cause of most of the stress is the unknown associated with family law. By familiarizing each client with the process and their options, he helps his clients to move toward a solution that works for them and their family. Because this is the only area of law in which he practices, Brian’s familiarity with the various courts in which he practices is an invaluable resource and a significant advantage when trying a case.

Brian’s dedication to family law is evidenced by his Family Law Specialist Certification by the Ohio State Bar Association, one of approximately 125 such attorneys listed as a OSBA Certified Specialist in Family Relations Law. In addition, he is a member of the Dayton Bar Association and Ohio State Bar Association Family Law committees. He speaks frequently on family law topics at various organizations throughout the Miami Valley and has presented at multiple continuing education events for other attorneys. He has successfully appealed family law cases involving several different issues over the years.

Brian currently resides in the Springboro, Ohio area with his family where he is actively involved in the community.

Bar Admission:
Ohio, 2000

University of Dayton School of Law, 2000
Indiana State University, 1989

Memberships and Awards


Dayton Bar Association

OSBA Certified Specialist in Family Relations Law

Ohio State Bar Association Family Law Committee

Ohio Bar Admission;  Ohio, 2000

Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2018 – Present


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Divorce and Family Law can be confusing and complex without the right attorney.  All of us at Kirkland & Sommers understand that and we have built our practice on the founding principal that we will make sure that  you understand every step we take to deliver you to a just result.