“My secret to success is conscientious, responsible hard work for my clients.” – Dennis J. Ibold
Ibold & O’Brien is one of the largest law firms in Geauga County. With offices in Chardon and Orwell, the firm provides outstanding counsel to individuals, businesses and government organizations across Ohio.
The firm practice areas include personal injury, real estate, bankruptcy, family law, Social Security, estate planning and other legal concerns. Ibold & O’Brien was founded in 1980 by Dennis J. Ibold and Jerry Petersen.
They began with a mission: with the principles of providing honest, innovative and high-quality counsel for every client. The attorneys understand that life can be complicated and legal issues can be overwhelming to face. That’s why they are passionate about helping their clients with every aspect of their case from day one until their case is closed. At Ibold & O’Brien, they take pride in being a firm recognized for their success and client-oriented service.
Dennis J. Ibold, founding member at Ibold & O’Brien has been practicing law for 49 years. He is admitted to the Ohio Bar, 1973 and the U.S. Federal Court, 1975. He practices in the areas of family law, personal injury, real estate, business law and litigation. In any type of situation, Mr. Ibold is ready to be an advocate for you. Treating you with respect and compassion. He will work hard to give you the best results.
Mr. Ibold received his B.A. Degree from Marquette University in 1970 and received his J.D. Degree from Cleveland State University College of Law in 1973. Mr. Ibold is a member of the Geauga County and Ohio State Bar and The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers is an organization of the nation’s top matrimonial attorneys who specialize in all issues related to marriage, divorce, annulment, custody, child visitation, property valuation, property distribution, alimony and child support.
Membership to the Academy requires nomination by a member; that a substantial portion of the member’s practice be in the area of family law; competency checks with Domestic Relations Judges, Magistrates and opposing counsel; that the member successfully pass two written examinations and personal interviews by an Academy screening committee. The Academy accepts only the very best matrimonial lawyers.
Dennis J. Ibold is the only family law lawyer with an office in Geauga County to have been designated as a “Super Lawyer” in each of the last 18 years, from 2006-2023. He was also selected as the top 100 family law attorneys in Ohio in 2013 – 2019.
Law & Politics and the publishers of Northern Ohio Live recognized Mr. Ibold every year, 2006-2023, as an “Ohio Super Lawyer.” “Super Lawyers” are selected from the top 5% of Ohio attorneys. The selection process includes a state wide survey of lawyers; independent research to identify outstanding lawyers; evaluation based on twelve indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement; a blue ribbon panel and a discipline check. The list of “Ohio Super Lawyers” is published annually in Cleveland Magazine, Cincinnati Magazine and Columbus Monthly.
The American Society Of Legal Advocates selected Dennis J. Ibold as one of the Top 100 Family Law Lawyers in the State of Ohio in 2018.
No more than 2% of lawyers are selected by the American Society of Legal Advocates as a Top 100 Family Law Lawyer. The purpose of the Society is to identify and promote only the most outstanding legal talent who combine stellar legal credentials with proven ability.
Strathmore’s Who’s Who selected Dennis J. Ibold as a lifetime member based upon leadership, achievement and dedication.
The Martindale Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Attorneys awarded Mr. Ibold a “BV Distinguished Rating”. The very high peer review rating recognizes Mr. Ibold’s excellence in both legal ability and ethical practice. The rating was awarded based upon confidential peer evaluations. Mr. Ibold was also selected professional of the year in matrimonial law, 2013.
Top Attorneys of North America, a New York based publication, distinguishes and profiles leading attorneys who have reached a recognizable degree of success and leadership in their field. The directory is valued for promoting awareness of the accomplishments within the North American legal community.