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Hannah L. Botkin-Doty

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Hannah was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. She first felt called to pursue the practice of law as a teenager after her Parents spent years of time and many thousands of dollars to divorce after over twenty years of marriage. The difficult experience inspired her to want to become a resource for other families struggling to navigate the complicated realities of the legal system in Ohio.


At seventeen, Hannah joined the United States’ ARMY Reserve Officer Training Corps to serve her country and have the opportunity to attend Capital University. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in 2006, and double majored in both Sociology and Criminology, and minored in Military Science.


Hannah went on to attend Capital University Law School and while taking classes, she signed up for the Adoption Legal Clinic, Foster Youth Legal Clinic, Veteran’s Wills Clinic and Family Advocacy Legal Clinic and spent more than 200 pro bono hours honing her craft working directly with clients in preparation for her future legal career.


She received her Juris Doctorate degree in 2013, with concentrations in Child and Family Law, and Alternative Dispute Resolution. Later that same year she took and passed the Ohio State Bar Exam and was issued her license to practice law by the Supreme Court of the State of Ohio.


In recent years, Hannah has been recognized for her hard work and dedication to the practice of law receiving Capital University Law School’s “Graduate of the Last Decade Award”, Capital University’s “Distinguished Young Alumnus Award”, and the Legal Aid Society of Columbus’ “Expanding Our Impact Pro Bono Award”. 


Today, Hannah owns and operates Hannah’s Legal Help and provides personal and affordable “Legal Help with Heart”. Hannah focuses her practice on helping clients with uncontested legal matters and offers free consultations and flat fees with payment plans for those in need.


  • Capital University Law School, Columbus, Ohio
    • Juris Doctor - 2013
    • Major: Child and Family Law
    • Major: Dispute Resolution
  • Capital University, Columbus, Ohio
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts - 2010
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Major: Criminology
    • Major: Sociology
    • Minor: Military Science

Published Works

  • First Comes Marriage, Then Comes A Whole Lot of Legal Questions, Outlook Magazine, August, 2015

Professional Associations

  • Ohio Bar Association, Member, 2013 to Present
  • Columbus Bar Association, Member and Committee Chair, 2013 to Present
  • American Association for Justice, Member, 11/2013 to 08/2015
  • Women Lawyers of Franklin County, Diversity Chair and Board Member, 2015 to Present
  • Ohio State Bar Foundation, Fellow, 2018 to Present

Practice Areas

  • Adoption
  • Surrogacy/Gestational Carrier Agreements
  • Egg/Sperm Donor Agreements
  • Estate Planning
  • Trusts
  • Advance Directives
  • Powers of Attorney for Health Care and Finances
  • Name Changes
  • Gender Marker Corrections
  • Dissolution
  • Uncontested Divorces
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Partnership Agreements
  • Shared Custody Agreements
  • Second Parent Determination


  • Graduate of the Last Decade
  • Super Lawyer's Rising Star

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, 2013

Classes & Seminars

  • Same Sex Marriage and Child Support, Franklin County Child Support Enforcement Agency, December 2014
  • LGBT Family Law Practice, Columbus Bar Association LGBT Committee, November 2014
  • Civil Rights Policy Matters Panel, Franklin County Young Democrats, the Stonewall Democrats Of Central Ohio and the Young Black Democrats of Central Ohio, June 2015

Pro-Bono Activities

  • The Justice League of Ohio, 08/2014 to 06/2015
  • The Family Pride Network, 06/2015 to Present
  • Ohio Domestic Violence Network Attorney, 2013 to Present
  • Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence Attorney, 2015 to Present

Past Positions

  • ARMY Reserve Officer Training Corps
  • The Law Firm of Doty and Obenour LLC, Founding Partner, 2013 to 2018


  • English
  • Spanish

Ancillary Businesses

  • Adjunct Professor at Capital University Law School

Current Employment Position

  • Attorney