Goldberg Evans are two experienced family law attorneys committed to bringing compassion back to the practice of family law. Trista Goldberg and Shawn Evans both left larger law firms to start a smaller practice dedicated to putting clients first.
Trista P. Goldberg
Attorney at Law
I am a natural problem solver and people person. Family law was the perfect fit for me and have I developed a practice over the past 10 years exclusively helping families in transition. I truly enjoy working closely with my clients as they navigate the often turbulent experience of family conflict.
Opening my own office gave me the freedom to assist clients in processes that preserve resources and minimize the emotional cost of divorce. I’ve spent countless hours in the courtroom, arguing cases to Judges and Magistrates that are tasked to make decisions for your family. I am acutely aware of the risks associated with contested trials. There is no sure thing in litigation…rather it is a gamble most of the time.
I am trained Collaborative Law Attorney and Mediator. I utilize these skills to assist clients develop creative and one of kind resolutions to their cases. My preference is help clients stay out of court because they lose control of the outcome. Family law matters go to the core of who we are as individuals and the outcomes impact the most important aspects of our lives. These decisions should not be left to individuals that know very little about your family.
I approach my work with compassion, strength, and integrity during one of the most difficult times in my clients’ lives. It is crucial that we develop a trusting professional relationship as I will provide you objective advice about your options. You can count on me to be responsive to your needs and work strenuously to pursue your goals.
My practice includes Domestic Relations and Juvenile Court cases involving the division of assets and debts, including complex financial tracing and business valuations, the payment of spousal support and child support, child custody and paternity issues. I am licensed to practice law in the State of Ohio and the Commonwealth of Kentucky and frequently appear in Ohio counties of Hamilton, Warren, Clermont, Butler and Kenton, Campbell and Boone counties in Kentucky.
When not working for my clients, I enjoy spending time with my husband and young daughter, exploring our city, wineries, new eateries, and the newest adventures we can find.
“The negotiation and resolution of family law issues is delicate and complex. I provide professional legal advice while maintaining a compassionate view of the highly emotional aspects of terminating a marriage and providing for the care and support of children.”
RECOGNITION & PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
- Selected as a “Rising Star” in Family Law in the Ohio Super Lawyers publication in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019.
- Named as a “Leading Lawyer” in Cincy Magazine in 2014, 2017, 2018 and 2019.
- Chair of the Domestic Relations Committee, Cincinnati Bar Association, 2016-2018.
- Member of the 2015 class of the Cincinnati Academy of Leadership for Lawyers (C.A.L.L.), Cincinnati Bar Association.
- Past Secretary of the Domestic Relations Committee, Cincinnati Bar Association.
- Past Chair of Training/CLE Committee, Cincinnati Academy of Collaborative Professionals.
- Past Secretary, Cincinnati Academy of Collaborative Professionals.
- Past Legal Advisor, Sycamore High School Mock Trial Team.
- Family Law Committee, Ohio State Bar Association.
- The Academy of Northern Kentucky Collaborative Professionals.
- Kentucky Bar Association.
- International Academy of Collaborative Professionals.
- 2008, Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Juris Doctor, magna cum laude
- 2004, Miami University of Ohio, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, cum laude
- Ohio, 2008
- Kentucky, 2009
Attorney at Law
I went to law school hoping to become a family lawyer and have exclusively practiced in family law since 2009. I want to help people through the most difficult times. I believe it is important to get through this process and transition with dignity and respect.
I practice in all areas of domestic relations, including divorce, dissolution, prenuptial agreements, property settlements, spousal support, and parenting matters including child custody, parenting time, child support and grandparents’ rights. I regularly appear in Hamilton, Warren, and Clermont Counties’ Domestic Relations and Juvenile Courts.
I have extensive trial experience, but I truly believe the best way to approach terminating a marriage is through the collaborative process. I think it is important as an attorney to see things from my clients’ perspectives. If I were going through the process, I would want to choose the collaborative model because we can create some of the most creative options that truly suit the needs of a particular family.
I want to develop a personal connection with each of my clients, because I truly care about them. Knowing a client’s unique needs helps me better negotiate on his or her behalf or advocate for his or her positions. I will always be straightforward about a process and what my clients may expect.
On a personal level, I am a lifelong Cincinnatian, having attended Indian Hill High School, where I have served as a legal advisor to the Indian Hill Mock Trial team for the past decade. My talented team has provided me the opportunity to travel to the National High School Mock Trial Tournament in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Indianapolis, Indiana. I currently reside in Anderson Township with my husband Jay, son Brody, and beloved Corgi Louie.
Michael J. Caligaris
Attorney at Law
Michael is an Associate Attorney at our firm. As a Cincinnati native, he has always dreamed of bettering his hometown community. For this reason, he decided Family Law was the area of practice where he could make the most difference by assisting families during their most difficult times. Michael is a big believer in establishing genuine relationships with his clients in order to create the trust required to navigate the best pathway to long-lasting results. More than anything, he holds firm in the belief that the best interest of children should always be at the forefront of any family decision.
Michael attended Northern Kentucky University’s Salmon P. Chase School of Law where he graduated with magna cum laude honors. While in law school, he gained great experience having interned for a Campbell County Circuit Court Judge as well as clerked for an insurance defense firm. He was a member of Chase’s National Mock Trial Team, a W. Bruce Lunsford Academy Honor Student, and was awarded membership in The Order of Barristers, a national honor society for practicing lawyers who demonstrate exceptional skill in trial advocacy, oral advocacy, and brief writing.
He is licensed to practice law in the State of Ohio and appears in Ohio counties of Hamilton, Warren, Clermont, and Butler.
In his spare time, Michael enjoys coaching lacrosse at Sycamore High School and spending time with his partner, Samantha, and their two unruly dogs.