Mitchell A. Charney

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Family Law Mediation

Goldberg Simpson continues its popular Q&A Video Series with long-time Family Law attorney Mitchell A. Charney. In this installment, Charney tackles the difficult discussion of family mediation. A family law attorney with Goldberg Simpson since 1981, watch as Charney details what issues should be resolved first in family mediation, how to keep the child’s best interests at hand and what advice he has for people going through divorce.


Mitchell A. Charney is a member with the Louisville law firm of Goldberg Simpson. His practice primarily includes litigation and mediation with emphasis in the areas of adoption and family law.

Prior to joining Goldberg Simpson in 1981, he was a partner with the Louisville law firm of Gittleman, Charney and Barber.

A graduate of the University of Louisville, Mr. Charney received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science in 1966, his law degree in 1969, and an M.S.S.W degree in 1978. He is a member of the Louisville Bar, Kentucky Bar and American Bar, and was admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1987. Mr. Charney is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys. He served as a Juvenile Advocate in Jefferson County Count (1971-1984) and is a certified mediator and arbitrator.

Mr. Charney is a past president of the Louisville Jewish Family & Vocational Services and the Louisville Ronald McDonald House. He is a former member of the board of the National Association of Jewish Family and Children's Agencies, (now known as Jewish Family and Career Services), and a charter member and former vice-president of Kentucky Youth Advocates. He served on the board of Jewish Hospital Louisville and Jewish Hospital Shelbyville from 1985-2006.

Mr. Charney has also served as a member of the Metro United Way Allocations Committee, and the Jewish Community Federation of Louisville, where he received the Lewis Cole Young Leadership Award in 1982.

In 1992, as a result of his work in the Louisville Ronald McDonald House, Mr. Charney was nominated for and was a recipient of the WLKY Spirit of Louisville Foundation Bell Award.


University of Louisville, B.A. (1966)
University of Louisville, Master of Science in Social Work (1978)
University of Louisville School of Law, J.D. (1969)


Kentucky (1969)
U.S. Supreme Court (1987)


The Family Law group provides a full range of services including dissolution of marriage, child custody, post-dissolution matters, prenuptial agreements, private adoptions, estate planning in divorce, child responsibility prior to marriage, and business planning in connection to family issues. These services are available in Anderson, Boone, Campbell, Fayette, Franklin, Gallatin, Hardin, Henry, Jefferson, Kenton, Laurel, Owen, Scott, Spencer, Trimble, Warren and many other counties in Kentucky. Learn more


  • Lewis Cole Young Leadership Award
  • Super Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America for past 15 years
  • WLKY Spirit of Louisville Foundation Bell Award


  • McGinnis v. McGinnis, 920 S.W.2d 68 (Ky. App., 1995)
  • S.J.L.S. v. T.L.S., 265 S.W.3d 804 (Ky. App., 2008)
  • Whittington v. Cunnagin on Behalf of Englert, 925 S.W.2d 455 (Ky., 1996)
  • Thomas v. Cabinet for Families & Children, 57 S.W.3d 262 (Ky., 2001)
  • Mustaine v. Kennedy, 971 S.W.2d 830 (Ky.App., 1998)
  • Unknown Person on Behalf of Englert v. Whittington, 737 S.W.2d 676 (Ky., 1987)
  • Lynch v. Lynch, 737 S.W.2d 184 (Ky.App., 1987)
  • Mauldin v. Bearden, 293 S.W.3d 392 (Ky., 2009)
  • Moore v. Asente, 110 S.W.3d 336 (Ky., 2003)


  • Jewish Hospital (1985 – Present)
  • Kentuckiana Children’s House (Ronald McDonald House) (1988 – Present)