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Michael Illner has long been an advocate for children. Beginning his career first as a public school teacher, Mike connected with children on the most basic level encouraging their academic growth. Mike also served as president of a teacher's union, learning valuable communication skills while serving as chief negotiator during labor negotiations. With a desire to support and protect the welfare of children, he earned his Juris Doctor Degree and worked for several years in the Lorain County Prosecutor's Office on juvenile delinquency, adult felony and children’s services cases. After twelve years serving the public, Mike moved to a private law practice in 1997 handling all types of family law cases.


In 2006, he says he partnered with Mr. Timothy Smith because of his “uncanny ability to empathize with his clients and the level of trust that forms through that empathy.” From this partnership Smith & Illner was born.




Mike enjoys his job and finds both professional and moral fulfillment in protecting children. He lives with his family in Westlake, is involved with his church and enjoys international travel.


Practice areas


  1. Child Custody: 40%
  2. Divorce & Separation: 40%
  3. Family: 20%


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Sam R. Bradley

    I endorse this lawyer's work. He is a strong advocate for his clients yet willing to resolve his cases so that the parties to a divorce case are able to continue to be civil with one another after the case is concluded.


    Sam Bradley Family Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact info

Smith, Illner & Gemelas, L.L.C.

424 Middle Ave.
Elyria, OH, 44035


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AssociateSpike & Meckler Law Firm1997 - 2006
Assistant County ProsecutorLorain County Prosecutor's Office1985 - 1997
Association namePosition nameDuration
Ohio State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Lorain County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Akron, C. Blake McDowell Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor1985
Baldwin-Wallace CollegeEducational AdministrationMA - Masters1977
Bowling Green State UniversityEducationBS - Bachelor of Science1972