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Practice areas:

Divorce & Separation, Child Custody, Employee Benefits

About Me

When you trust a lawyer to represent your most important life interests, it's  good to know what he or  she  believes about practicing family law. This is what I believe:


 


1. Clients should be able to participate in the resolution of their own issues, in


    all meetings and conferences, to the extent that the law, the court, and ethical


    practice permit. That is how you truly get your day in court.


 


2. Every client deserves a strong advocate for his or her reasonable interests and


    a good advisor to understand what those interests are in the framework of the


    law. That is why you hire a lawyer.


 


3. Every client deserves a lawyer dedicated to resolving issues without resorting


    to drawn-out and expensive legal proceedings. The goal is to solve problems


    and help you get to your future, not promote issues that keep conflicts alive.


 


My practice is entirely dedicated to family law: prenuptial agreements, dissolution, divorce, separation agreements, child custody, child support, spousal support and property division and pension division in divorce. My particular interest is helping people who are concerned about children and divorce, especially special needs children. And I bring to clients who need it many years' experience in pension law, including pension valuation and pension benefits division in divorce and qualified domestic relations orders (QDROs).  


 


It's also good to know that a lawyer will go far to represent you. My practice is based in Cuyahoga County but I represent clients in surrounding counties, especially in communities to the east such as Warren and Ashtabula.


 


 

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1979

  1. Divorce & Separation: 55%
    36 years
  2. Child Custody: 35%
    36 years
  3. Employee Benefits: 10%
    34 years

Payment

Fees:

Retainer (Always)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

2 total

  • Andrew Michael Korduba

    I endorse this lawyer's work. He is professional, aggressive and understanding. You cannot go wrong hiring this guy. A real common-sense approach to solving high-conflict family law problems. He will fight for you, no question about it.

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    Andrew Korduba Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Justin Jay Watling

    I endorse this lawyer's work. Thomas is extremely competent; has substantial experience in his areas of practice; is caring and compassionate; is very attentive to his client's needs and goals. His experience as a Magistrate is an invaluable asset in support of his ability to effectively represent his clients.

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    Justin Watling Trusts Attorney
    Relationship: Family member

Contact Info

The Superior Bldg, Suite 1915
815 Superior Ave
Cleveland, OH, 44114

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
OHActive197907/18/2015

Professional Misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Placed On Probation
    issued in OH, 2012

    updated

    Probation means an attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. The State monitors the lawyer's activities for a period of time in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior.

Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Trial MagistrateMedina County Domestic Relations Court2001 - 2009
Founding partnerMcCormack & Wolgamuth1986 - 2001
Associate, partnerChattman, Garfield, Friendlander & Paul1979 - 1986

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Family Law SectionN/AN/A
Ohio State Bar AssociationN/AN/A

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Case Western Reserve University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1979
Cleveland State UniversityPhilosophyBA - Bachelor of ArtsN/A

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Ohio Supreme Court Judicial CollegeRight the First Time: Writing pensions benefits into domestic relations decisions2008
Certificate Seminar on Labor RelationsDiscrimination and Employee Benefits2001