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Richard Joseph Stahl III

also known as Rick Stahl

About Me

Rick is an attorney in Middleburg Heights, Ohio who works mainly in Family Law (Divorce, Support, Custody, etc.).   In additional to representing litigants in divorce, custody, and support matters, he also acts as a Guardian ad Litem and represents the rights of children.  His practice also includes work in Probate (Wills, Trusts, Estates, etc.), Criminal, and Appellate Advocacy, and provides services throughout Cuyahoga, Lorain, and Medina counties.  He graduated from Ohio Northern University with his Bachelors of Science Degree in 2003 and went on to receive his law degree from Ohio Northern University in 2006.  During this time he was named Chief Justice of the Moot Court Program and inducted into the Order of the Barristers.  Mr. Stahl began his career representing the Cuyahoga County Child Support Enforcement Agency for the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office before opening his own practice in 2008. In his spare time, he is also the Vice-President of the Ohio Northern University Alumni Club, Cleveland Chapter, and an At-Large Member of the Woodside Crossing Board of Directors.  He has also recently had his office Green Certified by the Cleveland Metro Bar Association.


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Practice Areas


  1. Family: 35%
  2. Divorce & Separation: 35%
  3. Criminal Defense: 15%
  4. Probate: 10%



Fixed (Sometimes), Retainer (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

15 total 

  • Ryan T. Smith

    Mr. Stahl is a born leader and has an excellent reputation around the legal community. I highly endorse Mr. Stahl.


    Ryan Smith DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Joseph Carmen Patituce

    I have known Attorney Stahl for a number of years. I worked with him following law school at two different places; including the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office. He has an incredible work ethic that I think his clients value. He is certainly someone you can trust.


    Joseph Patituce DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Law Office of Richard J. Stahl III

18051 Jefferson Park Road
Suite 102
Middleburg Heights, OH, 44130

Law Office of Richard J. Stahl III

P.O. Box 91041
2201 Broadway Avenue
Cleveland, OH, 44101-3041




Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top 100 LawyersThe National Advocates2015
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2015
10 Best (Ohio)American Institute of Family Law Attorneys2015
Nation's Top One PercentNational Association of Distinguished Counsel2015
Top 10 Attorneys Under 40National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys2015
Top 40 Lawyers Under 40American Society of Legal Advocates2015
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Top LawyerGlobal Directory of Who's Who2015
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Top 40 Under 40National Trial Lawyers2014
10 Best (Ohio)American Institute of Family Law Attorneys2014
Top 10 Attorneys Under 40National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2014
Top 40 Lawyers Under 40American Society of Legal Advocates2014
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2014
Client's Choice AwardAvvo2013
Rising StarOhio Super Lawyers2013
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2013
Client's Choice AwardAvvo2012
Green CertifiedCleveland Metropolitan Bar Association2012
Induction into the William Howard Taft ChapterAmerican Inns of Court2006
Order of the BarristersUniversity of Texas (Austin) School of Law2006
Selection to 24th Ed.Who's Who: American Law Students2005
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Juvnile Diversion MagistrateCity of Strongsville2012 - Present
N/ALaw Office of Richard J. Stahl III2008 - Present
Admitted to Practicethe US District Court, Northern District of Ohio2007 - Present
Jacksonville Jaguars Scout (Extra)Draft Day (Movie)2014 - 2014
Assistant Prosecuting AttorneyCuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office2007 - 2008
Coach, Mock TrialCase Western Reserve University2006 - 2012
Health Information CoordinatorLitigation Management, Inc.2006 - 2007
Judicial Law ClerkAllen County Court of Common Pleas2005 - 2006
AssociateLexis-Nexis2004 - 2006
Coach, Mock TrialOhio Northern University2003 - 2005
Association NamePosition NameDuration
National Academy of Family Law AttorneysAdvisory Board2015 - Present
National Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2014 - Present
Woodside Crossing Board of DirectorsMember at Large2012 - Present
Strongsville Juvenile Diversion ProgramVolunteer Magistrate2012 - Present
Center for Principled Family AdvocacyMember2012 - 2013
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Family Law SectionMember2011 - Present
Lorain County Bar AssocationMember2010 - Present
Serbian Bar Association of AmericaMember2010 - Present
American Mock Trial AssociationCandidate Member, Board of Directors2010 - 2012
Ohio Northern University Cleveland Alumni ClubVice President2010 - Present
Medina Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
Parma Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2003 - Present
Ohio Bar AssociationMember2003 - Present
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Brokaw v. Brokaw, 2010-Ohio-1053Affirmed in part.
Carpenter v. Carpenter, 2011-Ohio-2321Affirmed.
In re: Guardianship of Poulos, 2011-Ohio-6472Affirmed
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Publication NameTitleDate
2011-12 American Mock Trial Assoc. Case ProblemState v. Dawson (co-author as member of AMTA Criminal Case Committee)2011
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Center for Principled Family AdvocacyBasic Collaborative Divorce TrainingN/A2013
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar AssociationGuardian ad Litem CertificationN/A2008
Ohio Northern University - Claude W. Pettit College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2006
Ohio Northern UniversityBusiness ManagementBSBA2003
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
CWRU Mock TrialEvidentiary Rules2010
CWRU Mock TrialTrial Preparation2009