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James Vincent Barilla

Family Attorney at Avon Lake, OH

3.9   11 reviews
  • Licensed for 31 years
    State OH
    Acquired 1992
    Active No misconduct found

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About James

Learn James’s areas of practice.

Lorain County Attorney James V. Barilla has dedicated his life to the practice of law. For over two decades, he has built up relationships with his many clients while helping them in many areas of their lives. He cares about his clients, and maintains relationships with them after their cases so they can call on him again later.

Because of his focus and commitment, he can offer a level of experience that many others cannot. He has assisted clients with their cases for 25 years, even serving as a magistrate for 9 years. Because he has spent his time working within certain areas of the law, he has had the opportunity to learn those areas really well.

Because of his skills and knowledge, Attorney James W. Barilla was chosen to be a Magistrate for the Lorain County Domestic Relations Court in 1997. The Magistrates hear a wide variety of cases, including divorce, civil protective orders, some juvenile hearings, and many other kinds of domestic relations motions.

Lorain Family Law Attorney James V. Barilla served for the Domestic Relations Court until 2006. Because of this experience, he is well versed in not just legal issues but court procedures.

Attorney James V. Barilla offers many qualities, including dedication, experience and skill. He has spent his life focusing on heling others, while honing his own skills. If you want the help of an experienced attorney, call the Law Office of James V. Barilla for a free consultation today.


Law Office of James V. Barilla
32366 Birchwood
Avon Lake, OH, 44012

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3.9 / 5.0
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Posted by Megan | March 18, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
He is the absolute best. Such a hard-working, 'take no crap' lawyer! He won my case and I could not have been happier!
Posted by Jessica | February 21, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Best Attorney Ever!
I don't know where to begin! James is by far, hands down the best attorney around. He is quick, reasonably priced and gets the job done fast! He listens and works hard for you. I had a complicated case on top of a divorce and he made it a breeze. Within a day of reaching out to him, we had an emergency hearing and judgement a week later. He has continued to follow up with me to check on me. I mean, he's obviously very busy, but still makes you feel priority and cares. He is personable with a great personality. I honestly can't say enough good things about him. If there's a bad review on here I can promise it's not a client of his, rather a bitter person who is mad they had to go up against him! No one ever wants to be in a position to have to retain counsel, but in the case you do, I can personally vouch for James. You will not be disappointed!!! Thank you James for all your hard work!!!!
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Posted by anonymous | January 17, 2019
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| Consulted Attorney
An honest Attorney. Compassionate, kind and very well spoken.
He helped me in more ways than I can list. Mr. Barilla explained all of the facts in a manner which I could understand. I have chronic/progressive MS. Also had a massive stroke in 2012. In 2017 I suffered two back to back heart attacks which were misdiagnose. By the time the medical staff was able to get a response from my heart through electronic external pacers, I needed to be placed on full life support for several weeks. To the medical staff's shock. did survive. It was called a medical miracle.
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Posted by anonymous | July 24, 2018
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So far, so good.
Today, I went to court & had a mishap, they lost paperwork for court appointed attorney. However, God Bless, Mr. Barilla. He welcomed the chance to come on my team and defend me against all odds. The Stack was definitely not in my favour, because my EX is a Con Artist and very manipulative. Getting many on his team, as they don't see thur his smoke and mirrors. Yet, with all that, and Zero prep time, My Attorney Barilla WON hands down. And it was Sweet Justice, because my EX attorney MADE Partner in His Firm, by Winning on my husband ABUSE of me. That OTHER Lawyer, pleaded before a Jury, His Client my EX, DID the Crime, but wrong charge, and so he made firm & forever helps my Ex. And my Ex, forever Twists the truth, saying he was found Not Guilty. Boils down to, I am so grateful.... To My New Attorney, he was Court Appointed & HELPED me more than many in the past, in just a few minutes, he went from zero, to HERO ! Sincerely thanks, on behalf of me, my rights & more Importantly my child, who needs his mom!! And Mr. Barilla, made it clear out the gate, he is a fight for truth!!! & Real Justice is on my Horizons, after Years of Dragged thru the mud & gunk, by my Ex. May Lord bless, Mr. Barilla & give him wisdom & passion to continue on behalf of myself & my child, and demolish the Lies & drama forever! I believe life is finally going to improve, with help of this man!
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Posted by anonymous | March 6, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
The BEST!! AWESOME!! You will NOT be dissapointed.
I’m not one to normally post reviews. However, after reading the recent review for James I felt it important to post my dealings with James for the better part of the past 9+ years. There has NEVER been a time I didn’t trust James or felt he was taking advantage of the situation. James had the patience of a saint as he watched my ex-wife hire and fire over 9 attorneys. Unfortunately there are numerous attorneys who will thrive on your personal “misfortunes”. With James, he doesn’t look at dollar signs rather solutions to difficult situations that may arise throughout a divorce. He will protect you, provide you honest feedback, though it may not be what you want to hear, and most importantly not spend your money needlessly. What’s unique with James is the ability to pull the “emotion” out of the situation and provide honest legal guidance relative to any particular situation he’s given. Should you be seeking an attorney please do yourself a favor and contact James. Ask him for my name and number and I’ll be glad to go in greater detail. Just mention I need to speak with your client that had an “x” who hired and fired 9+ attorneys and dismissed the divorce the day before trial to only file again the following day. He’ll know.
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Posted by Kristie | June 20, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Finally a lawyer that understood what was needed and took care of it. Wouldn't use anyone else!!!!
Posted by anonymous | June 24, 2015
Highly Recommended
I sought legal advice from two attorneys prior to meeting with Mr. Barilla. I wasn't happy with either of the first two because I didn't feel like they listened, believed me, or would fight as hard as I knew they would need to. Mr. Barilla met me at my convenience and it was after normal business hours (which was extremely helpful because I work during the day). I told him what I wanted and what I was willing to settle for, and he was honest with me when he believed I was being realistic or unrealistic. He charged me a reasonable price, answered his phone on the weekends, and got me exactly what I wanted! Mr. Barilla comes highly recommended!
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Posted by Meredith | March 30, 2015
The only attorney I go to.
I have nothing bad to possibly say about James Barilla. For over 6 years I have turned to James for legal advice and guidance. He handled my divorce, my custody battle and even a speeding ticket. He handled my new husband's divorce as well. Knowledable, understanding and caring are only a few traits James treated us with. I wouldn't recommend anyone else. Meredith Sealy
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Posted by anonymous | June 11, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
a third rate lawyer
deceitful, ask why he was fired as a Magistrate , also found out he ran for Judgeship and only received 731 votes all this I found out after I hire him his web page is full of untruths , fired him so fast the ink on the check did not have time to dry
Posted by anonymous | February 8, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Will never use again
I feel insulted by James and his very arrogant demeanor. He thinks he is always right and will win any case. I tried my best to work with him on a divorce case. He never returned phone calls or text messages. I do not recommend. Unless you want your case to proceed while being ignorant of the process or important details my opinion is hire him. If you want an attorney who is there for you at every moment. There's tons out there. There are lawyers I've had who went above the standard and attoeneynswered my calls at 3am if I needed them.
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Posted by anonymous | January 10, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Avoid at all costs
I hired James for a divorce case. He made sure to play dirty. I wanted everything done simply. Instead he made it a point to play both sides and continue to drag the case on by manufacturing stories and conditions which for both sides to want to buttheads. Very sly for someone to do. Divorce is painful enough and short term money goals mean more to him than being ethical.
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Response from James Barilla January 10, 2018
I am disappointed that someone would stoop so low as to pretend to be a current client concerned about me playing “dirty” for some financial benefit. First, in 25 years of practice I have never “played dirty” but when opposing litigants violate court orders, I zealously advocate for my client’s rights. Secondly, in the vast majority of the cases I have pending or recently concluded, most are amicable divorces in which there are not “dirty tricks” taking place on either side. In the handful of cases in which the divorce is contentious or dragging on, each client is well aware that it is the opposition that is the party delaying the case and/or no additional fees have been requested or paid. The alleged client who authored this review claims to be a current client. If that is true, why have you not terminated my services? Why have you not reached out to discuss the matter with me? I would be happy to discuss any concerns the author has, and to clear up any misunderstandings. All of my real clients have my cell phone.
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AVVO RATING 7.0 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Former Magistrate
  • 1997 - 2006


  • Case Western Reserve University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1992
  • Univeristy of Akron
  • BS - Bachelor of Science - Magna Cum Laude
  • 1989

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Avon Lake Family Lawyer James Vincent Barilla
James Vincent Barilla
Family Attorney
Avon Lake, OH
Licensed for 31 years
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