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Sam R. Bradley

Family Attorney at Sheffield Village, OH

4.4   15 reviews
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  • Licensed for 36 years
    State OH
    Acquired 1987
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Sam

Learn Sam’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Family
    50%
    I have been involved in Family Law matters, which would include divorces, custody actions, child support matters, spousal support (alimony actions) since I first started to practice law in November 1987. Prior to practicing law, I was employed as a law clerk and researched and wrote appeallate briefs in family law and criminal procedure. I am confident that my experience and dedication to my clients will justify the retention of my office for any family law matter.

    37 years

  2. Divorce and separation
    30%
    I have been involved in Family Law matters, which would include divorces, custody actions, child support matters, spousal support (alimony actions) since I first started to practice law in November 1987. Prior to practicing law, I was employed as a

    37 years

  3. Child custody
    10%
    I have been involved in Family Law matters, which would include divorces, custody actions, child support matters, spousal support (alimony actions) since I first started to practice law in November 1987. Prior to practicing law, I was employed as a

    37 years

  4. Child support
    10%
    I have been involved in Family Law matters, which would include divorces, custody actions, child support matters, spousal support (alimony actions) since I first started to practice law in November 1987. Prior to practicing law, I was employed as a

    37 years

I would like to assist you with your Divorce, Legal Separation or other Family Law matter. I am experienced, zealous and willing to give your case the attention it needs and argue the law and facts in the manner that will maximise the outcome in your favor.


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Born and raised in Lorain, Ohio.  Attended Lorain County Community College, The Ohio State University and the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. 

 

Practicing Attorney since November 1987.  Practice has been limited to Family and Matrimonial Matters since 1998; prior to that, practice areas included Family and Matrimonial Matters (approximately 80%) and Injury Law (approximately 20%).  In order to better serve clients, stopped handling injury cases and focused entirely on Family and Matrimonial Actions.

 

Although Family Law Cases havve taken me to many Ohio Counties, I primarily handle cases in Lorain County.

 

In order to best understand a client's situation, I prefer a one-on-one consultation.  However, in some circumstances, telephone consultations can be arranged.

 

In order to avoid conflicts, I charge a consultation fee of $100.  A conflict is created when I meet with a potential client, gather information about their case, and render some opinions as to how the law may apply to that client's case.  Some people do not want my office to represent their spouse and have scheduled appointments to simply keep me from being involved in the case and never had any intention of hiring me as their attorney.  Thus, to avoid such gamesmanship, I must charge for the initial consultation.  

Awards

Distinguished Peer Review Rating
Client's Choice 2012
Client's Choice
2012
Top Contributor 2012
Top Contributor
2012

Location

Sam R. Bradley, Attorney at Law
5425 Detroit Road, Suite 10
Sheffield Village, OH, 44054

Reviews

4.4 / 5.0
  15 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2012
Client's Choice
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Posted by Kathy | February 15, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptional Representation
Attorney Bradley handled my divorce and the additional matters related to it. I could not be happier with his representation. Not only did Attorney Bradley represent me diligently, but he exhibited a profound sense of professionalism. When sitting in the courthouse during the proceedings, I recall seeing others talking with their attorneys in the hallways about very private and sensitive matters; Attorney Bradley always took me aside so we could speak privately and discretely - he was devoted not only to securing the best possible outcome for me, but also to making me feel comfortable during a very uncomfortable time. Attorney Bradley always answered or returned my calls promptly, listened to me, and thoughtfully answered all my questions and concerns. His paralegal, Laura, was amazing and took part in making my difficult experiences much less stressful and troublesome. Simply put, I cannot imagine a different attorney handling my situation better than Attorney Bradley and Laura. I cannot put into words how much I appreciate everything he and his staff did for me. I highly recommend Attorney Bradley to anyone in need of dedicated, caring, and personable legal representation.
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Posted by anonymous | December 17, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional, experienced, pragmatic
As a client whose desire was to remain involved in the lives of my children, I found Sam to be an excellent choice to represent me in my contested divorce case. His experience with the court is excellent, and he has a very realistic approach in managing expectations and desired outcomes. Sam shared my beliefs in what represented the best interests of my children, and we stayed the course for a successful outcome. I felt that Sam “had my back” from the very start. He and his paralegal Laura are very organized and detail oriented, he had a "belt and suspenders" approach in managing the details of my case. Sam's approach is very pragmatic, defined by dealing with things sensibly and realistically in a way that is based on practical rather than theoretical considerations. Sam was the right choice for me.
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Posted by Zach | March 6, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional and Honest
I worked with Attorney Bradley and Laura for 3 years while going through my divorce. They both were quick to answer questions and give me straight answers. I had several issues with my ex not following court orders and Attorney Bradley always answered my urgent emails promptly. He never stopped fighting for myself and children and walked me through the GAL process when we got to that point. He was always well prepared for any court hearing I had and the court respects him. (Staff and judges) We were never unprepared for anything my ex threw at us. He is not unrealistic when giving advice or suggesting what we should pursue in regards to the divorce or custody.
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Posted by Kara Kennedy-Burge | August 27, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer around
I would recommend Sam Bradley to anyone in need of a really good lawyer. Sam is a very straight forward and compassionate lawyer! He never stopped fighting for my case. He fought for my case for 2 years. Sam and Laura were there for me not only on the professional level but also as friends. There really is no words to explain how wonderful he is. In the future if I have to go back into court I will only have Sam as my attorney. I wouldn't trust anyone else to be by my side fighting for my son! I would recommend Sam's office over and over! Thank you Sam and Laura for everything you have done for my son and myself and for always being there for me!
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Posted by RICK | June 7, 2015
OUT OF STATE HELP
MR BRADLEY REPRESENTED MY INTEREST IN AN OUT-OF-STATE CUSTODIAL CASE THREE YEARS AGO. BECAUSE OF THAT REPRESENTATION, I CALLED ON HIM AGAIN 15 MONTHS AGO FOR RETROACTIVE CHILD SUPPORT & OUT-OF-POCKET MEDICAL EXPENSES. I NEEDED A LOT OF PATIENCE BECAUSE COURTS ARE SLOW, BUT MR. BRADLEY KEPT ME GROUNDED & MADE SURE ALL THE GROUNDWORK WAS LAID. HE & HIS PARALEGAL DO THEIR HOMEWORK PUTTING IN MANY MANY HOURS OF WORK. MR. BRADLEY EVEN FOUGHT "CITY HALL" IN GETTING THE COURT COSTS REVERSED AFTER I WAS CHARGED FOR THEM. ALL I HAD TO ASK HIM WAS WHY I WAS CHARGED WITH THEM WHEN THE OTHER PARTY WAS FOUND IN CONTEMPT. NOT ONLY DID HE PURSUE THAT QUESTION AND WIN THE ARGUMENT, BUT DID NOT CHARGE ME FOR HIS TIME OR EFFORT. THE BOTTOM LINE IS THIS: THE GUY IS A PIT BULL PERIOD! ALTHOUGH HIS PARALEGAL IS A REAL SWEETHEART, SHE IS MR. BRADLEY'S SIDEKICK & IS EQUALLY COMPETENT IN LAW MATTERS. I REAPED THE HARVEST OF WHAT I WAS DUE BECAUSE OF THIS PAIR'S EFFORTS. I AM VERY THANKFUL EVERY DAY FROM OUT-OF-STATE.
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Posted by mark | November 11, 2014
got job done
Sam, was very good lawyer for my divorce. He was very thorough with all the proceedings. Stayed on top of the case, I got what I wanted for me
Posted by anonymous | October 14, 2014
Sam Bradley was the right lawyer for me at the right time.
Attorney Sam Bradley was referred to me by another attorney when I needed representation regarding a contested child custody case in the Court Of Common Pleas in Lorain County, Ohio. I have worked closely with Attorney Bradley since November, 2012 and I am extremely pleased with his professionalism, very detailed knowledge of the law, attention to detail and dedication to attaining the best possible outcome for me in my case. Sam has helped to make this very difficult legal process a little less intimidating for me by fully explaining the law, my options and providing me with a "roadmap" to get through this ordeal. My child is the most important person in my life and I feel very fortunate to have retained Sam to represent me in this matter. I absolutely recommend Attorney Bradley to anyone in need of an aggressive, experienced and personable lawyer.
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Posted by Mandy | July 31, 2012
Divorce made "worry" free!!!
He made my divorce "worry" and hassle free! He treated me with respect and helped me through this difficult time. He was quick to respond to my questions, never judgemental, and i felt he was fair and honest throughout the whole process. Definately awesome in every aspect of the word!!
Posted by Melissa | June 15, 2012
In a nutshell
Sam was recommended to me by an acquantance who had utilized his knowledge through her divorce. I did not know what to expect but was very pleased. There was no doubt in my mind that this man knows & loves what he does. He is down-to-earth, approachable & patient. His office is extremely organized & his paraleagal is superwoman. I could not have found a better attorney to handle this difficult process. When all was said & done, the fee could have easily been 25% more than what I paid for the excellent service provided to me. Sam went out of his way to help me. He is an outstanding lawyer & a genuine individual.
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Posted by anonymous | April 22, 2011
Jeff
I have worked with many attorneys. Sam Bradley is an excellent attorney. The reason I say that is because he knows what he is doing, experienced, and listens. Ask questions, be knowledgeable yourself, participate, and you will be happy working with Mr. Bradley.
Posted by anonymous | October 10, 2009
Experienced
I wen through a very difficult time in my life. Attoney Bradley helped out alot. He knew the law, he was prepared and always explained the system to me. I'd recommend him to all of my family and friends.
Posted by anonymous | August 4, 2008
Ms. Corinne Kopriva
I believe that Mr. Bradley kept my best interests at heart along with my children. I believe he was confident and his staff was excellent. When he was unavailable, I could always tell them my situation and they would return my call as soon as they found out the correct answer. My divorce was easier with Mr. Bradley at my side.
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Posted by anonymous | October 26, 2009
We are all in charge of ourselves but we all need some advise too.
After almost 15 years I found myself needing a divorced with 3 children. Sam Bradley was personable; gave me advise; told me what would happen and the timeline things"should"happen.During our chat with x n his lawyer there was something I was not signing until it was removed. Though my atty advised that I should sign,I did not want it worded that way.We all have to remember that we are the ones that have to face the mirror each day.Mr. Bradley was not mad or disrepectbul to me for not taking his advise.He was glad that I stood up for me.Awsome
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Posted by anonymous | September 13, 2010
I would not recommend
What a joke! I might as well have flushed my money down the toilet. He just didn't care! I would not recommend this lawyer to anyone, especially not for child custody cases. He is very expensive and just doesn't do a good job. He . He did not keep me informed. He would not come prepared to court hearings. Documents provided to him would be "lost" or "forgotten"
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Posted by anonymous | January 26, 2010
horrible
My goodness, the reviews that I've read ... unbelievable, he must have made a transformation, he was absolutely horrible in my defense during a divorce and child custody....
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 150-300 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Sam R. Bradley
  • 1987 - Present

Education

  • Cleveland State University - Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1987
  • The Ohio State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1984
  • Lorain County Community College
  • AA
  • 1982

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Medas v. Monyak 2015-Ohio-1252
  • Reversed
  • Ross v. Ross (2012) 2012-Ohio-5565
  • Affirmed in part and reversed in part.
  • Kocinski v. Kocinski, 2004 Ohio 4445
  • Judgment reversed, and cause remanded.
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Associations

  • American Bar Association Advisory Panel
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Cuyahoga County Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1987 - Present
  • Lorain County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1987 - Present
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1987 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 1987 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section, Alimony and Spousal Support Committee
  • Member
  • 1987 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section, Custody Committee
  • Member
  • 1987 - Present
  • Ohio Supreme Court, Commission on Certification of Lawyers as Specialists
  • Member
  • 2005 - 2007
  • Lorain County Bar Association, Solo and Small Firm Section
  • Chairman
  • 2000 - 2001
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2015
  • Superb rating
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • 10 Best Ohio Family Law Attorneys - Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • National Advocates
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2013
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1995
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Speaking Engagements

  • Ask the Lawyer - Custody and Visitation
  • Custody and Child Support
  • 2015
  • Divorce Over 50
  • Divorce Over 50
  • 2013
  • Lorain County Community College, Women's Link --Ask the Lawyer
  • Family Law
  • 2006
  • Lorain County Community College, Women's Link --Ask the Lawyer
  • Family Law
  • 2005
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Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (7)
Endorse Sam
Family Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I've had the opportunity to work with Sam on a number of cases, and find him to be a very professional and prepared attorney. He works hard for his clients, and ensures that their best interests are always his number one priority."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I have had a number of cases with Sam. In every case Sam has been a tough well prepared opponent that thoroughly knew his case. His preparedness and hard work makes him able to settle cases fairly and to the benefit of his clients."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sam's an exceptional attorney. He has exceptional knowledge in his practice area and advocates through intelligence, strength, respect and sincerity."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 17
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Sam does a good job of advocating his client's position. He knows the law and helps his client to a fair and equitable resolution."
Family Attorney | Jul 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Sam's knowledge in Family Law issues is impressive. His concentration as a domestic lawyer gives him the ability to efficiently meet his clients' needs."
Divorce and separation
Criminal defense
Divorce and separation
Divorce and separation
Chapter 7 bankruptcy
Personal injury

Avvo Contributions

Top Contributor 2012
Top Contributor

Sam earned significant contribution points in 2012.

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Sheffield Village Family Lawyer Sam R. Bradley
Sam R. Bradley
Family Attorney
Sheffield Village, OH
Licensed for 36 years
Virtual consultation available