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Gary Stephen Okin

Family Attorney at Painesville, OH

4.0   8 reviews
  • Licensed for 46 years
    State OH
    Acquired 1977
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  1. Family
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    46 years

Mr. Okin received his undergraduate degree in English Literature, cum laude, from Washington & Lee University, and his Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from Cleveland Marshall College of Law in Cleveland, Ohio.

Mr. Okin is admitted to practice before the Ohio Supreme Court and the United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio. He is a member of the Lake, Cleveland, and Ohio State Bar Associations, and the former chairperson of the Lake County Family Law Committee. Mr. Okin's practice is focused on all aspects of domestic relations, juvenile law, and commercial litigation. Mr. Okin is a contributor to several journals and continuing legal education seminars. Mr. Okin has been appointed as a life member to the Eighth District Court of Appeals Judicial Conference and is one of the first attorneys to be designated a certified specialist in the area of domestic relations law by the Ohio State Bar Association. He currently is serving as a member of the Family Relations Specialty Board of the Ohio State Bar Association. He was also appointed by the Domestic Relations Court to sit as a member of the Cuyahoga County Local Rules Committee, Division of Domestic Relations.

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Dworken & Bernstein Co., L.P.A.
60 South Park Place
Painesville, OH, 44077
Dworken & Bernstein Co., L.P.A.
1468 W. 9th St.
Suite 135
Cleveland, OH, 44113
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Posted by anonymous | February 19, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Exceptional Attorney
Gary Okin represented me in my very complicated child custody case that had been going on for several years. As soon as Gary took over my case I knew I was in good hands. If I ever had any questions, he always responded promptly and provided me with the answer I needed. Gary exceeded my expectations at trial. He was very prepared at and I was really impressed. I'm thankful every day that I hired Gary and for everything he has done for my family. He is an exceptional attorney and I highly recommend him.
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Posted by anonymous | June 30, 2014
Excellent Experience
I retained Gary Okin to represent me in my divorce. Through the whole experience, which was the worst time in my life as I am sure most people would say, Mr. Okin was supportive, responsive and professional. My results were fair and I had been told by the first attorney I interviewed that I would walk away with nothing. I credit Mr. Okin with that not being the case. I have read the other reviews listed here and I never had a day when I felt he was not prepared or responsive to my questions and looking back I made quite a pest of myself to him and his staff. I called at all hours and he responded quickly and politely. By the way, his secretary was very helpful in the day to day stuff that came up. I would recommend him highly.
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Posted by Claudia | June 26, 2014
Most perplexing, complicated divorce case ...
Gary Okin and his staff did a fine job of representing me as Plantiff in my divorce case. The complexity of the case, lies-deceit, amount of marital monetary waste during a nearly three year period, and lack of cooperation from defendant, was exposed by Gary at trial. He was passionate and tenacious about his work on this case. Spent many Saturdays and Sundays working for me. While the verdicts have not been decided yet, I am grateful to have had Gary defend me. It was not always easy as he is a most upstanding attorney, and we did not always agree on matters but worked through each issue with utmost integrity. I probably shed more tears infront of this attorney than any other of his clients during his career!! Compassionate and hardcore ... Thank you Gary !!!
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Posted by Nichole | February 13, 2013
Solid and knowledgeable
I wouldn't hesitate to retain Mr. Okin for any future family law needs that may arise. I felt 100% taken care of - he was extremely knowledgeable and answered every question I had and met every need. His advice was honest and spot on. With regard to issues pertaining to my divorce and subsequent custody issues, he showed his own vast experience and was supportive of me personally at the same time. I remain grateful to Mr. Okin.
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Posted by anonymous | April 24, 2012
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I read these reviews and realize anyone can write whatever they please about anyone. My experience with Mr. Okin was only positive. I had none of the problems mentioned in the previous review. He was responsive, answered my calls, (and I made many), and handled my matter with great professionalism and intelligence. My results were excellent. It makes you wonder who wrote the other review, maybe someone who was really on the opposite side of Mr. Okin? Hmmm.
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Posted by Barbara | February 6, 2012
Divorce
I retained Mr. Okin for my divorce. Although it started out a very combative situation with my ex, Mr. Okin was able to provide solutions that were ameniable to all of us and actually put on back on the path to healing. His follow up and his team were very professional and caring.
Posted by anonymous | June 22, 2014
Aggressive, cold and ill-prepared
I relied on Gary to fight a very conflicted divorce and custody battle, with a proven history of domestic violence (I had a broken limb.) He was my second attorney - the first secured me with supervised visitation for my ex - a few hours daily. Had to switch because I needed someone who would take a payment plan. Gary was recommended highly. At the only hearing of our two year battle (thanks to Gary) - their motion for an extension for parenting time, Gary was ill prepared, left me in a room alone to settle with my ex (the first time speaking with him since), permitted me to go to my ex's attorneys office to settle following (without him), and when he finally realized he should step in, they refused to negotate further and wanted the judge to decide. Now, at the hearing, Gary advised me that I would look "flexible to the court" if I said that I was weaning my 13 month son off of nursing to "allow for future overnights" since "theyll get overnights anyways". I followed my lawyers advice. This comment served as the basis to the Judge's ruling that if I don't care, she doesn't care, and shell give my ex what he requested - nearly 50% of the time. He called me, told me, I cried, he told me "its not that bad". He denied ever advising me "I would never tell a client what to say underoath." I asked him if he could fight it - he said "ya gotta have a reason." a month later I pled with him, please - its too long away from my child - and he said hed fight for age appropraite parenting. He wrote up a motion, the other side never responded, the judge ruled in our favor, then went back to the original when my ex's attorney said that my lawyer was incompetent and they did not receive it, it never was faxed to them. As soon as I could I dropped him for another attorney, after two years we settled on 50-50 shared parenting, quite challenging with our power dynamic. And I entirely blame Gary, so does my third attorney. After the year passed, the statute to file a complaint in Cuyahoga County he sued me for what I owed him. Id stay away.
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Posted by anonymous | February 4, 2014
Completely unprofessional and arrogant
Gary seems to have a habit of dropping the ball. Doesn't review case evidence and pretty much does what he wants without concern for you. Case when child abuse was stated after he was hired originally for other reasons he completely put it on a back burner for months when timing was of the utmost importance, then has the balls to tell me that's not what I hired him for when deposition was upon us. Advised me to drop case against my ex because he wasn't prepared at the deposition and was in a hurry to leave for his grand kids.
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Education

  • Cleveland State University - Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1977
  • Washington and Lee University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • N/A

Associations

  • Eighth District Court of Appeals Judicial Conference
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Lake County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Cleveland Metro Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Family Relations Certified Specialtist, Board
  • Member
  • 2002 - 2003
  • Lake County Bar Association
  • Chairman
  • 1997 - 1999
  • Cuyahoga County Domestic Relations Local Rules Committee
  • Member
  • 1995 - 1997
  • B'nai Jeshuran Congregation
  • Trustee
  • 1994 - 2001
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Ohio Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2017
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2014
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2012
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2011
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2010
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2009
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2008
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2007
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2006
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2005
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Speaking Engagements

  • Lake County Bar Association Family Law Seminar
  • Family Law
  • 2013
  • Lake County Bar Association Family Law Seminar
  • Family Law
  • 2012
  • Lake County Bar Association Family Law Seminar
  • Family Law
  • 2011
  • Lake County Bar Association Family Law Conference
  • Family Law
  • 2010
  • Lake County Bar Association
  • Jurisdiction
  • 1996
  • National Business Institute
  • Child Custody and Visitation
  • 1994
  • Lake County Bar Association
  • Case Law Update
  • N/A
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Attorney endorsements

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Endorse Gary
Family Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Gary. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Gary is a skilled advocate for his clients and always conducts himself in a professional manner."
Divorce and separation

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Painesville Family Lawyer Gary Stephen Okin
Gary Stephen Okin
Family Attorney
Painesville, OH
Licensed for 46 years