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Joseph James Lanter

Family Attorney at Lakewood, OH

5.0   6 reviews

also known as Lanter Legal, LLC, Joseph J. Lanter

  • State Years
    Ohio - OH 12 years
    Missouri - MO 18 years
  • Licensed for 12 years
    State OH
    Acquired 2012
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State MO
    Acquired 2006
    Inactive No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Joseph

Learn Joseph’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Family
    Divorce Dissolution Child Custody Post Decree Modification Juvenile custody Abuse, Dependency, and Neglect Same Sex Divorce LGBT Family Law Shared Custody Prenuptial Agreements Parenting Plan

    18 years

  2. Estate planning

    18 years

  3. General practice
    Including small business formation and litigation; business general counsel; landlord/tenant; and civil litigation.

    18 years

  4. Criminal defense

    18 years

Over 12 years of practice, Attorney Joe Lanter has developed a strong reputation across two states for being a skilled and passionate advocate. Joe is focused on providing clients strong representation in a variety of Family Law matters, including divorce, dissolution, child custody disputes, support modification and enforcement, antenuptial / prenuptial agreements, and creating Separation Agreements and Shared Parenting Plans. Beginning his career as a county prosecutor in Missouri, Joe vigorously sought convictions for crimes such as homicide, felony assault, drug trafficking and manufacturing, drunk-driving, domestic violence, and hundreds of others over more than 5 years. After relocating to Northeast Ohio with his wife and children, Joe transitioned into private practice, where his commitment to professional excellence has continued. While Joe's main practice area is the broad spectrum of Family Law, he also continues to provide his clients top-level representation in limited criminal cases with a special focus on OVI/DUI Defense.

Recently, Joe has expanded his practice to include estate planning. If you are in need of a will, living will, powers of attorney, or other estate planning documents, Joe can help you navigate through this difficult and stressful experience.

Whether it be a contested, high-conflict court proceeding or the pursuit of an out-of-court settlement, Joe recognizes that the practice of law is nuanced and realizes that no two clients are the same. To that end, he believes that in order to solve problems, he must endeavor to get to know his clients and their very specific needs.

Joe has identified specific attention to the representation of Same-Sex Couples and Non-Traditional Families with their Family Law needs, including same-sex divorce and dissolution. Joe has experience with litigating contested custody actions as well as drafting Shared Custody and Separation Agreements for same-gender couples.

Additionally, Joe serves as a Guardian ad Litem in domestic relations cases in Cuyahoga County. As a GAL, Joe represents the best interests of children in divorce, post-decree, and domestic violence matters.


Lanter Legal, LLC
14805 Detroit Avenue
Suite 310
Lakewood, OH, 44107

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Posted by Matthew | September 25, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Professional and Compassionate
I contracted Joe to handle my divorce proceeding. I married in Massachusetts, shortly after same-sex marriage became legal. Not long after the marriage, we moved to another state that did not acknowledge our marriage. Within a few short years of the move, our relationship ended. We found ourselves without any legal means of separation and those circumstances remained until the summer of 2015. Joe was sensitive to this situation and ended up working as counsel to me and advisor to my former husband. While the actual dissolution of our marriage was fairly straightforward, my former husband and I had not really spoken since our relationship ended. The day of the court proceeding, Joe demonstrated professionalism and compassion to both me and my former husband. I appreciate his dedication, his understanding and his empathy of my situation. I highly recommend Joe's services within the area of family law.
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Posted by Gary | September 16, 2016
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Five stars for Attorney Lanter
Attorney Lanter did an excellent job for me on my dissolution of marriage case. He was very knowledgeable and handled my case in a very professional manner. He was diligent and kept me informed and updated at every stage of the case. His fees were also quite reasonable. I would highly recommend him to anyone seeking counsel to represent them in a family law matter.
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Posted by ARNOLD | August 13, 2016
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In my opinion, one needs to seek legal counsel/representation in order to rectify a "BAD" situation. The uncertainty, uncomfortability and the unknown makes things even worse. In all my dealings with Attorney Joe Lanter, his staff and firm I never felt in the dark or that they did not have everything under control. All of the "legalese" was explained in easy to understand terms. Attorney Lanter with great attention to detail would explain each step of the entire process taking into consideration both the "pro" and "con" and how the decision making would effect the outcome in both the short term and the long term impact. Joe and his staff would consistently keep me abreast of any developments in regards to my case, communication was excellent and prompt. in other dealings I have had with legal professionals, communication with the client seemed to be secondary. I would highly recommend Attorney Joe Lanter and the Shinn and Lantner firm for any legal dealings. I know that in the future, I will only be making 1 call.
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Posted by Kathy | September 3, 2015
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Joe Saved Me
Joe went above and beyond in my case. He was always well-prepared, knowledgeable, organized and a true professional. He helped me to understand when I had no clue, he reassured me when the frustrations of the arduous process felt never-ending. His confidence in getting a fair outcome in my case helped me immeasurably. Joe guided me through this difficult process and I am forever grateful.
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Posted by Debra | May 28, 2015
2013/14 Custody and Support case and Contempt case 2015 - excellent job!
We all know Attorneys are expensive and no one wants to open the yellow pages and take a chance with just anyone they see. Joe Lanter represented me on two occassions and I would recommend his services to anyone in need of counsel. He was professional, courteous, informative, and reasonably priced. In 2012, I retained Joe for my Custody and Support case which settled in 2014 (standard time for these cases). I explained what I was looking to obtain and Joe communicated clearly ALL the scenerios so when things progressed I was not caught off guard and was able to make an informed decision. In addition, my job as a Flight Attendant was unique to most 9am-5pm financial and parenting time guidelines. Joe took the time to understand my life and my childs needs so he could convey them properly to the Court for the best possible outcome. I was awarded sole custody, and the support amount and terms close to what I wanted. In 2015, after my sons Father refused to pay Medical Bills (for our child) clearly outlined in our recent Support Order, I contatced Joe again. He explained all possible scenerios so I could decide for myself whether or not I wished to persue legal action. I retained Joe and he kept me informed throughout the process. On the day of the trial, he was sucessful yet again. The defendant was found guilty of contempt, ordered to pay attorney fees, Medical Bills and copying fees/court costs. Although Joe is qualified to handle multiple areas of law, I have only had to utilize his expertise in the area of Family Law. Should I need counsel again, he will be my choice and will be highly recommended to family and friends.
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Posted by Rose | May 24, 2015
Professionalism at it's Best
I was recommended to Joe by another attorney who did not specialize in my case type. Joe is friendly, professional, and very knowledgeable with marital law. He found a solution when no one else could. I am very greatful for his service and highly recommend him to anyone, but especially the lgbt community.
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Work Experience

  • Owner, Attorney at Law
  • Lanter Legal, LLC
  • 2017 - Present
  • Partner
  • Shinn Lanter, LLP
  • 2015 - Present
  • Associate
  • Abel & Zocolo, LPA
  • 2012 - 2014
  • Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
  • St. Francois County, Missouri
  • 2006 - 2011
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  • University of Missouri - Columbia School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • Colorado State University
  • MS - Master of Science
  • 2002
  • Saint Louis University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2000

Sample of Legal Cases

  • In re: E.O.T. (Ohio 8th App. District Case CA-18-107328)
  • In re: C.T. (2013-Ohio-2458 (Ohio App. 8 Dist. 2013))
  • State of Missouri ex rel. Wendy Wexler Horn v. Hon. Thomas Ray, 325 S.W.3d 500 (Mo. App. E.D. Sep. 21, 2010)


  • LakewoodAlive
  • Board Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Board Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • West Shore Bar Association
  • 2012 - Present
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • 2012 - Present
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • 2012 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Speaking Engagements

  • Professional Conduct 2018: Super Scary Edition
  • Unbundled Legal Services
  • 2018
  • Family Law Basics & Ethical Considerations for Legal Services Volunteers
  • Family Law Basics
  • 2018
  • CLE Series
  • Managing the Domestic Relations Case
  • 2018
  • Let's Talk About Small & Solo Practice
  • Unbundling Legal Services
  • 2017
  • Let's Talk About Small & Solo Practice
  • LGBTQI+ Hot Topics
  • 2017
  • Preparing for the Freedom to Marry
  • Same-Sex Marriage
  • 2015
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Lakewood Family Lawyer Joseph James Lanter
Joseph James Lanter
Family Attorney
Lakewood, OH
Licensed for 18 years