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Rick Stahl

Divorce and separation Attorney at Cleveland, OH

4.4   20 reviews

also known as Richard Joseph Stahl III

  • Licensed for 17 years
    State OH
    Acquired 2006
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Rick

Learn Rick’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    50%
    Including divorce and/or dissolution cases.

  2. Family
    45%
    Including child support, spousal support, and/or child custody issues, as well as acting as a Guardian ad Litem for minor children.

  3. Alimony
    1%

  4. Child custody
    1%

  5. Child support
    1%

  6. Marriage and prenuptials
    1%

  7. Uncontested divorce
    1%

Call now for an appointment: 216/687-3248

Richard Stahl’s practice is dedicated to the successful navigation of clients through all areas of family law, including divorce, dissolution of marriage, legal separations, child custody, child support, spousal support, property division, and parental rights and responsibilities. He has earned the distinction bestowed by the Ohio State Bar Association as a Certified Specialist in Family Relations Law, as well as acknowledged annually by Martindale Hubbell and Super Lawyers since 2013, as well as US News & World Report/Best Lawyers since 2019.

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Location

Weston Hurd llp
1300 East 9th Street
Suite 1400
Cleveland, OH, 44114

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Reviews

4.4 / 5.0
  20 customer reviews
Posted by Mic | September 11, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
In the two cases Rick handled for me he proved to be a talented lawyer with sound integrity. He is a straight talker, good writer (which is a bonus for appeals), and he is not greedy. I appreciated him explaining the judicial process and giving me all of my options. I found it best to make appointments to communicate while preparing the case; but, when the time approached for the cases to be heard, the emails passed between us frequently. In both cases, his legal prowess effected success for me and that is why I am giving him a five-star review. He was voted by his peers as "A Rising Star," well, that's because Rick is everything you need and want in a lawyer.
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Posted by Nida | May 16, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best!
Mr. Stahl is an expert in his field; he is confident, knowledgable, understanding, honest, helpful, intelligent, and very professional when it all comes to dealing with his clients. There are no hidden bumps in the case of which he may not predict or be aware of ahead of time. He is informative, patient and does his work full heartedley and sincerely! Finding a great lawyer as Richard was a blessing from God. No case is tough for him, simply because he is the best!!!
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Posted by Jim | October 6, 2014
Great Attorny
Richard helped me tremendously with my divorce case. My ex-wife thought we could handle our divorce without using attorneys - yea right. I knew that was a bad idea. My ex-wife wanted everything, which I figured she would, and I believe hiring Rick helped me get a good settlement. My main focus, other than the support payments, was keeping my son near me and Rick made sure that happened.
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Posted by Tony | March 26, 2014
Right Man For The Job
Rick is outstanding and certainly bucks the "lawyer" sterotype. He's very straightforward but also shows a great deal of care and concern. He talks with you instead of at you and treats you like a person not just another case. I felt I received the best possible outcome due to Ricks knowledge, experience and professionalism.
Posted by Rachelle | January 14, 2013
Excellent Lawyer
Rick took an active interest in my case and helped calm and reassure me when my ex tried to take my daughter away after 9 years of me having residential custody. He explained everything so that I understood what was happening step by step. I am a bit of a control freak and he was amazing in how he never showed how annoying I must have been at times. I would reccomend his services to anyone looking for an attorney that really cares.
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Posted by Joseph | January 12, 2013
Knowledgeable, Trustworthy, Available, Excellent Craftsman, Loves His Work!!!
Richard J. Stahl III is one of the best attorneys within the state of Ohio, bar none. Not only have I known him through mutual friends, but also as acting acting Legal Counsel for a court case last year. I was facing charges of a Hit-and-Skip, Damage to Residential Property, and a Lane Change violation stemming from a late night incident , in which I fled the scene of the accident. After speaking with several attorneys of my case, I chose Richard Stahl III as acting Legal Counsel. On my day of court, Mr. Stahl ask that I sit in the waiting room while he argue the terms of my case with the Prosecutor behind closed doors. Roughly ten minutes later, Mr. Stahl emerged and informed me that the agreed upon terms would be as such: I needed to pay restitution to the homeowner for the damaged property and some very minor court fees, as well. I agreed to said terms without hesitation and was out of the courthouse within an hour. Richard Stahl III's efforts saved me thousands of dollars and a severe scar on my criminal background. I would recommend him to anyone searching for excellent, personable, quality, and trustworthy legal representation. I hold this gentleman in the highest of regards and utmost respect. Do not hesitate in calling Richard J. Stahl III about your case!
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Posted by Scott | January 10, 2013
Very knowledgeable
Mr. Stahl has helped me over the past two years. I had a minor criminal issue and have had some custody issues and I am extremely satisfied with all outcomes. I refer him to anybody that is in need of an attorney.
Posted by Dylan | January 9, 2013
Changed my life.
I know change my life seems a little extreme but that is exactly what Rich did for my family and me. Richard helped me out with a new shared parenting agreement.The original agreement was terrible. I barely ever got to see my daughter and I was paying a huge amount of child support. Now, I see my daughter twice as much as before. Which is great for me and her little sister. I get more vacation time and a better schedule where we are together 50% of the time. I also pay hundreds less to my ex-wife in child support. Finally I feel like I have a fair agreement. If you have ever dealt with the court system especially when it comes o things like this you know how frustrating it can be. Richard know the system, the people and he gets things done quickly. This is the lawyer for you.
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Posted by Matt | January 9, 2013
Excellent & Uniquely Knowledgeable!
My child custody experience was a nightmare - that is until I was able to connect with Richard. Before working with Richard I had been through 2 local attorneys and one national attorney from a "custodial help website online" - none of which got me anywhere. I honestly do not know where I would be at in regards to my custody battle if I had not found Richard. His background brings a unique understanding of the custodial process & system that I can attest to first hand other attorney's do not have. If you are visiting this site you are most likely searching for a custody attorney online. The best decision you can make is to stop searching - emailing and calling around asking about consultations & rates and secure Rick as your attorney as quick as possible. This may be the most important decision you make in your life time.
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Posted by Nathan | April 4, 2012
The case other attorneys refused!
Rick, took a child support case where the state Ohio assumed I was the father. Other attorneys turned me downed. Rick took on the challenge did his home work. He spent a lot time with me on the phone. He is down the earth and real honest!
Posted by David | March 15, 2012
Great Attorney!
Rick helped me get through some legal issues in a very professional, no-nonsence and friendly manner that was very refreshing. He didn't sugar-coat his answers, and allowed me to make informed decisions. And to top things off, he ensured that I ended with a great deal! I would definitely refer Rick to family & friends.
Posted by Fran | March 4, 2012
Knowlegeable, personable attorney
“Richard J. Stahl III is an excellent attorney with great depth of knowledge and sensitivity. In my divorce, Rick helped me understand the process and keep my perspective. Rick is dependable, trustworthy and utilizes a collaborative approach; all traits that are invaluable in this contentious experience.
Posted by anonymous | February 26, 2012
Personal legal issues
I have had the need for a number of legal issues over the last few years. Richard has always taken the time to review the issues with me, help me with a decision and walk me through the legal process. My results have always been positive.
Posted by Kathleen | February 9, 2012
Very Knowlegeable and personable Attorney
Very responsive and very helpful in explaining what is to happen in your case and very pleasant all the time.
Posted by anonymous | January 30, 2012
caring and diligent!
Mr Stahl took on a very difficult child custody case for us. He has made himself available on off hours and at short notice! I would definitely recommend him!
Posted by Daniel | December 22, 2011
Comments regarding Richard Stahl
Rick handled my legal matter with promptness and courtesy. He was very knowledgeable of the system and the other attorneys involved in the case. He kept me informed of case progress and forwarded documentation for my preview. I consider him an excellent attorney and I will definitely refer him to other clients.
Posted by Melissa | January 26, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Extremely Knowledgeable
I hired Mr. Stahl for my divorce. Due to the opposing council's lack of experience in family law and COVID, things took a lot longer than I anticipated. Rick always made me feel confident that he had mine and my daughter's best interest at heart. He is very easy to talk to and in return, helped me keep emotionally composed when I was ready to break. The only issue I had was a few times of frustration as he can be a tough guy to get ahold of. He is confident, knowledgeable, and understands how difficult of a time a divorce can be. I appreciate his hard work and dedication to getting my case resolved.
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Posted by Corryn | March 4, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
He's like a magician
He talks the talk, but does not walk the walk. My case was stupid, but nonetheless I hired him to represent me so I didn't have to deal with the nonsense my ex was starting. I paid the retainer, with zero issues but that was my first mistake. I barely heard from him, he never updated me on the case, and come to find out it was dismissed. Did he call to let me know? Nope. He also paid only about half of the court costs out of the retainer leaving me with the rest of the bill. Thanks buddy! I would not recommend this guy to anyone.
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Posted by Richard | June 16, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Negligent
Do NOT hire Rick, he is as bad as they come. Rick, like’s to tell you all the thing’s he is going to do to help with your case, to charge ridiculous retainer rate’s, only to ignore and neglect his duties as an attorney. He will not communicate with you, in regards to your case, he will not prepare for your hearing’s, he will not abide by deadline’s and when you confront Rick, he will act surprised that anything is wrong, even after you have attempted to communicate with him for day’s, wk’s, mnth’s. The only thing I can gaurantee about Rick is, he WILL fail you & your case in every aspect.
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Posted by Addie | October 22, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Run as fast as you can away from him.
Run, run as fast as you can away from this firm. I hired Richard Stahl to handle a fairly easy divorce. 7 months later all I have to show for the experience is a rough draft of a Seperation Agreement. He doesn't return emails or phone calls to either myself or to my spouse's attorney. When I confronted him about all this he tried to put the blame on me. When you are going through the roughest time in your life you need an attorney you can count on. One who is responsive to your needs and works diligently on your behalf. In my experience, Richard Stahl is not that attorney. What a costly mistake! Richard you should be ashamed!!!!
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 350-350 per hour
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Coyne Stahl Jansen llc
  • 2021 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Zashin & Rich Co., LPA
  • 2021 - Present
  • Juvnile Diversion Magistrate
  • City of Strongsville
  • 2012 - Present
  • Admitted to Practice
  • the US District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • 2007 - Present
  • Jacksonville Jaguars Scout (Extra)
  • Draft Day (Movie)
  • 2014 - 2014
  • Partner
  • Law Office of Richard J. Stahl III
  • 2008 - 2018
  • Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
  • Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Coach, Mock Trial
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • 2006 - 2012
  • Health Information Coordinator
  • Litigation Management, Inc.
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Judicial Law Clerk
  • Allen County Court of Common Pleas
  • 2005 - 2006
  • Associate
  • Lexis-Nexis
  • 2004 - 2006
  • Coach, Mock Trial
  • Ohio Northern University
  • 2003 - 2005
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Education

  • Center for Principled Family Advocacy
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 2013
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Certification of Completion
  • 2008
  • Ohio Northern University - Claude W. Pettit College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • Ohio Northern University
  • BSBA
  • 2003
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • Glatley v. Glatley, 2018-Ohio-1077
  • Affirmed/Reversed/Remanded (part)
  • Nancy Lowrie & Assocs., LLC v. Ornowski (In re Krueger), 2014-Ohio-3718
  • Affirmed
  • Nancy Lowrie & Assoc., LLC v. Ornowski, 2013 Ohio Misc. LEXIS 69
  • Granted
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Associations

  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Ohio Northern University Cleveland Alumni Club
  • Vice President
  • 2010 - Present
  • Lorain County Bar Assocation
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Medina Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Parma Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Ohio Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • National Academy of Family Law Attorneys
  • Advisory Board
  • 2015 - 2018
  • Southwest General Hospital
  • Ambassador Committee
  • 2015 - 2015
  • The National Advocates
  • Executive Committee
  • 2015 - 2018
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - 2014
  • Center for Principled Family Advocacy
  • Member
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Strongsville Juvenile Diversion Program
  • Volunteer Magistrate
  • 2012 - 2018
  • Woodside Crossing Board of Directors
  • Member at Large
  • 2012 - 2013
  • American Mock Trial Association
  • Candidate Member, Board of Directors
  • 2010 - 2012
  • Serbian Bar Association of America
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2020
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2019
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2017
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Top 40 Lawyers Under 40
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2016
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • The National Advocates
  • 2015
  • Top Lawyer
  • Global Directory of Who's Who
  • 2015
  • Top 40 Lawyers Under 40
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2015
  • Top 10 Attorneys Under 40
  • National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Nation's Top One Percent
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2015
  • 10 Best (Ohio)
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Top 40 Lawyers Under 40
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Top 10 Attorneys Under 40
  • National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2014
  • 10 Best (Ohio)
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2014
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Client's Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2013
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Rising Star
  • Ohio Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Client's Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2012
  • Green Certified
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • 2012
  • Order of the Barristers
  • University of Texas (Austin) School of Law
  • 2006
  • Induction into the William Howard Taft Chapter
  • American Inns of Court
  • 2006
  • Selection to 24th Ed.
  • Who's Who: American Law Students
  • 2005
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Publications

  • 2011-12 American Mock Trial Assoc. Case Problem
  • State v. Dawson (co-author as member of AMTA Criminal Case Committee)
  • 2011

Speaking Engagements

  • Domestic Relations
  • Domestic Relations
  • 2018
  • CWRU Mock Trial
  • Evidentiary Rules
  • 2010
  • CWRU Mock Trial
  • Trial Preparation
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

Received (19)
Given (26)
Endorse Rick
Unknown Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Stahl is a born leader and has an excellent reputation around the legal community. I highly endorse Mr. Stahl."
Family Attorney | Nov 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Family Attorney | Dec 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Stahl is a professional, experienced attorney in the area of divorce and family law."
Family Attorney | Oct 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with attorney Stahl on many cases in recent years and give my unqualified support and endorsement. He is honest and hard working. He is knowledgeable and reasonable. Simply, he gives good advice and advocates well for his clients. If you are looking for a good lawyer, give him a call. You will not be disappointed."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Richard. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rick is an excellent attorney who you can trust to listen and work hard for you."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Mr. Stahl from the time he was a prosecutor. He is diligent in all of his work and is a skilled divorce attorney."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 25
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Good lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 31
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Richard was my opponent in a divorce case. He was professional at all times and we were able to resolve the case without undue expense to the clients."
Family Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have know Attorney Stahl now for 4 or so years. He is a good advocate for his client, yet he is amenable to resolving problems with out the need for useless litigation. He is professional, and I have nothing but good things to say about him."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 06
Relationship: Other
"Ricky is a smart lawyer, who is conscientious, respectful, approachable, and is committed to learning and teaching better courtroom advocacy."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Mr. Stahl over the last five years. He is hardworking and committed to the practice of law and the people he serves. At the same time he is also easy to work with and has the gift of putting his clients at ease."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. Stahl has been on a number of cases against my clients. He is well prepared and passionate for his own client's position. Based on such, I endorse Richard Stahl."
General practice Attorney | Dec 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Family Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Ricky is an excellent attorney and I highly recommend him."
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