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Denise Nancy Rini

Child custody Attorney at Cleveland, OH

5.0   2 reviews
  • Licensed for 20 years
    State OH
    Acquired 2003
    Active No misconduct found

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About Denise

Learn Denise’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Child custody
    May include Juvenile and/or Domestic Relations Court

    20 years

  2. Child support
    Administrative Child Support Orders or matters that have been transferred to Domestic Relations or Juvenile Court

    20 years

  3. Divorce and separation
    The difference between Uncontested Divorce, (Dissolution) or a Divorce is simply the order in which documents are submitted to the Court.

    20 years

  4. Criminal defense
    Criminal Defense includes Juvenile Delinquencies or Adult Crimes, including Sex Crimes

    20 years

  5. Family
    Family law encompasses Juvenile and Domestic Relations that handles Child Support, Custody and Divorce.

    20 years

  6. Juvenile law
    In Cuyahoga County, when an unmarried couple have a child, the proper forum in Juvenile Court. The Mother is the sole legal custodian of the child until the Father files an application in Juvenile Court.

    20 years

  7. Uncontested divorce
    The difference between Uncontested Divorce, (Dissolution) or a Divorce is simply the order in which documents are submitted to the Court.

    20 years

I was elected in November 2012 and was seated on January 1, 2013 as a Judge in Juvenile Court. My term ended on December 31, 2018.

I am a lifelong resident of the Cuyahoga County area, growing up in Maple Heights until the age of 12, and moved to Lyndhurst. I attended public school, graduating from Brush High School in 1975. I have a daughter and understand the difficulty of raising a child as a single parent. After Michelle graduated from college, I pursued a degree at Baldwin Wallace University and earned a degree in Human Services while working as a private investigator and a freelance designer in advertising. Previously, I was an Advertising Director at a financial institution for 12 years, and at the age of 40, began law school with the intention of practicing juvenile and family law.

I served on the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association’s Guardian ad Litem Advisory Board from 2004 to 2016 and was a member of the Steering Committee
forming a CASA program, both of which merged to form the Child and Family Advocates of Cuyahoga County. This organization protects the needs of children in
foster care, whose numbers are at an all-time high due to the drug epidemic. Most recently, I was nominated as a Board Member of the Ohio Association of
Juvenile Court Judges. 

Since taking the bench, I have worked to implement various initiatives focusing on the needs of the community, strengthening families, and providing
services to the children of Cuyahoga County, such as Warrant Recall Fridays and CASA of Cuyahoga County.

Moreover, I have taken on additional duties as the jurist for the Teen Drug Court, Safe Harbor Docket and supervises the Magistrate for Reentry Court.
I have spent my entire legal career focusing on Family issues advocating for children and families of Cuyahoga County.

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Denise Nancy Rini
Mayfield Road
Cleveland, OH, 44124


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Posted by Russell | September 4, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Juvenile Court Attorney
When I first spoke with Attorney Rini my wife and I were in a tough place. We did not understand what had just happened with our case and thought it was going to be possible to lose custody of a child we had raised for over 3 years. Attorney Rini helped us understand the law as it applied to our situation, showed great patience with us and was tenacious for our case. At the time my wife and I had just moved out of the state and we're forced into a legal battle due to a previous negligent attorney. Attorney Rini came in and quickly cleaned up the mess that was left and began to turn the case in our favor. She wrote exceptional briefs that articulated sound arguments to the court. During the process, she was always accessible. She responded to our questions, often within hours and kept us updated on the process. This was much different than what we were used to. I always felt that we were in great hands with her in our corner. I cannot recommend Attorney Rini more highly! If I could give more than 5 stars I would. I also must emphasize how important it is to hire an attorney who actively practices within the area of law you need. We needed her expertise in Family Law, specifically a custody issue. She was able to navigate us through what we thought was murky waters while being aggressive towards our opponent.
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Posted by Rory | March 25, 2011
The best in the business
I recommend this attorney. Denise is proficient in all areas of family and juvenile law, and she works hard to get the best results for all of her clients. I work directly under her on a daily basis, and I see the hard work she puts in to her work. Denise understands all types of problems, and works well with all types of people. Her open-minded approach to her clients and her profession brings her much success as an attorney.
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 225-275 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 9.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Denise Rini LPA
  • 2019 - Present
  • Jurist
  • Juvenile Court
  • 2012 - 2018
  • Partner
  • Bartos & Rini LPA
  • 2005 - 2011
  • Solo Practioner
  • Denise Rini
  • 2002 - 2005
  • Investigator
  • MVFS
  • 1999 - 2004
  • Advertising Director
  • Ohio Savings Bank
  • 1987 - 1999
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  • Cleveland State University - Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
  • Externship Appellate Court
  • 2002
  • Cleveland State University - Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2002
  • Baldwin-Wallace College
  • Human Services
  • 1998
  • Ohio Supreme Court
  • Certified Mediator
  • 1995
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Legal Cases

  • From objections to final appeal
  • Client prevailed


  • Ohio Association of Juvenile Court Judges (OAJCJ)
  • Executive Committee
  • 2017 - 2018
  • CFACCC Child and Family Advocates of Cuyahoga County
  • Advisory Member
  • 2016 - 2018
  • Supreme Court of Ohio
  • Weighted Case Load Committee Member
  • 2016 - 2017
  • Ohio Supreme Court
  • Rules and Procedure Committee
  • 2014 - 2018
  • Ohio Association of Juvenile & Family Court Judges
  • Juvenile & Procedure Committee
  • 2013 - 2018
  • National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ)
  • Committee Member
  • 2012 - 2018
  • Guardian ad Litem Project
  • Advisory Board Member
  • 2007 - 2016
  • Providence House
  • Board Member
  • 1999 - 2002
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Judicial Award for Human Trafficking
  • Renee Jones Empowerment Center
  • 2016
  • Unwavering Commitment
  • Buddy Krenzler Award
  • 2016


  • CMBA
  • Cleveland Metro Baar
  • 2018

Speaking Engagements

  • Mandatory & Discretionary Transfer
  • Transfer of Jurisdiction
  • 2017
  • Judicial Training
  • Serious Youthful Offender (SY0)
  • 2016
  • Supreme Court of Ohio
  • New Judges Training
  • 2014
  • Training New GALs
  • Guardian ad Litem
  • 2010
  • Mediation Training for GALs
  • Investigations
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (6)
Endorse Denise
Juvenile law Attorney | May 02
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Dec 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Denise is a hard-working attorney both in the legal community and for her clients. She's well respected by the Court and fellow attorneys, and for these reasons I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Rini is an outstanding attonrney with a wonderful reputation. She is a strong and zealous advocate for her clients and a credit to the legal profession. I highly endorse her."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse Denise because she spends countless hours in her office meeting with clients, planning out case strategy, and helping other attorneys on their cases; but yet, despite her long work days, she always appears to be in a good mood. Denise is a woman who loves her job and loves people, and no matter how busy she may be, she will always find time for you. She puts me in a good mood whenever I am around her."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Denise pays attention to the needs of her clients, and helps them navigate their way through the troubled waters of a divroce, dissolution and child custody matters. Her work is superb, and I find it refreshing to work with somebody who genuinely cares about her clients and her profession."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Denise is amazing at talking to clients that do not understand the process of divorce. Whether clients are hysterical, crying, or angry, Denise can calm them, educate them and focus their anger so the client can conquer their emotions. She is the best thing to happen to me."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 14
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Denise on cases and I have been on the opposite side as well. She works day and night for her clients and knows the case inside/out. She fights hard and she is smart. She gets my unqualified endorsement."
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