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Elisa A. Staats

Divorce and separation Attorney at Akron, OH

5.0   11 reviews

also known as Elisa Gamache, Elisa Longville

  • Licensed for 29 years
    State OH
    Acquired 1994
    Active No misconduct found

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About Elisa

Learn Elisa’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    After several years of litigating business matters, Elisa saw a need to take that expertise into Domestic Relations Court. Having experienced a divorce with children first-hand, Elisa understands the issues that a family faces during this difficult time. She applies what she has learned as a business litigator into her domestic relations practice. Elisa also handles dissolution, custody, and support matters.

    29 years

  2. Family
    Elisa handles all aspects of family law including divorce, dissolution, child custody, visitation, spousal support, child support, contempt, and post-decree (divorce) matters.

    29 years

  3. Child custody
    Elisa handles both new custody matters as well as change of custody issues.

    29 years

  4. Child support
    Elisa previously worked in the legal department of the Child Support Enforcement Agency. She can help you set child support or seek a modification of your current child support.

    33 years

  5. Litigation
    Elisa has worked on several complex litigation issues involving employment and business matters, contracts, discrimination, and healthcare law. Although Elisa has been involved in trials involving these matters, Elisa has also won cases for clients through summary judgement, and pre-trial negotiations, thereby avoiding a costly trial. In addition to her experience as an attorney, Elisa worked for several years as an international marketing manager at a $3 billion corporation.

    29 years

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Attorney Elisa Staats
679 West Market Street
Akron, OH, 44303


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Posted by anonymous | June 20, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
5 Stars
I was a previous client of Elisa Staats & even though it’s been 8 or 9 years, I just wanted to share some positivity and say that we still are so grateful for her hard work, determination, and persistence!! We live in another state and she helped us get custody of my husbands son who was living in Ohio in a terrible living situation with his other parent. Thanks to Mrs. Statts persistently jumping the courts hurdles and ICPC hoops, never giving up or backing down, we did get custody & my stepson got to live out the rest of his childhood with us where he has absolutely thrived. He just graduated high school last week and has enlisted in the army to serve our country. I just felt moved to come back and leave this review because she made a difference in our lives by fighting so hard for us!! Sometimes it is just nice to know you had an impact on someone’s life, no matter how big or small it seemed. To us, it was big. So thank you again. We were lucky to have found you.
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Posted by Dayna | September 23, 2016
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Strongly Recommend
Attorney Staats recently represented me in a lengthy, complex divorce case. She is an extremely intelligent, warm, compassionate, hard-working attorney who really fights for her clients. Always timely and responsive, she patiently addressed all my questions and concerns throughout the entire process.
Posted by anonymous | July 7, 2016
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Wow! PERFECT lawyer and on point! Helped save my grandson from a bad situation, helped my son become a father again!
Situation: My son lives in Columbus, & his minor son lives in Akron. My son got notice his son was in a bad situation with his mother, & he had to fight the maternal grandmother for custody. To be honest, I came about Ms. Staats phone number desperately trying to find a lawyer for my son on just a few days’ notice. We weren't local, and Ms. Staats was the ONLY lawyer not only to answer the phone herself, but to take the time and talk over the situation with me, AND agreed to be in court in just 3 days’ notice! Wow! She really came to bat for my son. While the other lawyer resorted to "Jerry Springer" type tactics in the court room, Ms. Staats countered every low blow statement and ridiculous motions with a professional attitude coupled with a mother tiger's ferociousness in protecting my son & his rights, and his son's best interest. Even the mother to my grandson said "I don't know where you found that lawyer, but WOW! She wouldn't let mom's lawyer get away with anything. She's impressive!" Elisa was responsive to emails and calls when her scheduled allowed, and always got back with us. It took 10 LONG months for my son to get custody, several hearings, pretrials and motions, but really, we got every pennies’ worth of professional representation from Ms. Staats and her advice to follow during that time. When it came down to trial, she brought with her TWO of the biggest organized binders of categorized evidence and information, questions for witnesses etc.. And was VERY prepared to go to trial. Our family, & our son was extremely impressed at the detail of her work. We thank heavens that Elisa Staats was that one lawyer who answered my desperate call for help that day. Now my son has his son living with him again & they both are so very very happy!! (And so are we!) We feel Ms. Staats was overly fair in her cost, & she was always upfront on any fees or potential future fees/costs that could happen. We also feel that she did NOT "nickle and dime us" on everything, we got more than our money's worth hiring her to represent our son and his son's best interest. Elisa Staats was our angel for my son's case. Our family cannot say enough awesome things on Elisa's behalf. We were blessed to find her.
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Posted by anonymous | March 9, 2016
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Great Divorce Attorney
Mrs. Staats was awesome to work with. She worked around my schedule which was great! She knew the law inside and me the best advice both professionally and personally. She out and was understanding of my circumstances and gave made a difficult time for me much easier by helping understand the Ohio Laws on divorce. I would strongly encourage anyone to hire her for representation and she wouldn't let you down!
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Posted by anonymous | April 5, 2015
Atty Staats is a blessing!
Atty Staats has been such a blessing for us. We are current clients in the middle of a custody dispute that started over a year ago. It's been a long emotional process and Elisa has been there every step of the way. Elisa has gone above and beyond, and we feel confident having her in our corner. We highly recommend Elisa!
Posted by Zach | April 15, 2014
Helped against the State of Ohio
Ms. Staats did a great job for me. She represented me against the State of Ohio. Without Ms. Staats they would have won a judgement. She successfully negotiated a substantial reduction in the amount of money I had to pay. She kept me informed, told me what I could expect and responded to all my concerns promptly. I live on the west coast and she went out of her way to respond to my every phone call and e mail. I'm sure my results may not be typical, but having her on my side was great. I feel my case was handled with the upmost professionalism and again, I could not thank her enough for reducing the amount I owed by thousands of dollars.
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Posted by Stephanie | February 4, 2014
I am so glad I chose Ms. Staats as my lawyer. She has went above & beyond what was expected of her & has worked her butt off for me and my case. Our case is a very complex case, stretching across states, that has been going on for 19 months. Lawyer Staats was always professional and prepared to tackle any obstacle that was thrown our way. She always kept me informed on what was going on & the ending results have proved to better than expected. Not only did we win our case, but we are very happy with the outcome. I would definitely recommend her if you need help with a child custody case.
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Posted by Toni | January 30, 2014
Highly Recommend Atty. Staats
My brother passed away unexpectedly, without a will, and his finances were a mess. Atty. Staats guided me through the process of probate court, etc. She is thorough, organized, knowledgeable and very professional. Atty. Staats is interested in the best outcome for her clients. I have recommended Atty. Staats to friends and family going through a divorce or business situation. They have been pleased with my recommendations.
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Posted by Jack | January 29, 2014
An Excellent Attorney
Ms. Staats went over and above for this client. Her commitment was unique considering the circumstances at the time. I highly recommend Ms. Staats to anyone who wants high quality, personal service in a knowledgeable and capable attorney..
Posted by Rebecca | January 29, 2014
Highly Recommend
Atty Staats was wonderful to work with during my disillusionment. She kept me up to date on everything that needed to be decided and where things stood. She was always available on the phone, in person, via email, and text. She understood the pain of the process and gave great personal advice for helping myself and my children during a very difficult time.
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Posted by anonymous | April 19, 2009
criminal case
Miss Gamache represented me in a very complex criminal case involving 7 charges. Although criminal law was not her expertise Miss Gamache was able to resolve my case beyond my expectations. Miss Gamache was very diligent in her research and keeping in contact with the prosecutors and me. Miss Gamache was certainly not intimidated by any of the prosecutors scare tactics and did not let them bully me in to any situation I didnt feel comfortable in. Miss Gamache was willing to go the extra mile and was not interested in just settleing to be done and get her money.
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AVVO RATING 8.7 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Elisa Staats, Attorney at Law, LLC
  • 2004 - Present
  • Associate
  • Brennan, Manna & Diamond, LLC
  • 2002 - 2004
  • International Marketing Manager
  • Roadway Express
  • 1997 - 2002
  • Owner
  • Elisa Longville, Attorney at Law
  • 1993 - 1996
  • Law Clerk
  • The University of Akron Office of General Counsel
  • 1990 - 1991
  • Law Clerk
  • Summit County Prosecutor's Office - Child Support Enforcement
  • 1990 - 1990
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  • The University of Akron School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1992
  • The University of Akron
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1989

Legal Cases

  • Custody to father
  • Father residential parent of children
  • Child Remains In Ohio
  • Child Remains in Ohio


  • Akron Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Chair
  • 2018 - Present
  • Akron Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Akron Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • Akron Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Vice Chair
  • 2017 - 2018
  • Akron Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Membership Committee Chairperson
  • 2016 - 2017
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Speaking Engagements

  • Family Law Topics
  • Divorce 101
  • 2014
  • Rotary Club
  • The Wise Employer - Red Flags To Avoid
  • 2009
  • BNI International Quarterly Meeting
  • Employer Hiring Considerations
  • 2007

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (1)
Endorse Elisa
Family Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Elisa is an attorney well-versed in the law, and is extremely capable of obtaining successful outcomes for her clients. Her body of work as well as her responses to assist parties in public forums such as AVVO show a devotion to her clients as well as to the legal profession. If you seek a successful outcome in the greater Akron area, I strongly suggest that you call Elisa-- she knows how to win."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Staats was invited to assist me in jury trial as co-counsel on a very serious felony case involving an accusation of taser torture committed by defendant police officers and with her help selecting the jury we were able to get two officers who were falsely accused acquitted. Ms. Staats has also assisted me in two employment lawsuits and in one of the cases, because of her trial preparation work with an expert witness, our client reported that we saved her life when a life threatening health condition was first discovered during a trial preparation medical exam. Elisa is the best co-counsel I have ever had and her training in domestic relations litigation helps me see evidentiary issues I might discount without her presence in the case. I recommend her to be your counsel in any domestic relations law case without any reservations."