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Eric Eugene Skidmore

Family Attorney at Akron, OH

4.9   16 reviews
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  • Licensed for 34 years
    State OH
    Acquired 1989
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Eric

Learn Eric’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Family
    50%
    Divorce,Dissolution, debt & property division, child support, spousal support, custody & parenting, grandparent rights, child relocation, divorce planning, modifications.

    35 years

  2. Divorce and separation
    30%
    Litigate contested divorces and legal separation cases; litigate temporary and permanent issues; area is integrated and related to Family Law,Uncontested Divorces,Child Support, Spousal Support.Litigate modification of spousal and child support.

    35 years

  3. Child custody
    10%

  4. Child support
    10%

FOR EVERY END... THERE'S A NEW BEGINNING. CALL NOW 330-515-7259!

The Akron law firm of Skidmore & Associates has had an AV Martindale-Hubbell peer rating [highest ethical standards/highest professional ability] for decades. I am the middle son of firm founder Akron attorney Archie W. Skidmore. My father has been practicing law since 1955. He is 92 years old and still comes to work every day. I have an older brother Brian and younger brother Thomas also Akron attorneys. My brothers and I were born and raised in Akron, Ohio. We all attended universities and colleges out-of-town, but all of us returned to Akron to practice law. An old high school friend Spiros Vasilatos,Jr. joined the law firm in the mid-1980s. I am a family law attorney practicing since 1989. As a law firm, we have a cohesive, cerebral, ethical approach to the practice of law-identify legal problems and solve them! I aspire to represent my clients zealously and attempt to bring civility and professionaiism to the divorce or dissolution process.

My philosophy: Ending a marital relationship will be the hardest experience a spouse will have in a lifetime, especially when children are involved. The ending of a relationship should be mourned, however, the process does not have to descend spiraling down ultimately ending in the destruction of all relationships and bonds between mother, father, and children. Mom and dad may not be wife and husband anymore, but they will always remain mother and father to their children. The family unit, albeit divided, does not have to be destroyed. It is absolutely necessary that parental family bonds survive. You can taper future bitterness at future children's events [graduations, weddings, grandchildren], by how you conduct yourself during the divorce process. 

The 'why' and 'how'?: I view the divorce process as a "new beginning"! After a spouse is involved in a divorce it is natural to be emotionally wounded and bruised. It will take time to get past the emotional trauma -but you will get past this difficult time! Each spouse gives up individual charactersitics to form a matrimonial union, and it can be devastating when the relationship and dreams fail. If a relationship cannot be reconciled, divorce is an opportunity for a spouse to return to an identity they used to have before becoming married. A divorced spouse has the chance to regain the individuality and independence they once had, that they rightfully gave up for marriage. A divorced spouse can go back in time and become the individual they once were the day before they were married. You can become you again! So divorce can have a silver lining -for every end, there is a new beginning!

I try to guide and reinforce a client's new quest for individualism, independence, and self-improvement! Believe it or not, divorce is an opportunity to get better as a person. I tell my clients to have the strength and morality enough to cut off the chain of hate and toxicity toward the other spouse. Hate distorts the personality of the hater. Venting hate toward the other spouse is damaging toward the other spouse, but, it is even more ruinous to the person who hates. The more you hate the other, the more you are thinking of them and not yourself. When one hates the other spouse ,it delays one's own "new beginning". If you continue to hate the other spouse, you begin to do irrational things distorting your own vision. For the spouse who hates, beautiful becomes ugly and ugly becomes beautiful. The true becomes false and the false becomes true. Hate causes a spouse to lose all objectivity. You cannot concentrate on the math of divorce, if you continue to hate the other spouse.  Hate destroys the very structure of the personalty of the hater. By cutting off the cycle of hate toward the other spouse, you begin rebuilding your own self-confidence, self-reliance, individuality and independence. You become emotionally redemptive and rejuvenated! You can start a new life. Future bitterness at life events of your children will taper. You become a better parent to your children! It is time to start a new beginning! When this is discovered you will be able to make an old world new again!

Awards

Distinguished Peer Review Rating
Client's Choice 2019
Client's Choice
2019

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http://www.skidmorelaw.com (330) 253-1550 Toll Free1 855 SKIDLAW http://www.akrondivorcelawfirm.com  Akron family law attorney Eric Skidmore represents clients in divorce and dissolution matters serving Northeast Ohio with offices located in Akron, Ohio.
http://www.skidmorelaw.com (330) 253-1550 Toll Free1 855 SKIDLAW http://www.akrondivorcelawfirm.com  Akron family law attorney Eric Skidmore represents clients in divorce and dissolution matters serving Northeast Ohio with offices located in Akron, Ohio.
http://www.skidmorelaw.com (330) 253-1550 Toll Free1 855 SKIDLAW http://www.akrondivorcelawfirm.com  Akron family law attorney Eric Skidmore represents clients in divorce and dissolution matters serving Northeast Ohio with offices located in Akron, Ohio.
http://www.skidmorelaw.com (330) 253-1550 Toll Free1 855 SKIDLAW http://www.akrondivorcelawfirm.com  Akron family law attorney Eric Skidmore represents clients in divorce and dissolution matters serving Northeast Ohio with offices located in Akron, Ohio.
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Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
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Client's Choice 2019
Client's Choice
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Posted by Fernando | January 23, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Attorney Eric Skidmore
It's a humbling experience to know Mr. Eric Skidmore who represented me in my divorce case. The moment that I first talked to Eric and his father Archie Skidmore,,, I knew that I have made the right decision. Eric is very knowledgeable and is also human who understand my situation. He is easy to work with and very helpful. What impressed me is ,,, he consistently proved himself sharp and well prepared.
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Posted by Tim | January 22, 2019
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Thank You!
I have done business with both Rick & Brian Skidmore for over 30 years. What I really like is the personal attention you get, i:e over 30 years ago I received a DUI in Maple Heights. It was 12:00 AM on a Friday night. I was able to get ahold of Rick, he not only came up and got me out of jail but helped me thru process.
Posted by anonymous | August 11, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
I consider myself very lucky to have found Eric Skidmore
I am extremely grateful that Attorney Eric Skidmore agreed to step in to replace my original divorce counsel. The case had been ongoing several years when it was dropped by Summit County, and my husband then filed for divorce in another state. Eric had plenty of work to do. My husband had secured a divorce very much in his favor outside of Ohio. Eric filed on my behalf in the Ninth District Court of Appeals and fought successfully to allow my divorce case to reopen in Summit County. It was a battle, but after a total of 8.5 years of litigation, Eric secured a much more equitable divorce. He skillfully writes affidavits and is extremely well prepared for court. You will find Eric to be smart, hard working, and compassionate.
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Posted by Mike | February 15, 2021
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Highly Contested Divorce
Eric and the team at Skidmore and Assoc. were wonderful in handling my divorce case. Because of Eric's knowledge and experience, he was able to devise a plan that ultimately led to me retaining custody of my children, while minimizing my spousal support payment amount and term. Eric took great care in representing me in everything my ex-wife through at us, including a CPO, Child Protective Services, and defending my character in the divorce case. You get what you pay for with Eric. I highly recommend his services.
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Posted by MELISSA L GROVE | December 28, 2020
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Attorney Skidmore is sincere, caring and genuinely interested in protecting his clients
I hired Attorney Eric E. Skidmore to handle my unexpected and devastating divorce. Skidmore & Associates in Akron, Ohio is a first and second generation, family-based firm that has a reputation of being highly respected in the Court System and Community. In addition, this is an extraordinary firm that emulates excellence and truly cares about their clients. Attorney Skidmore is sincere, caring and genuinely interested in his clients and works hard to research and incorporate methodical verbiage in agreements to avoid unexpected scenarios to ensure positive results for his clients. He has 30+ years of expertise in sensitive custody cases, spousal and child support, real estate matters in family law, and division of equitable rights in marital assets. He has always been gracious and available to answer questions and concerns while providing me peace of mind and assurance that I am protected 100%. Eric has been instrumental in his commitment to looking out for me and my best interests first and foremost. He checked on me after the tragic loss of my Father due to COVID 19 and provided a comfort I will never forget. I am truly blessed and thankful for all Attorney Skidmore has done for me at this difficult time in my life. I highly recommend Attorney Eric E. Skidmore and his incredible Team.
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Posted by Sharon | January 5, 2020
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Wonderful
Eric and his staff were very efficient and helpful. He always treated our son and us with the utmost respect and kept us informed as to what was happening. We have great respect for Eric and his work ethic.
Posted by Greg | December 26, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Would recommend
Eric was professional and on top of everything from start to finish. He succeeded my expectations and well worth the money. He keeps you informed on every step of the process and returns your calls and emails promptly.
Posted by Pete | December 19, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
He fought the good fight.
I worked with Eric on a power plant deal in Norton, OH about 20 years ago and found Eric very capable and knowledgable on that project which lasted for over three (3) years. While we hadn't been in touch lately, he was the first to come to mind when I was served Divorce papers last March. The reality is that, like most of us who are not Attorneys, I had no idea as to the process, the laws in place or how things would go. I of course foresaw the worse scenario possible and I was fortunate to have Eric there to guide me. Divorce is extremely emotional and while many of us would like to consider ourselves smart enough & mature enough to just split things up and move on without the cost of an Attorney, nothing is further from the truth. Eric is the calm well mannered type who not only guides one through the storm but goes far beyond that by listening & explaining, even when my rants were borderline hysteria. No matter what the topic of the day was, I always felt better & that the world is actually not ending after speaking with Eric. Eric worked with me as much as for me and even when he might not have agreed with a strategy I wanted to pursue, if he could not convince me otherwise, he invoked my strategy. Like all choices, some are better than others but in hinds sight, choosing Eric E. Skidmore to represent me was the absolute best choice I could have made.
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Posted by Shawna | October 17, 2019
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Honorable and Skilled
I feel lucky to have had Skidmore and Assoc. represent me in my divorce case. Because of Eric's knowledge and experience, he was able to naturally take the lead in negotiations. This was extremely beneficial to me. He personally devotes his time and energy to your case to see it through to a conclusion so you get what you pay for. I highly recommend their services.
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Posted by Brian | October 9, 2019
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I appreciate you, sir.
Eric guided me through a tough time in my life and did it with personal care. He took the time to educate me both before and throughout the process as we progressed. I personally recommend retaining the Skidmore legal firm for your needs, divorce or otherwise. Eric is a consummate professional who was honest, discreet, and gave dedicated time to my reasonably difficult case.
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Posted by anonymous | March 6, 2018
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Eric Skidmore's Stellar Legal Service/Divorce Proceedings
I was blessed having Eric Skidmore as my divorce attorney. He is very knowlegable, experienced, and professional, a strong advocate, understanding that divorce is an affair of the heart. During what was an emotional and stressful time in my life, Eric was the voice of reason, patient and calm, using the human touch, which helped to ground me. Eric is a natural born teacher, clearly explaining the legal process in layman's terms. He is very thorough, with strong attention to details, while hoping for the best and preparing for the worst, leaving no stone unturned. He is very kind and personable, a good person, who really cares about his clients. He is holistic in his approach characterized by treating the whole person, recognizing that divorce impacts an individual in every aspect of their life, and what that individual needs as a result. I am very pleased with the outcome of my divorce proceedings. Eric was able to successfully achieve some very important and significant goals in my case. I am so glad that I choose him to be my legal advocate for my divorce proceedings. Eric did a stellar job and I can not thank him enough!
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Posted by anonymous | January 15, 2018
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My Divorce
Eric Skidmore is a very knowledgable and a compassionate man. I recently got divorced and my case was beyond difficult and messy and I was not prepared for what was going on and what was found out. Eric was there every step of the way and always available when I had questions or thoughts. I highly recommend Eric Skidmore, for all your legal needs, for I really do not know what I would have done if I did not find him.
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Posted by anonymous | September 17, 2017
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Divorce
Eric Skidmore Represented me in my recent divorce. The circumstances were pretty unusual and he and his firm did everything they could to get me the best outcome possible. His expertise in Divorce law was outstanding, And he and his staff kept me informed of everything that was going on in the process. I would definately recommend him to anyone looking for a Divorce Attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | April 20, 2016
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Knowledgeable Divorce Counsel
Attorney Skidmore represented me in my divorce case through trial and during my appeal of the case. Attorney Skidmore was a strong support to me through the case and his knowledge of the law and the court were exceptional. At trial, Attorney Skidmore was diligently prepared and developed a strong record in my favor. Although, the trial court did not decide in my favor, It was that record at trial developed by Attorney Skidmore and his strong appellate brief that carried the day with the Appellate Court reversing the trial court.
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Posted by Melissa | April 18, 2016
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Divorce Attorney
Eric Skidmore patiently helped me work through the many legal and financial complications that came with the dissolution of an almost 10 year marriage. Mr. Skidmore was diligent in his pursuit of the best interests of my son and me, advocating for, and receiving custodial control in a very delicate situation. Through his attention to detail and focus on a timely resolution, Mr. Skidmore's expertise in family and divorce law was crucial to a successful outcome in my case. While this process was overwhelming and emotionally exhausting, Mr. Skidmore tirelessly supported me throughout the entire process. Finally, Mr. Skidmore quickly responded to phone calls and messages, and was clear in all communication to let me know exactly what was happening and how we should proceed. I highly recommend Eric Skidmore as an attorney and as a compassionate advocate for the people he serves.
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Posted by anonymous | February 16, 2018
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Grandparents rights
I would recommend Eric again to anyone needing to retain an attorney for Grandparents rights.He was always prompt in returning my calls and listened to my concerns.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Skidmore & Associates
  • 1989 - Present
  • Intern
  • Ohio State Senate
  • 1982 - 1984

Education

  • Ohio Northern University - Claude W. Pettit College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1987
  • Ohio State University, Columbus
  • MA - Masters
  • 1984
  • Mount Union College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1982

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Lecadia Lumbog vs. Fernando Suansing - Ohio Ninth District Court of Appeals
  • Court of Appeals affirmed trial court's decision in favor of client/appellee
  • Sayoc v. Sayoc
  • Reversal and remand in favor of Husband/Father
  • Polacheck v. Polacheck
  • Obtained reversal and remand representing wife appellant.
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Associations

  • Akron Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1989 - Present
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1989 - Present
  • Medina County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2020
  • Ohio Super Lawyers: Family Law
  • Ohio Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Ohio Super Lawyers: Family Law
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Ohio Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • BV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Ohio Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Ohio Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Ohio Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Ohio Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Top Lawyer in Greater Akron
  • Akron Life & Leisure Magazine
  • 2009
  • Ohio Super Lawyer
  • Ohio Super Lawyer
  • 2007
  • Ohio Super Lawyer
  • Ohio Super Lawyer
  • 2006
  • Vision Award
  • Northeast Ohio Chapter of ALS
  • 2005
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Publications

  • Ohio Lawyer
  • Ohio Responds To The Threat of Terrorism
  • 2003
  • Continuing Legal Education Seminar publication
  • Ohio's New Seller Disclosure Law: O.R.C. 5302.30 From A Legal Perspective
  • 1993
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Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (4)
Endorse Eric
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Eric Skidmore and the other attorneys at his firm exemplify the high standards to which all attorneys aspire. Attorney Skidmore is extremely knowledgeable and has vast experience. These attributes combined with his work ethic make Attorney Skidmore the type of attorney clients want to hire."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Co-worker
"Eric is highly competent and qualified to handle any divorce, separation or family law matter. We have practiced together for over 30 years and you will not find a more professional and experienced attorney. Simply the best."
Family Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Co-worker
"Eric is experienced, hard working, and honest and endeavors to achieve the lawful objectives as expeditiously and economically as possible."
Family Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Eric. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 24
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."