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Denise K Houston

Family Attorney at Canton, OH

4.1   9 reviews
  • Licensed for 28 years
    State OH
    Acquired 1995
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Location

Tzangas Plakas Mannos & Raies, Ltd.
220 Market Avenue South Floor 8
Canton, OH, 44702-2185
Tzangas, Plakas, Mannos & Raies, Ltd.
2500 First National Tower
106 South Main Street
Akron, OH, 44308
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Posted by Carol | November 5, 2014
Recent case
Denise aggressively and assertively helped us win our case at our first hearing. She is a true professional who seeks all of the facts and brings them forward. She makes others pay attention with her thoroughness and preparedness. There is no doubt in our minds that she is the one who made the difference. She leaves no room for missing evidence. She uncovers it and brings it forward in a very professional manner. We know we had the best person on this case.
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Posted by Michael | January 16, 2014
STRENGTH OF CHARACTER
Upon reviewing dozens of attorneys and seeing her length of same job performance and her accomplishments , I had to speak with her to find that special tone and command of respect that should be present when, wanting someone with strong confidence but still polite and professional. I needed to know she would stand her ground without apologizing for it, for instance. During a conversation with MS. Houston, I noticed our signal from my phone or hers had gone out for a few seconds and while speaking to her I accidentally spoke while being spoke to but she did not notice the failed signal and when I heard it come back she said, and I quote " Mr. xxxxx I cannot let you know what you ask, if you keep talking over me, so please listen to what I am saying to you" end quote. Now that tells me that she will not take any disrespect and commands it with firm acknowledgment and that is what I feel is needed in a court of law to win a case. Of course intelligence goes with that and I believe she has that. I know she will take command in court and will be feared by other lawyers with intimidation. I did not mention the problem with the phone signal because she proved to me that she is what my wife and I were looking for to ensure our confidence in her that, our Grand-Daughter will have the best possible chance of a better life and at 11 months old (as of this letter) her safety and well being are a great concern to my wife and I. My daughter has openly admitted she can't raise her for a few years or more and the father is mentally unfit due to he was born with problems, but her safety is in question and I know MS. Houston can make the case. She really does let you know where you stand and is very clear as long as you have given her all she asks of you and the truth is open. I do believe she is a very smart woman who can look you in the eyes and not guess her answers. I feel she will go in to the court and be more prepared than the other attorney and run over anyone if needed with the ability to do so. There are not many people I will let me feel as though, I am under their thumb but she has done that in a good positive way, that ensures me I will get, the best intelligent professional to stand up for my Grand-Daughter.
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Posted by anonymous | September 8, 2013
Highly recommend
Divorce is a painful process. What a client wants is straight talk and no sugar-coating and beating-around-the-bush. You'll get that here. There are times she's hard to reach because she might be in trial or working with another client, but didn't I like having her full attention when she was in meetings, negotiations, or in court with me? My experience makes it laughable to me that someone would accuse Denise of not giving her full attention their case. This was not my experience at all nor anyone else I've met that has worked with her.
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Posted by Dana | October 2, 2012
Divorce Success
I hired Ms. Houston to handle my divorce. She is an extremely hard working attorney who always had my best interest in mind while keeping me informed as to the reality of the situation. She always responded to my emails and phone calls in a timely manner and was able to provide me with the information that I needed. I was able to concentrate on other areas of my life because I had the utmost confidence in her abilities as my attorney. Ms. Houston is dependable, trustworthy, and knowledgable.
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Posted by Debbie | September 28, 2012
Amazing!
I recommend Denise to anyone inquiring about an attorney. Denise was there when I had to file for a divorce against my husband who left the country. My case was not on ordinary terms and Denise worked very hard for the children and I to make sure that we would be taken care of throughout the years. To this day I call and ask advice whenever something comes up and if she does not have the answer she goes and finds the answer. Denise cares very deeply for each and every client. We become her family.
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Posted by anonymous | May 24, 2012
Excellent Family Law Attorney
I have worked both for and against Ms. Houston on a variety of cases in various expert testimony roles. She is always very well prepared and services his clients at a very high level.
Posted by anonymous | October 26, 2009
Family Law/ Custody
Denise was excellent in handling our custody case. She IS very knowledgeble and very professional! I would as a professional highly reccomend her!
Posted by anonymous | July 15, 2013
Use Denise if You Want to Be Belittled
She is arrogant, impatient, and always seemed annoyed by me. She mocked me, ME, her client in front of the other side. She cost me money by making long-drawn out mistakes. She would not answer my calls or my moderate amount of emails. She did not prepare me thoroughly. When we were waiting for someone once in a courtroom lobby, I remember feeling totally unprepared for what was about to happen next, and turned to her to ask her if we could at least use these free moments to prepare, and found her texting away on her phone. One quick glance at the text showed me it was about vacation plans. I consulted a lawyer friend to ask if this was normal behavior that I should expect from an attorney. He was shocked at my descriptions of what was going on. I would not recommend her to anyone.
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Posted by anonymous | September 8, 2009
Not knowledgeable of county laws!
We wasted numerous months on a custody case and thousands of dollars going to court twice only to find out that we had to do mediation before anything else could happen. She reassured us that we had a good case until right before the hearing and over $5,000 later she told us the judge we had would go in favor of the mother because that is how she is! At a meeting, she spent 10-15 minutes discussing politics with the other attorney and billed me for it! I was not happy with her representation. I felt that she was clearly in it for the money!
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AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Tzangas, Plakas, Mannos & Raies, Ltd.
  • 2007 - Present
  • Associate
  • Tzangas, Plakas, Mannos & Raies, Ltd.
  • 1996 - 2006

Education

  • University of Akron School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1995
  • DePauw University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1991

Associations

  • Stark County Bar Association, Disputed Fee Committee
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Women's Initiative Network
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Akron Bar Association
  • Member of Family Law Subcommittee
  • 2003 - Present
  • Stark County Bar Association
  • Member of the Family Law Subcommittee
  • 2000 - Present
  • Akron Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • Ohio Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • Stark County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • Ohio Association for Justice
  • President
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Ohio Association for Justice
  • President-Elect
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Women's Initiative Network
  • Special Events Chair
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Ohio Association for Justice
  • Vice President
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Women's Initiative Network
  • Vice President
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Ohio Association for Justice
  • Secretary
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Women's Initiative Network
  • President
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Women's Initiative Network
  • Vice President
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Ohio Association for Justice
  • Family Law Section Chair
  • 2006 - 2008
  • Ohio Association for Justice
  • Women's Caucus Chair
  • 2006 - 2008
  • Women's Initiative Network
  • Secretary
  • 2005 - 2006
  • Ohio Association for Justice
  • Executive Committee Member
  • 2004 - 2007
  • Ohio Association for Justice
  • Trustee
  • 2003 - 2006
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Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Ohio Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • Rising Star
  • 2007

Publications

  • Ohio Trial (Ohio Association for Justice) Winter Convention materials
  • Facebook - A Divorce Attorney's Best Friend
  • 2012
  • Ohio Acadamy of Trial Lawyers Convention Materials
  • Hazing: A Rite of Passage or a Right to Kill?
  • 2007
  • Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers Family Law Seminar Materials
  • Case Law and Legislative Update
  • 2007
  • Senate Bill 80 Seminar Materials
  • Punative Damages Under Senate Bill 80
  • 2006
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Speaking Engagements

  • Ohio Association for Justice Winter Convention
  • Facebook - A Divorce Attorney's Best Friend
  • 2012
  • Family Law Subcommittee Luncheon
  • Practitioner's Point of View on using The OurFamilyWizzard Website
  • 2009
  • Annual Family Law Seminar
  • Should I Stay or Should I Go Now: Litigating the Relocation Issue
  • 2008
  • 2008 Annual Convention
  • Should I Stay or Should I Go Now: Litigating the Relocation Issue
  • 2008
  • WIN Luncheon
  • Children's Freedom of Medical Choice
  • 2007
  • 2007 Annual Convention
  • Hazing: A Rite of Passage or a Right to Kill?
  • 2007
  • WIN Luncheon
  • Raising Your Children's Children: The New Retirement
  • 2006
  • Tort Reform Seminar
  • Puntative Damages Under Senate Bill 80
  • 2006
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (1)
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Child custody Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I am a family law attorney in the state of Illinois and was involved in a child custody dispute involving the state of IL and OH. The goal was to bring a child back to IL, the proper jurisdiction, from OH, where the mother was using the OH legal system to manipulate the situation and to try and block the return of the child. I interviewed a few attorneys in OH and chose Denise to work with on this matter. Denise took control of the OH case while I was handling things in IL. Ultimately, through our efforts, the OH case was dismissed and the child returned to IL. She knows her way around the family law courts and I would recommend her to litigants seeking an aggressive, knowledgable and competent attorney."
Family Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Denise Houston is a spectacular lawyer and a true advocate in the courtroom. I have had the pleasure of knowing Denise for several years and am impressed with her commitment to her clients and her experience and passion in the courtroom. I would highly recommend Denise Houston."
Family Attorney | Oct 20
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Denise is a hard working, smart lawyer."
Family Attorney | Nov 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Denise is outstanding. She is well known and well respected in the community, not only for her legal skills, but also her determination to make positive change for Ohioans."

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Canton Family Lawyer Denise K Houston
Denise K Houston
Family Attorney
Canton, OH
Licensed for 28 years