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Todd Bruce Kotler

Education Attorney at Canton, OH

5.0   22 reviews
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State OH
    Acquired 1999
    Active No misconduct found

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About Todd

Learn Todd’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    Under Ohio law. For example, you have a right to an equitable distribution of marital property and debts. I can help you understand your rights and arrive at a solution that permits you and your former romantic partner to move on.

    24 years

  2. Education
    Nearly a decade of experience in education law, including special education, IDEA/Sec. 504, harassment, bullying, discipline, post-secondary school transition, guardianships, and more.

    15 years

  3. DUI and DWI
    Nearly two decades of experience in criminal and traffic law. Attorney Kotler has attended significant hours of continuing education of the defense of those accused of impaired operation of vehicles.

    23 years

  4. Child custody
    Since 1999 I have labored to establish parenting-time schedules that work. Relocating and long-distance parenting plans. I resolve high-conflict situations, protective orders, and deal with parental alienation.

    24 years

  5. Child support
    In Ohio, child support is based on a number of factors, including your gross income and the number of children you support. The amount of time your child stays with you may also impact the child support. We help calculate and propose fair support.

    24 years

  6. Real estate
    Commercial and industrial development Condominium development or conversion Construction contracts, Joint ventures, Lease negotiation and preparation, Loan workouts and foreclosures, Office buildings, Partnerships, Sale and purchase contracts

    10 years

  7. Oil and gas
    Representation of oil and gas producers, landowner groups and individual landowners including negotiation of leases, pipeline rights-of-way, water purchase agreements, negotiating lease disputes and working client's financial and estate plans.

    10 years

I am a Martindale-Hubbell, Peer Reviewed attorney and among a handful of Ohio Attorneys who practice special education law. My focus in this area is on the parents of special needs children. I aid them in ensuring that these children receive the free and appropriate public education (FAPE) that each child is guaranteed under state and federal law.

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Arnold, Gruber & Haren, Ltd.
4580 Stephen Circle, Suite 100
Address (line 2)
Canton, OH, 44718
McKinley Title Agency
2732 Fulton Dr NW
Canton, OH, 44718
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  22 customer reviews
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Posted by Kevin | June 29, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thorough and knowledgeable
Todd was in my corner the whole way through our very high-conflict divorce. He was not afraid to tell me when I was overstepping and sincerely had my kids' best interest in mind.
Posted by Mark | August 16, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Todd is extremely knowledgeable and has extensive experience in the business. He took the time to explain the options I had. Whichever way I decided he was there through every step. I truly feel Todd had our best interests in mind. I will always recommend Todd.
Response from Todd Kotler August 16, 2021
Thank you sir. I appreciate the kind words.
Posted by David | July 20, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
I have had many opportunities to speak with Todd on both a personal and professional level and have found that Todd has a vast knowledge of the law and conducts himself with a strong character and professionalism. I find that he values each person as an individual
Posted by Christine | June 3, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
I had a legal issue that needed handled for the past 10 years and I was dreading having to deal with it. Attorney Todd Kotler came in and saved the day! He was professional and concise as to what needed to be done and he handled the situation effortlessly and QUICKLY for me at a very reasonable cost! Could NOT ask for more! I highly recommend him!
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Response from Todd Kotler July 21, 2021
Well, it was effortless for you . . . ;-)
Posted by Stacey | March 2, 2021
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| Consulted Attorney
Mr Kotler understood our situation and gave us sincere advice and guidance. It was much appreciated
Posted by Steve | February 26, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great with Communication, Experience, and Expert Knowledge
I've come to appreciate the great communication, experience, and knowledge Todd Kotler has brought to the table. Would highly recommend to anyone needing his services.
Posted by anonymous | December 23, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional Attorney
Attorney Todd has done an excellent job on our case. My husband have a second mortgage that he never applied or received the money. Attorney Todd very knowledgeable and friendly,I’m glad we hired him and his team. Yes we won the case!!!
Posted by anonymous | March 29, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
custody battle
this man is a great lawyer. Great advice, and great services. I pray he will be with the business for a lot more years to come. Mr. Kotler, don't leave. thank you for your honest answers and great advice. I will be returning to you sir.
Posted by Romy | November 22, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly professional and a true gem
Todd was very professional. He answered all of our questions and concerns immediately and gave us all the scenarios and outcomes. He was very knowledgeable and was able to secure a successful outcome with ease and communication. I would hire him again and would recommend him to all my family and friends. He took the stress and anxiety out of the whole equation.
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Posted by Justin | September 24, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Very experienced and compassionate with divorce law
Todd and his office team were very knowledgeable with family divorce law. They were able to answer all my questions promptly and efficiently even though my situation seemed hopeless. They suggested methods of reducing my overall costs, were compassionate, and available to help me in a very emotional time. I would highly recommend Todd and his team to anyone looking for divorce or family law.
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Posted by Sharon | May 11, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Hire this guy
Todd listened thoroughly to my story and concerns. He readily addressed my fear of having hearings in from of the judge. He made sure to explain things so I understood. He answered all my emails extremely fast, no matter what day of the week, business hours or not. I retained him for 2 cases happening simultaneously & would hire him again. A friend referred me to Todd to handle OVI - I'm very happy I called him! At times Todd has a quirky sense of humor - love it!
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Response from Todd Kotler May 13, 2019
Thank you so much - I appreciate the feedback.
Posted by Josh | May 23, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Divorce Attorney
I had no idea what to expect going into my divorce, but from the first time I met Todd he was wonderful. He listened to my concerns and gave me helpful feedback and a strategy every step of the way. He goes above and beyond to respond to any questions or issues via email or phone night, day and weekends to keep you updated on your situation. I would highly recommend Todd to friends and family if they are ever in need of a Divorce lawyer!
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Posted by Chris | May 20, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Education issues? Todd has your back!
Our son has Aspergers and the school district refused to follow or work within the guidelines of his IEP. They tried to punish his disability out of him. Todd was able to not only help our son, but in the process clear up a bunch of issues other students with disabilities had in the district. I would recommend him to anyone.
Response from Todd Kotler May 23, 2016
Thank you for your kind words. Getting good results is the most gratifying part of what we do.
Posted by April | March 2, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney!
A Family member had recommended Mr. Kotler to us and we are so grateful that he did! Todd has done an excellent job in our case and we will continue to go to him for years to come. When we would get really stressed out from what was happening in our case, we would email Todd, even on the weekends, and he would work quickly to put us at ease. Word of mouth is often the best way to find what your looking for and we've recommended Todd to others needing a good Attorney. He is knowledgeable, trustworthy, witty and kind and knows how to treat his clients!
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Posted by Shantay | June 1, 2015
Very Satisfied
Mr. Kotler was very knowledgeable and helped me fast. I'm very pleased with the results. I would recommend anyone that needs a trustworthy attorney to contact Mr. Kotler.
Response from Todd Kotler June 10, 2015
Why thank you Madam!
Posted by anonymous | November 26, 2014
Very Knowledgeable and Conscientious-Works for You!
Attorney Todd Kotler is a very knowledgeable and conscientious attorney who delves into the intricacies of a case and considers these details thoughtfully. He then offers effective strategies and responses and stays involved with additional information as he locates answers in his research. I recommend him for anyone dealing with educational law issues, especially those interested in an attorney that will mediate the situation effectively rather than inviting an adversarial environment that can be damaging to a case or relationship between parents and school personnel. The only minor fuss I had was that this attorney will email and will ask you to call initially rather than reaching out to you via phone call. I first was concerned about his dedication or interest level and almost didn't call yet he impressed me after our phone conversation, which involved a thorough consultation even on the weekend!
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Posted by anonymous | October 13, 2014
Excellent, Trustworthy, Dedicated
Mr Kotler worked tirelessly on my high conflict divorce and custody case. He was diligent and remained on the high road when if was very difficult to do so because of the tactics of opposing counsel. I am glad I hired Mr Kotler and trust him with the his professionalism, made sure I could sleep at night. He is an excellent, witty and trustworthy lawyer who deserves the superb rating.
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Posted by Rachel | March 4, 2013
Todd Kotler is amazing
Todd Kotler is amazing. With just a consultation, he steered me in the right direction with a Domestic Relations situation I'm currently going through. I'm a fan--glad to know him!
Posted by David | November 3, 2010
Highly Recommended
I was introduced to Todd through a mutual friend to help me with a financial lawsuit I was determined to file. Todd moved quickly to gather all of the information from me in a interview process that seemed to last forever. He spent a considerable time in this process asking me questions that in some cases I believed to be irrelevant. However, I also sensed there was a method behind the madness. The questions I had for him were answered satisfactory and the questions he couldn't answer for me immediately were provided to me the next day. All of this was very impressive. Todd then kept me updated from his research on my case as we moved forward to our court date. The reason I marked him as good and not excellent on keeping me informed, is that Todd seemed to have taken ownership of my case and handled some on the minor details that I wasn't always told about right away. I looked as this as a positive as I don't need my attorney calling me for every little aspect of the trial.....just get me the results and don't rack up my hours. So in that sense I was fine with the communication. If you are the type of client that needs your hand held throughout the process, maybe Todd isn't your guy. I find those types of Attorney's as ones that are preparing you for a bad outcome anyways. As we moved forward with the proceedings it was clear to the Court that Todd was prepared and I was very satisfied. I believe the success that Todd has had is in direct correlation to his first interview he put me through. The interview that I thought was too long and had too many questions. However it was those details that won my case. As a self employed business man, I have dealt with the courts more than I would like, however it is the nature of my business. I believe that an Attorney/Client relationship has be be based on the individuals involved. Certain Attorneys may not be right for certain individuals and visa versa. I have a great deal of trust and confidence in Todd. I would suggest that if you need an Attorney, speak with Todd and make you own determination of the qualities I have mentioned. It is my hope that I never need an Attorney again, however if I do Todd will be the first one I call.
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Posted by Jan | November 3, 2010
Excellence in Law
Todd Kotler is a trustworthy and conciencious lawyer that I trust with my life. I am not a person that trusts lawyers or would recommend them but Mr. Kotler is one that earns your trusts and deserves your trust. He has been my lawyer for seven years and I will continue to use his services.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 150-400 per hour
  • Contingency 33%-45%
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Arnold, Gruber, Haren, Ltd.
  • 2014 - Present
  • Senior Lecturer
  • University of Akron
  • 2007 - Present
  • Guardian Ad Litem
  • Counties of Summit and Stark Ohio
  • 2000 - Present
  • Adjunct Instructor
  • Brown Mackie College - Stark
  • 2005 - 2007
  • Staff Attorney
  • Medina County Public Defender Office
  • 2004 - 2005
  • Partner
  • Amourgis & Kotler
  • 2001 - 2003
  • Owner
  • Attorney, Todd B. Kotler
  • 1999 - 2014
  • Law Clerk
  • Teodosio, Manos and Ward
  • 1998 - 1999
  • Law Clerk
  • Whitaker and Rowlands
  • 1998 - 1999
  • Law Clerk - Intern
  • City of Akron
  • 1994 - 1998
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  • University of Akron School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1998
  • Bradley University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1992

Legal Cases

  • Gnizak v. Duhaime
  • Procured equal parenting rights
  • Limberg v. Burlington Financial Group
  • Settlement - confidential
  • Guzzetta v. Guzzetta
  • client victory - case dismissed on motion for directed verdict
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  • Ohio State Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution Commitee
  • Secretary
  • 2021 - Present
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Family Law Committee
  • Attorney Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Stark County Bar Association, Family Law Committee
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Stark County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Education Law Committe
  • Attorney Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Green Chamber of Commerce
  • Board of DIrectors member 2020 - Present (Treasurer 2021-2022)
  • 2014 - Present
  • Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • Unit Comissioner
  • 2010 - Present
  • Ohio State Bar Association,
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Juvenile Law Committee
  • Chair (2021-2023)
  • 2021 - 2023
  • Delta Tau Delta Fraternity, International Arch Chair Standing Committee on Corporate Governance
  • Member
  • 2018 - 2022
  • AmSpirt Business Connections
  • President
  • 2015 - 2017
  • Akron Area YMCA
  • Advocacy Committee
  • 2011 - 2013
  • YMCA Camp Y-Noah
  • Program Committee Chair
  • 2008 - 2013
  • YMCA Camp Y-Noah
  • Advisory Board
  • 2007 - 2014
  • Akron Bar Association, Law and Technology Comittee
  • Chairman
  • 2000 - 2001
  • Akron Bar Association, Fee Arbitration Committee
  • Vice Chair
  • 2000 - 2001
  • Akron Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 1999 - 2003
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • First Place Speech Contest
  • Toastmasters Intl. - Area 14
  • 2002
  • Abramson Scholarship
  • University of Akron
  • 1998


  • Basics of Special Education Law - Handout
  • Basics of Special Education Law
  • 2015
  • National Business Institute Seminar Course Book
  • Legal Ethics: Tips for Everyday Practice
  • 2015
  • National Business Institute Seminar Course Book - School Safety Law
  • Safety Disclosures and State and Federal Record Keeping Laws
  • 2014
  • National Business Institute Seminar Course Book
  • Establishing the Framework of Special Education Law
  • 2013
  • National Business Institute Seminar Course Book - Special Education Law
  • 2013
  • Akron Bar Association, Examiner
  • E-Commerce; The Tidal Wave of Change
  • 2000
  • Akron Bar Association, Website
  • Authored Disclaimer
  • 2000
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Speaking Engagements

  • Juvenile Law - Live Interactive Webinar
  • Dependency, Neglect and Abuse Roundtable
  • 2022
  • Monthly CLE
  • ABCs of 504s and IEPs
  • 2021
  • Canton Regional CC Jackson Network
  • Estate Planning for the Zombie Apocalypse
  • 2016
  • Am Spirit - membership meeting.
  • 10 Things to Know About Special Education and Your Child
  • 2015
  • Basics of Special Education Law
  • Basics of Special Education Law
  • 2015
  • Autism Summit and Workshop
  • Notes from the Special Education Battlefield
  • 2010
  • Law and Technology Seminar
  • Personal Jurisdictional and R.C. Chapter 1306, the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act.
  • 2000
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (38)
Endorse Todd
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Todd is clever, diligent, and has great attention to detail. Not only is he a fantastic advocate, but he also has a great understanding of how to get cases resolved. I recommend his services."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Kotler is very knowledgeable in his areas of practice, including divorce and child custody/child support. He does what is best for the client and helps them navigate the nuances that these issues present."
Unknown Attorney | May 24
Relationship: Co-worker
"Atty. Kotler is a great lawyer who is passionate about providing the best possible legal service to his clients. Whether you have a case or not, he will tell it to you straight and make sure you are informed about the options you have. Plus he has a heck of a sense of humor, and a deep knowledge of music - give him a call and find out more!"
Family Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Todd is an outstanding attorney who is well-respected by the courts as well as his fellow attorneys."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Education Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Capable lawyer with a noble purpose in serving special needs kids and their parents. Highest endorsement."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | Dec 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Education Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Knowledgeable, experienced and dedicated education attorney."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Kotler is a hard working, compassionate and client oriented advocate. I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Excellent attorney. Mr. Kotler continues to provide valuable advice on Avvo each time that he responds to a question. Although I have been licensed and practicing for 24 years, including time spent as a judge and magistrate, I continually learn from his answers about different aspects of the law. I would recommend him to everyone."
Education Attorney | Jul 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | Jul 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Kotler continues to contribute his time and insights to users of this sight. He would make an excellent choice for a family law attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Other
"I have used Todd Kotler's services on two different occasions, once for a criminal case, and once to facilitate a settlement in a civil case. He did an excellent job on both. I highly recommend him. He has a great work ethic, and genuinely cares about his clients. He is also well connected in the NE Ohio area, and has a great reputation, which I believe is important."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Kotler is extremely knowledgeable and gives veryinsitefull opinions for all of his responses to inquiries on Avvo. I sincerely believe that Mr. Kotler would demonstrate the same level of dedication to his clients. I would recommend him without hesitation in several different areas of law."
Education Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer.Good lawyer who is fulfilling a serious and important need for people in the area of special education law. We could use more like him."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Kotler is highly regarded by his peers and receives rave reviews from his clients. i endorse him without hesitation and would gladly refer clients, friends and family to him."
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