Expertise born from experience

Preferred pronouns:  He/Him/His


Since 2005, Attorney Joe Lanter has developed a strong reputation across two states for being a skilled and passionate advocate.  Joe is focused on providing clients strong representation in a variety of Family Law matters, including divorce, dissolution, child custody disputes, support modification and enforcement, antenuptial / prenuptial agreements, and creating Separation Agreements and Shared Parenting Plans.  Beginning his career as a county prosecutor in Missouri, Joe vigorously sought convictions for crimes such as homicide, felony assault, drug trafficking and manufacturing, drunk-driving, domestic violence, and hundreds of others over more than 5 years. After relocating to Northeast Ohio with his wife and children, Joe transitioned into private practice, where his commitment to professional excellence has continued. While Joe's main practice area is the broad spectrum of Family Law, he also continues to provide his clients top-level representation in limited criminal cases with a special focus on OVI/DUI Defense.


Recently, Joe has expanded his practice to include estate planning.  If you are in need of a will, living will, powers of attorney, or other estate planning documents, Joe can help you navigate through this difficult and stressful experience. 


Whether it be a contested, high-conflict court proceeding or the pursuit of an out-of-court settlement, Joe recognizes that the practice of law is nuanced and realizes that no two clients are the same. To that end, he believes that in order to solve problems, he must endeavor to get to know his clients and their very specific needs.


Joe has identified specific attention to the representation of Same-Sex Couples and Non-Traditional Families with their Family Law needs, including same-sex divorce and dissolution. Joe has experience with litigating contested custody actions as well as drafting Shared Custody and Separation Agreements for same-gender couples. 


Additionally, Joe serves as a Guardian ad Litem in domestic relations cases in Cuyahoga County.  As a GAL, Joe represents the best interests of children in divorce, post-decree, and domestic violence matters.



After graduating with honors from both Saint Louis University and Colorado State University, Joe continued his academic excellence in law school at the University of Missouri School of Law.  Shortly before his graduation from law school, Joe was honored with his selection to the Order of the Barrister, a National Honor Society,  and was the recipient of the Thomas E. Deacy, Jr. Prize in Advocacy.



  • Saint Louis University, B.A., International Studies/Spanish
  • Colorado State University, M.S., Student Affairs in Higher Education
  • University of Missouri School of Law , Juris Doctor

Professional Associations

  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
    • Co-Chair, Family Law Section (2017-2018)
    • Member, Solo & Small Firm Section
    • CMBA Leadership Academy, Class of 2019
  • West Shore Bar Association


  • Preparing for the Freedom to Marry, LGBT Community Center of Cleveland, (June 2015)
  • Hot Topics:  LGBTQ Legal Issues, CMBA "Let's Talk About Small & Solo Practice) (June 2017)
  • Hot Topics:  Unbundled Legal Services, CMBA "Let's Talk About Small & Solo Practice) (June 2017)
  • Unbundled Legal Services, CMBA "Professional Conduct 2018: Super Scary Edition) (October, 2018)
  • Managing the Domestic Relations Case, Gilbride & Company (November 2018)
  • Family Law Basics, Scranton Road Legal Clinic (December 2018)

Contact Us

Lanter Legal, LLC

14805 Detroit Ave., Suite 310

Lakewood, OH  44107


Phone:  216-236-1226

Fax:  216-236-1215





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