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Joseph "Joe" Lanter
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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, small business representation, and assisting families and individuals with estate planning.
Joe has established a strong reputation as a strong litigator and advocate in the Domestic Relations and Juvenile Courts in northeast Ohio. Having served as co-Chair of the Family Law Section and graduate of the Leadership Academy of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Joe has been recognzied by his peers as a leader and strong voice among fellow practitioners.
Whether it be a hotly 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. He has experience representing clients with substantial assets and high net worth and also working with the Ohio Domestic Violence Network to assist low-income survivors of domestic violence with a variety of family law 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 and Lorain 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.
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14805 Detroit Ave., Suite 310
Lakewood, OH 44107
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