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Cara L. Santosuosso is recognized as a leading litigator, accomplished practitioner, and skilled negotiator in the area of family law. In addition to her skill in the courtroom, Cara is certified as a mediator, and trained as a collaborative law attorney and parenting coordinator. Cara has spent most of her legal career ensuring the protection of children, and fighting for the legal rights of children, parents and litigants in many courts and all stages of the litigation process, from initial filing through appeal. Her extensive experience gives her a unique understanding of her clients’ wishes and obligations, allowing her to successfully seek creative and cost-effective resolutions in her cases.
In addition, Cara’s experience as a civil and criminal litigator allows us to offer our clients well-rounded and comprehensive legal services.
Cara is a native of Cleveland’s west side, and is a proud graduate of John Carroll University and the Cleveland Marshall College of Law. A classically trained pianist and soprano, in her spare time she pursues her passions for music and theater. She also volunteers in several community organizations, and keeps busy with her husband and two young daughters.
Cara is admitted to practice in all courts in the State of Ohio, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio and the federal Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Areas of Practice
Child Custody & Visitation
Contested Child Custody
Marital Property Division
Employment LawNegotiation of severance agreements
Litigation of claims for harassment and wrongful discharge as a result of:Breach of Contract
Retaliation – Whistleblower and Workers’ Compensation claims
Family Medical Leave Act
National Origin Discrimination
State of Ohio, November 1998
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 1999
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 2006
Laubacher & Co., Rocky River, OH
Principal, 2008 – present
Rotatori, Bender, Gragel, Stoper & Alexander Co., L.PA., Cleveland, OH
Associate Attorney, 2005 – 2008
State of Ohio, Eighth District Court of Appeals, Cleveland, OH
Judicial Attorney, 2003 – 2005
Office of the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor, Cleveland, OH
Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Children and Family Services Unit, 1999 – 2003
Goldberg & O’Shea and The Roberts Law Firm, Cleveland, OH
Of Counsel, 1998 – 1999
Cleveland Marshall College of Law, Cleveland, OH
Juris Doctor, 1998
John Carroll University, University Hts., OH
Bachelor of Arts in English, 1995 (Magna Cum Laude
Memberships and Community Involvment
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
Ohio State Bar Association
Ohio Women’s Bar Association
Justinian Forum (Society of Italian-American Legal Professionals)
Past Member, Magnificat High School Alumnae Board
These professionals can help you and your spouse choose a guided, proven and court-approved method for ending your marriage and settling parenting issues. Aside from lowering costs, a non-litigation approach is more likely to produce a more livable future for you and your separated family.