Over more than 15 years of practice, Attorney Joe Lanter has developed a strong reputation across two states for being a skilled and passionate advocate. Joe is focused on providing clients zealous 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, domestic violence, child abuse, drug trafficking and manufacturing, drunk-driving, and hundreds of others. 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 has significant experience in criminal law and routinely uses that experience to assist clients with Domestic Violence Civil Protection Matters.
Whether it be a contested, high-conflict court proceeding or the pursuit of a comprehensive out-of-court settlement, Joe recognizes that Family Law is nuanced and realizes that no two families are the same. To that end, he believes that in order to solve problems, he must get to know his clients and represent 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.
Additionally, Joe serves as a Guardian ad Litem in both Cuyahoga and Lorain County. As a GAL, Joe represents the best interests of children in divorce, post-decree, custody, abuse/dependency/neglect, and domestic violence matters.
While at the University of Missouri School of Law, Joe was honored with his selection to the Order of the Barrister and was the recipient of the Thomas E. Deacy, Jr. Prize in Advocacy.