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Marshall J. Wolf, Principal

Mr. Wolf’s practice includes all areas of representation of clients in matrimonial disputes as well as determination of parentage, child custody, child support and parenting time involving unmarried couples. Additionally, Mr. Wolf negotiates and prepares prenuptial agreements and provides tax advice related to divorce. His clients range from stay-at-home parents to men and women in business, professions, entertainment and athletics. Mr. Wolf practices in the Courts of Cuyahoga, Lake, Geauga, Trumbull, Mahoning, Summit, Lorain and Medina Counties of Ohio, as well as the Courts of Appeals and Supreme Court of Ohio.

Long recognized as a national leader in family law, Marshall J. Wolf is president and founding principal of the firm. Mr. Wolf was admitted to practice before the Courts of Ohio in 1967, the U.S. District Court in 1969 and the Supreme Court of the United States in 2008. His sole area of practice is family law. Mr. Wolf created family law practices in two law firms prior to Wolf and Akers.

Mr. Wolf is an honors graduate of Miami University (1964) where he was a Fellow of the Department of Government. Following graduation from Case Western Reserve School of Law (1967), he served as a staff attorney and law clerk to the judges of the Common Pleas Court of Cuyahoga County. In 1969, he joined the firm of Metzenbaum, Gaines, Finley and Stern, eventually becoming a principal in the firm and directing the family law practice unit. From 1981 until the formation of Wolf and Akers, Mr. Wolf was founding director in the firm of Schwarzwald, Robiner, Wolf and Rock, LPA, where he led the family law practice unit.

Mr. Wolf is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, having been the first President of the Ohio Chapter. He was an original Charter Fellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and was elected by his peers as Chair of the Family Law Section of the American Bar Association (1992-93), Chair-Elect, Vice Chair and Secretary. Mr. Wolf is currently serving his third multi-year term representing the Family Law Section in the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association, and he is a lifetime Ex Officio member of the governing Council of the Family Law Section.

Appearances, bar association activities and memberships in professional organizations:

  • Testimony on Family Law Issues before three committees of the United States House of Representatives
  • Testimony on Family Law Issues before the Judiciary Committee of the United States Senate
  • Testimony on Family Law Issues before the Ohio General Assembly and Ohio Senate
  • Appearances before seven Districts of the Ohio Court of Appeals
  • Appearances in fifteen Common Pleas Courts of Ohio
  • Additional American Bar Association activities
  • Past member of the First Publications Development Board of the Family Law Section
  • Faculty member, ABA / University of Houston and University of Denver Family Law Trial Advocacy Institutes
  • Commissioner, ABA Commission on Youth at Risk
  • Chief U.S. Delegate, First World Congress on Family Law and Rights of Children, Sydney, Australia
  • Ohio Academy of Trial lawyers
  • Past Chair, Family Law Committee
  • Recipient, Distinguished Service Award
  • Cuyahoga County Bar Association Family Law Committee, Chair (1981 – 1982 and 1983 – 1984)
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation

Lectures and seminars on domestic relations, evidence, civil procedure and legal ethics:

  • Keynote Address, First World Congress on Family Law and Rights of Children, Sydney, Australia
  • American Bar Association annual convention, national and regional seminars
  • Academy of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Cuyahoga County Bar Association
  • Practice and Procedure Clinics, Cleveland Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas Advanced Family Law Course
  • Professional Education Systems Inc.
  • Law Education Institute
  • Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association
  • Canton Bar Association
  • Columbus Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Norman Minor Law Club

Publications

  • The Family Advocate, ABA Family Law Section
  • Co-authored two articles on bibliotherapy for children of divorce
  • Co-authored article on disqualification of attorney under Code of Professional Responsibility
  • Ohio Correspondent, Fairshare
  • Ohio Lawyer, co-author: “A Patch of Thorns: Valuation of Law Firms in Divorce Cases,” Vol. 15, No. 1 (2001)

Designations

  • Best Lawyers in America, 1983-2002 1
  • “Best Lawyers in U. S.,” Part I, Town & Country Magazine, May 1985
  • “Best Divorce Lawyers in U. S.,” National Law Journal, 1987
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell, 1993 – 2009 1
  • “Ohio Super Lawyers,” Law and Politics and Cincinnati Magazine, 2006 – 2010 1

1Criteria for designation is found at the following Web sites:

Best Lawyers in America:
http://www.bestlawyers.com/aboutus/selectionprocess.aspx

Bar Registry of Preeminent Lawyers: http://www.martindale.com/xp/legal/About_Martindale/Products_and_Services/Peer_Review_Ratings/ratings.xm

“Ohio Super Lawyers”:
http://www.superlawyers.com/about/selection_process.html

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