Phone: 216.736.7201 Fax: 216.621.6536 Connect: LinkedIn

Overview

Jim brings nearly 20 years of experience to his work in domestic relations and family law, serving hundreds of families on matters such as divorce, child custody, dissolution, alimony and child support issues, juvenile court proceedings for unwed parents, prenuptial agreements and adoptions.

Jim’s work often involves complex cases marked by high conflict and emotion, so he is valued by his clients for his empathy, listening skills and his ability to help them clearly understand the process. Whenever possible, he pursues amicable resolution out of court, but Jim also is known as a fierce and dogged advocate for his clients when litigation is necessary to protect their parental and property rights.

Jim is one of only a few attorneys in Ohio to receive the designation of Certified Family Relations Law Specialist by the Ohio State Bar Association.  Jim is also part of KJK’s leadership team as the firm’s hiring partner.  He is married with two young boys, and his own experience with fatherhood has further enhanced his understanding of the struggles his clients face, especially in cases involving child custody.

“I have been drawn to family law because of how personal the issues are. I know that the issues involved will have a profound effect on a family’s day-to-day life. This knowledge motivates me to fight relentlessly for each client and the positive outcome they’re seeking.” – James L. Lane

Education

  • University of Akron School of Law, J.D., 1998
  • Ohio University, B.B.A., Business Administration, 1995

Civic Involvement

  • Greater Medina Chamber of Commerce, member
  • New Apostolic Church, member
  • Positive Education Program, member

Professional Affiliations

  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
    • Family Law Section, past chairman
  • Medina County Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
    • Certified Family Relations Specialist, 2009-present
  • American Bar Association

Bar / Court Admissions

  • Ohio State Courts

Awards

  • Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2010-2013

Presentations & Publications

  • “Seven Mistakes to Avoid in a Child Custody Battle,” 2016
  • “Ohio Domestic Relations Case Law Review for 2004-2005,″ Cleveland Marshall Law Alumni Association Domestic Relations Seminar, 2005
  • “Property Division in Non-Marital Households,” Ohio State Bar Association Advanced Topics in Family Law Seminar, 2006
  • “Division of Marital and Separate Property in Divorce,” Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Family Law Symposium, 2005
  • “Judicial Roundtable Discussion,” Moderator, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Advanced Family Law Seminar, 2005
  • “Mandatory Reporting Requirements of Child Abuse for Mental Health Professionals,” numerous seminars and locations, 2008-2009
  • “Property Rights of Artists When Divorce Happens,” Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Seminar for Artists, 2009
  • “Getting the Divorce Case Off on the Right Foot,” National Business Institute Family Law Seminar, 2010
  • “Debt Discovery in Divorce,” National Business Institute Family Law Seminar, 2012
  • “Relocation Cases in Ohio,” National Business Institute Family Law Seminar, 2015
  • “Children of Unmarried Persons,” National Business Institute Family Law Seminar, 2015
  • Advanced Child and Spousal Support Issues, National Business Institute Advanced Family Law, 2016
  • Navigating Complex Asset Cases, National Business Institute Advanced Family Law, 2016

Client Testimonials

“I retained Jim when my previous attorney was suspended for a year. Jim basically took the case notes and had to pick up where we left off. He was able to represent me at a high level in a short timeline. I was so impressed that Jim is currently representing me in a divorce case that is working towards a dissolution. Jim has extensive knowledge in business ownership and negotiation of distribution of assets.”

“James Lane is a knowledgeable and dedicated family law attorney. He took the time to listen and provided a comprehensive and well thought-out strategy in a complex case involving children and a sociopathic spouse. His plan worked very well and I was able to get significant custody of my children. Jim Lane would be an excellent choice in your divorce.”

“Jim Lane was positively outstanding in a very complicated and difficult custody case. I would highly recommend him to anyone.”

“I hired James Lane about 2 years ago to represent me in an ongoing 6 year old Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court case. The skill and quality of his representation commands the highest respect and admiration, he is in his own class. He makes all other attorneys involved on either side of my case look like lay persons playing in a professional sport with James Lane being the only professional in the game. He does the research necessary to know the case, is always prepared, is superior in performance during depositions, direct and cross examinations of witnesses, trial tactics, motions and briefs. I am now and have been a business owner (nationalorganizations) for 5O years. l, through my businesses, have been through more than wanted to county and/or state, and one Federal civil litigation, and have employed great representation for those cases. However, I have not ever witnessed or experienced, from either side of said cases, an attorney with the competency of Mr. Lane.”

– Richard M.

“For full disclosure, it has taken me weeks to write this review because it is hard to express the full gratitude I have for Jim and his work on my case. When it was time for me to start seeking counsel for my child custody case, a friend of mine told me that the most important thing I could do was chose the right lawyer. I spent about two weeks researching, and meeting different lawyers throughout Cleveland, and while they all said the right things, something was missing. It was just by chance that I came across Jim. When we talked over the phone and I explained my situation, he just seemed to get it, and I felt like I could trust him. Since that day, Jim has been by my side throughout this very difficult endeavor. His advice, and counsel has been amazing. His predictions of how this case was going to go, and what the other party was going to try and do were dead on, and he had a plan in place for every situation. Every recommendation he has made has been the right one, which just speaks to his expertise in this field. As an unwed father in Ohio, the cards were stacked against me, but with Jim’s help, and unbelievable court room experience, I have an opportunity that most fathers in my situation would not. Choosing Jim has made all the difference in this case, and I am so grateful that people like him are out there. I am not sure that anything I write will fully do justice for what he has done for me, and continues to do. All I can say is that it is hard for me to imagine that there are any lawyers more skilled, intelligent, hard working, and empathetic than Jim. He is an excellent lawyer, and amazing individual who genuinely cares about his clients. I would recommend him to anyone.”