Laurel Stein, an experienced domestic relations and adoption attorney for seventeen years, takes a practical approach to her cases. She takes pride in her honest, compassionate, and thorough work with her clients. Her focus is to help clients through challenging and sometimes extremely stressful situations in their lives. She educates her clients about all aspects of their case and gives them the knowledge to make informed decisions.
Laurel has handled hundreds of divorce, dissolution, and post-decree cases. While the vast majority of her cases reach a resolution prior to trial, she has experience trying divorce and post-decree cases. She has also prepared appellate briefs and argued before the Eighth and Ninth District Court of Appeals.
Laurel also takes great pride and pleasure helping unite families through private, step-parent, and agency adoptions. Bringing families together is one of the great joys of her practice.
Select Practice Areas
- Custody Disputes
- Child Support Issues
Supreme Court of Ohio
University of Memphis School of Law, Juris Doctorate
• Law Review Staff Member, 1997-1998
• Moot Court Board, 1998-1999
- Judged and Prepared Bench Brief for First Year Moot Court Competition
• Dean's Award for Academic Excellence in Trial Advocacy
• American Jurisprudence Award in Trial Advocacy, May 1999
• American Jurisprudence Award in Legal History, May 1999
Washington University in St. Louis, B.A. in Political Science
• Summa Cum Laude
• Polical Science Honors Program
• Honor's Thesis: "Low Voter Turnout"
Ohio State Bar Association
American Bar Association
Northeast Ohio Adoption Alliance
Before joining Nee Law Firm, Laurel led the family law group at a local law firm, handing all of the firm’s domestic relations and juvenile court cases from the initial meeting with the client to trial. Laurel also co-chaired the firm’s adoption practice, for both individuals in private adoptions and step-parent adoptions. The adoption cases have brought her much joy as she is able to watch the judicial system make a positive imprint in the adoptive families’ lives.
Laurel also had the good fortune to spend six years working for one of the most well-respected domestic relations law firms in Cleveland, Ohio. Under the tutelage of Certified Specialists in Family Law and members of the honored American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Ms. Stein learned the intricate process of handling domestic relations cases the proper, ethical way. This experience served as the foundation for her approach to handling divorce, custody and support cases. As an associate attorney, Ms. Stein handled domestic relations cases from the initial meeting with the client to trial, and she prepared appellate briefs and argued before the Eighth and Ninth District Courts of Appeals.
• Thomas Reuters/West Publishing
Ms. Stein has been the Associate Editor of the Domestic Relations Journal of Ohio since November
2002. The Journal provides attorneys, judges and magistrates with the latest updates on statutory and
case law, as well as providing practical advice for practitioners in the field of domestic relations. Ms.
Stein edits text, researches current appellate cases and prepares case summaries of Ohio appellate
decision in the areas of child support, spousal support, division of property, parental rights and
responsibilities, domestic violence, juvenile custody, and procedure. Ms. Stein also served as Co-Editor
of Baldwin’s Ohio Practice Elements of an Action from 2006 to 2011. In this capacity, she edited text
and provided statutory and case law updates for this publication, which provided practical advice for the
legal practitioner in a variety of areas from breach of contract to insurance actions to fiduciary duties.
• Domestic Relations Journal of Ohio, Co-editor
• Ohio State Bar Association
Laurel updates articles based on family law for OSBA's website section called "Law You Can Use"
• Sowald-MorgansternDomestic Relations Law Books
Laurel annually edits Chapter 8 - "Legal Separation" and Chapter 16 - "Modification of Parental Rights and Responsibilities."