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Thomas J. LaFond, Esq.
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Cleveland Attorney
Thomas J. LaFond, Esq.

Phone: 216.539.8374


Languages: English

Tom LaFond joined the firm in 1968 and became a partner in 1975. Tom’s primary area of practice is family law. He represents individuals in complex divorces and dissolutions, helping his clients with issues such as division of property, business valuations, spousal and child support, and matters relating to shared parenting, child custody, and visitation. He also negotiates, prepares, and reviews prenuptial agreements and counsels individuals on estate planning issues.

After graduating from the Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 1966, Tom served in the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1968. A Vietnam veteran and Bronze Star recipient, Tom was honorably discharged at the rank of Captain.

Tom is a former President of the Citizens League of Greater Cleveland and the Cleveland Bar Association.

For 20 years, Tom has been recognized as a Best Lawyer in America Family Law, has been listed for the 10th consecutive year in Super Lawyers of Ohio and for multiple years he has been featured in Inside Business Magazine as a Leading Lawyer. 


  • John Carroll University, 1963, B.S. B.A
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law, 1966, J.D.

Awards & Honors:


  • The Best Lawyers in America Publication (1996 – Present)
  • Inside Business Magazine – One of the Top Three Family Lawyers in Northeast Ohio (2001 – Present)
  • Super Lawyers of Ohio (2004-present)

Community Activities:

  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Former President – Citizens League of Greater Cleveland
  • Former President – Cleveland Bar Association (1991-1992)

Court and Bar Associations:

  • Admitted – State of Ohio
  • Admitted – U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • Member of the American Bar Association
  • Member of the Ohio State Bar Association
  • Member of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association

Areas of Practice:

  • Business Law
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Estate Planning and Probate
  • Family Law

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Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell LLP

1375 East 9th Street
One Cleveland Center, 9th Floor
Cleveland, OH 44114
United States

Law Firm Contact: James D. Vail

Tel: 216.539.8374

Fax: 216.696.7303


Member Since: 2005

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