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Ryan P. Nowlin
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Cleveland Attorney
Ryan P. Nowlin

Phone: 216.696.4200


Languages: English

Ryan Nowlin joined the firm in 2006 and became a Partner in January 2012. Ryan’s practice is focused on the areas of family law, commercial litigation, and probate litigation.

Ryan represents individuals in every phase of divorce and custody proceedings, and appears in Domestic Relations and Juvenile courts throughout Northeast Ohio. Ryan’s experience with complex family law matters includes the valuation of assets, the determination of premarital/separate property, the allocation of parental rights and responsibilities, and the establishment of appropriate child and/or spousal support obligations. Ryan also prepares and reviews prenuptial agreements. Ryan also counsels businesses and individuals regarding a variety of litigation matters, and he represents clients in state and municipal courts across Northeast Ohio and in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. Ryan also represents clients in various types of trust and estate litigation. Ryan assists clients with appellate matters, and he is experienced in alternative dispute resolution methods, including arbitration and mediation.

Ryan is the Vice President of Membership for the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association and is a participant in their “3Rs” program, where he assists with teaching Constitutional Law to tenth graders in the Cleveland Municipal School District. Ryan is also an Associate Member of the Judge John M. Manos Inn of Court and a member of the Center for Principled Family Advocacy.

Ryan and his wife reside in Lakewood with their five children.

Practice Areas

  • Family Law
  • Litigation
  • Probate Litigation


  • University of Maryland School of Law, 2005, J.D.
    – Phi Delta Phi
    – Student Bar Association
    – Re-Entry of Ex-Offenders Legal Clinic
  • National University of Ireland, Galway, Study Abroad Program
    – Fall Semester, 2000
  • Loyola College in Maryland, 2002, B.A.
    – English Literature, cum laude
    – Member, Honors Program
    – President, Student Government Association

Admissions & Associations

  • State of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Ohio State Bar Association
  • Member, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
    – Vice President of Membership

Awards & Honors:

  • Best Lawyers® 2018
  • Ohio Super Lawyers® Rising Stars 2011, 2012, 2014 – present
  • OSBA Certified Specialist, Family Relations Law

Professional Involvement

  • Vice President of Membership, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Center for Principled Family Advocacy
  • Judge John M. Manos Inn of Court

Community Activities

  • Participant in Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
    – “3Rs” Program

Recent Articles & Presentations

  • Common Problem Areas in Probate Litigation, CMBA Litigation Section (April 2017)
  • Calculating and Modifying Child and Spousal Support, Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association (March 2017)
  • Financial Misconduct By a Divorcing Spouse: How Should You Proceed?, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Journal (July/August 2015)
  • Family Law Issues Involving Same-Sex Couples, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (5/21/2015)
  • Domestic Relations, Gilbride & Co., (10/30/2012 and 11/27/2012)
  • Managing the Domestic Relations Case, Gilbride & Co., (11/9/2011)

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Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell LLP

1375 East 9th Street
Suite 900
Cleveland, OH 44114
United States

Law Firm Contact: James D. Vail

Tel: 216.696.4200

Fax: 216.696.7303



Member Since: 2005

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