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Thomas J. LaFond
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Cleveland Attorney
Thomas J. LaFond

Phone: 216.696.4200


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 plus years, Tom has been recognized as a Best Lawyer in America (Family Law), has been listed for over 10 years in Super Lawyers of Ohio and for multiple years he has been featured in Inside Business Magazine as a Leading Lawyer.

Practice Areas

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


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

Admissions & Associations

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

Awards & Honors

  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent®
  • Best Lawyers® 1995 – present (Family Law)
  • Ohio Super Lawyers® (2004 – present)
  • Inside Business Magazine – One of the Top Three Family Lawyers in Northeast Ohio

Community Activities

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

Contact This Firm

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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