Deborah Akers-Parry

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Deborah Akers-Parry (formerly Deborah L. Rowley) is managing principal and founding member of Wolf and Akers, LPA. Her sole area of practice is family law, which she has practiced for over 35 years. Recognized as a national leader in family law, Mrs. Akers-Parry is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. She has been a Delegate to the Council of Delegates of the Ohio State Bar Association since 1990; she is a long-standing member of the Family Law Committee, of which she was previously Chair; and she served on the Family Law Specialty Certification Board. She is also a member of the Cleveland Bar Association and has likewise served as its Chair and member of the Professional Ethics Committee. As a member of the Cuyahoga County Bar Association, Mrs. Akers-Parry was Chair of that Committee, chair of the Annual Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute and a member of the Certified Grievance Committee. A 1976 graduate of the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Mrs. Akers-Parry attended Washington University in St. Louis for her undergraduate degree. She was admitted to the practice of law in Ohio in 1976 and the Supreme Court of the United States in 2008. Prior to founding Wolf and Akers, Mrs. Akers-Parry was associated with the firm of Schwarzwald, Robiner, Wolf and Rock, LPA, in Cleveland, Ohio, where she limited her practice to family law. She was formerly a principal in Manlove, Manlove, Rowley and Fuhry in Geauga County, Ohio. Mrs. Akers-Parry practices in Cuyahoga, Summit, Geauga, Lake, Portage, Medina, Lorain, Erie, Lucas, Wood and other counties in Ohio. She has an Ohio Appellate Court practice and has argued in the Supreme Court of Ohio. Among Mrs. Akers-Parry's additional achievements and contributions are the following: • Certification by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers as a Family Law Arbitrator • Member of the Publications Development Board of the American Bar Association Section of Family Law, 2000 - 2012 • Member of Center for Principled Family Advocacy, 2008 - 2012 • Designation in Best Lawyers in America, 1987 - 2012 • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, 1993 - 2012 • Designation in "Ohio Super Lawyers," 2004 - 2012, Top 100 Lawyers in Ohio, 2006, Law and Politics Media, Inc. • Martindale-Hubbell listing, AV rating • Life Member of the Judicial Conference of the Eighth Judicial District of Ohio • Fellow of the American Bar Foundation • Former trustee of the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Alumni Association • Appointee to the Ohio Supreme Court Domestic Relations Forms Committee •Lectures and seminars • Cleveland Bar Association, Property Division and Spousal Support in Ohio, 1992 • National Business Institute, Inc., Divorce Taxation, 1993 • Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association, Venue and Jurisdiction in Divorce Actions, 1993 • American Bar Association, Annual Convention, Chicago, Valuation of Stock Options and Limited Partnership Interests, 1990 • Ohio State Bar Association, Wire-tapping in Domestic Relations Cases; New Property Division and Spousal Support Statutes, 1987, 1989, 1991 • Ohio State Bar Association, District 18 Annual Meeting, New Property Division and Spousal Support Statutes, 1989 • Ohio Family Law Institute, Real Estate Valuation: Lecture and Trial Demonstration, 1988 • Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, Guardian Ad Litem Program, Senate Bill 3, 1991 • Geauga County Bar Association, House Bill 514 and Senate Bill 3, 1991 • Medina County Bar Association, Alimony; Pension Evaluations, 1983, 1984, 1987 • Wayne County Bar Association, New Property Division and Spousal Support Statutes, 1991 • Law Education Institute, Inc., Valuation of Stock Options in Divorce and Dissolution Cases, 1992 • Ohio CLE Institute, Family Law Update 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993; Divorce Taxation; Child Custody; UCCJA, 1985 • Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association, Fundamentals of Litigation, 1992 • Cleveland Bar Association, Divorce Taxation, 1994 • Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association, Qualified Medical Child Support Orders, 1994 • Ohio State Bar Association, Property Division and Valuation Issues, 1996 • Ohio CLE Institute, Bridge the Gap; Demystifying the Divorce Process, 1996, 1997 • Ohio Chapter, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Tax Issues - The Marital Residence, 1997 • Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association, Social Security Offsets Since Neville, 2004 • Cleveland Bar Association, What Estate Planners Should Know about Pre-Marital Agreements, 2005 • National City Bank, Pre-Marital Agreements for Estate Planners, 2005 • The Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, Relocation of Children in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Cases, 2006 • Publications • The Family Advocate, American Bar Association; Vol. 9, No. 3, 1987; "Disqualification," co-author • The Cleveland Bar Journal; November, 1989, Opinion No. 89-3, Professional Ethics Committee (as corrected at page 190, April, 1990), "Representing the Mentally Disabled Client" • "The Valuation of Stock Options in Divorce and Dissolution Cases," American Bar Association, Section of Family Law, 1990 Annual Meeting Compendium • "The Valuation of Limited Partnerships in Divorce and Dissolution Cases," American Bar Association, Section of Family Law, 1990 Annual Meeting Compendium • Ohio Domestic Relations Law, Banks-Baldwin Law Publishing Company, 1992, "Individual and Marital Property" • Ohio Domestic Relations Law, Banks-Baldwin Law Publishing Company, 1997, "Marital and Separate Property".

of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. She has been a Delegate to the Council of Delegates of the Ohio State Bar Association since 1990; she is a long-standing member of the Family Law Committee, of which she was previously Chair; and she served on the Family Law Specialty Certification Board. She is also a member of the Cleveland Bar Association and has likewise served as its Chair and member of the Professional Ethics Committee. As a member of the Cuyahoga County Bar Association, Mrs. Akers-Parry was Chair of that Committee, chair of the Annual Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute and a member of the Certified Grievance Committee. A 1976 graduate of the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Mrs. Akers-Parry attended Washington University in St. Louis for her undergraduate degree. She was admitted to the practice of law in Ohio in 1976 and the Supreme Court of the United States in 2008. Prior to founding Wolf and Akers, Mrs. Akers-Parry was associated with the firm of Schwarzwald, Robiner, Wolf and Rock, LPA, in Cleveland, Ohio, where she limited her practice to family law. She was formerly a principal in Manlove, Manlove, Rowley and Fuhry in Geauga County, Ohio. Mrs. Akers-Parry practices in Cuyahoga, Summit, Geauga, Lake, Portage, Medina, Lorain, Erie, Lucas, Wood and other counties in Ohio. She has an Ohio Appellate Court practice and has argued in the Supreme Court of Ohio. Among Mrs. Akers-Parry's additional achievements and contributions are the following: • Certification by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers as a Family Law Arbitrator • Member of the Publications Development Board of the American Bar Association Section of Family Law, 2000 - 2012 • Member of Center for Principled Family Advocacy, 2008 - 2012 • Designation in Best Lawyers in America, 1987 - 2012 • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, 1993 - 2012 • Designation in "Ohio Super Lawyers," 2004 - 2012, Top 100 Lawyers in Ohio, 2006, Law and Politics Media, Inc. • Martindale-Hubbell listing, AV rating • Life Member of the Judicial Conference of the Eighth Judicial District of Ohio • Fellow of the American Bar Foundation • Former trustee of the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Alumni Association • Appointee to the Ohio Supreme Court Domestic Relations Forms Committee •Lectures and seminars • Cleveland Bar Association, Property Division and Spousal Support in Ohio, 1992 • National Business Institute, Inc., Divorce Taxation, 1993 • Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association, Venue and Jurisdiction in Divorce Actions, 1993 • American Bar Association, Annual Convention, Chicago, Valuation of Stock Options and Limited Partnership Interests, 1990 • Ohio State Bar Association, Wire-tapping in Domestic Relations Cases; New Property Division and Spousal Support Statutes, 1987, 1989, 1991 • Ohio State Bar Association, District 18 Annual Meeting, New Property Division and Spousal Support Statutes, 1989 • Ohio Family Law Institute, Real Estate Valuation: Lecture and Trial Demonstration, 1988 • Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, Guardian Ad Litem Program, Senate Bill 3, 1991 • Geauga County Bar Association, House Bill 514 and Senate Bill 3, 1991 • Medina County Bar Association, Alimony; Pension Evaluations, 1983, 1984, 1987 • Wayne County Bar Association, New Property Division and Spousal Support Statutes, 1991 • Law Education Institute, Inc., Valuation of Stock Options in Divorce and Dissolution Cases, 1992 • Ohio CLE Institute, Family Law Update 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993; Divorce Taxation; Child Custody; UCCJA, 1985 • Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association, Fundamentals of Litigation, 1992 • Cleveland Bar Association, Divorce Taxation, 1994 • Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association, Qualified Medical Child Support Orders, 1994 • Ohio State Bar Association, Property Division and Valuation Issues, 1996 • Ohio CLE Institute, Bridge the Gap; Demystifying the Divorce Process, 1996, 1997 • Ohio Chapter, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Tax Issues - The Marital Residence, 1997 • Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association, Social Security Offsets Since Neville, 2004 • Cleveland Bar Association, What Estate Planners Should Know about Pre-Marital Agreements, 2005 • National City Bank, Pre-Marital Agreements for Estate Planners, 2005 • The Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, Relocation of Children in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Cases, 2006 • Publications • The Family Advocate, American Bar Association; Vol. 9, No. 3, 1987; "Disqualification," co-author • The Cleveland Bar Journal; November, 1989, Opinion No. 89-3, Professional Ethics Committee (as corrected at page 190, April, 1990), "Representing the Mentally Disabled Client" • "The Valuation of Stock Options in Divorce and Dissolution Cases," American Bar Association, Section of Family Law, 1990 Annual Meeting Compendium • "The Valuation of Limited Partnerships in Divorce and Dissolution Cases," American Bar Association, Section of Family Law, 1990 Annual Meeting Compendium • Ohio Domestic Relations Law, Banks-Baldwin Law Publishing Company, 1992, "Individual and Marital Property" • Ohio Domestic Relations Law, Banks-Baldwin Law Publishing Company, 1997, "Marital and Separate Property". Member: Cleveland (Member, Family Law Section; Chair, 1989-1990; Professional Ethics Committee, 1987-1993), Cuyahoga County (Trustee, 1992-1995; Chair, 1992-1993; Chair, Trial Advocacy Institute, 1993; Certified Grievance Committee, 1986-1996), Ohio State (Delegate to Council of Delegates, 1990-; Member, Family Law Committee; Chair, 1994-1996; Legislative Drafting Sub-Committee: Chair, 1989-1994; Family Law Specialty Certification Board, 1999-2002; Specialization Committee: Chair, 2001-2003; Commission on Judicial Candidates, 2010-2012) and American (Member, Family Law Section: Financial Officer, 2004-2008, 2012-; Chair, Finance Committee, 2008-2010; By-Laws Committee, 2008-2010; Publications Board, 2000-2012; Member, Litigation Section) Bar Associations; Ohio Women's Bar Association (Judicial Ratings Committee, 2011-2012). Fellow: American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers; American Bar Foundation.

Areas of Practice (80)

  • Family Law
  • Alimony
  • Annulment
  • Collaborative Family Law
  • Divorce Arbitration
  • Divorce Taxation
  • Domestic Relations
  • Domestic Violence
  • Legal Separation Agreements
  • Marital Property Distribution
  • Marital Property Settlements
  • Matrimonial Law
  • Spousal Support
  • Divorce
  • Premarital Agreements
  • Adoptions
  • Agency Adoptions
  • Assisted Reproductive Technology
  • Child Abduction
  • Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Child Advocacy
  • Child Care
  • Child Custody
  • Child Custody Mediation
  • Child Dependency
  • Child Protection
  • Child Sexual Abuse
  • Child Support
  • Child Welfare
  • Childrens Rights
  • Cohabitation Agreements
  • Community Property Law
  • Day Care
  • Divorce Mediation
  • Domestic Partnerships
  • Domestic Torts
  • Equitable Distribution
  • Family Arbitration
  • Family Mediation
  • Fathers Rights
  • Foster Care
  • Gay and Lesbian Family Law
  • Grandparents Custody
  • Grandparents Visitation Rights
  • Independent Adoptions
  • International Adoptions
  • International Child Abduction
  • International Child Custody
  • International Family Law
  • Interstate Adoptions
  • Interstate Child Custody
  • Interstate Support
  • Juvenile Law
  • Juvenile Dependency
  • Marital Agreements
  • Marital Property Law
  • Matrimonial Bankruptcy Law
  • Military Divorce
  • Name Changes
  • No Fault Divorce
  • Non-Traditional Family Law
  • Orphans Court Practice
  • Palimony
  • Parental Kidnapping
  • Parental Rights
  • Parenting Time
  • Paternity
  • Post Divorce Modification
  • Post Nuptial Agreements
  • Private Adoptions
  • Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDROs)
  • Restraining Orders
  • Step Parent Adoptions
  • Surrogacy Law
  • Termination of Parental Rights
  • Third Party Custody
  • Uncontested Divorce
  • Visitation Rights
  • Juvenile Criminal Law
  • Juvenile Delinquency

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
216-815-4184  Phone
216-623-9999  Phone
216-623-0629  Fax
www.wolfakers.com
University Attended:
Washington University, A.B., 1971
Law School Attended:
Cleveland Marshall College of Law, J.D., 1976
Year of First Admission:
1976
Admission:
1976, Ohio; 2008, U.S. Supreme Court
Birth Information:
Troy, New York, April 27, 1949
ISLN:
909516268

Peer Reviews

5.0/5.0
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