Thomas J. LaFond

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Tom LaFond joined Schneider, Smeltz, Ranney & Lafond P.L.L. in 1968 and became a partner in 1975. In 2016, Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell LLP was established through the combination of practices of two of the oldest and most established firms in Cleveland.

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 the 12th consecutive year in Super Lawyers of Ohio and for multiple years he has been featured in Inside Business Magazine as a Leading Lawyer.

Areas of Practice (2)

  • Estate Planning and Probate
  • Family Law

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(216) 696-4200 ext. 1133  Phone
(216) 696-7303  Fax
University Attended:
John Carroll University, B.S., B.A., 1963
Law School Attended:
Case Western Reserve University, J.D., 1966
Year of First Admission:
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio; 1966, Ohio
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (President, 1991-1992); Ohio State Bar Association; American Bar Associations.
Captain, U.S. Army, 1966-1968
Birth Information:
Chicago, Illinois, February 25, 1941
Payment Information:
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover

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Cleveland, Ohio

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