Lisa Carey Dean joined Roderick Linton Belfance, LLP in 2008 and became a partner of the firm in 2015. Her legal work is focused primarily on family law with specialties including divorce, dissolution, prenuptial agreements, custody and support issues. Dean is a skilled litigator who represents clients and makes court appearances on their behalf in Summit, Portage, Stark and Medina counties.
Lisa is a lifelong resident of Summit County, Ohio. She earned her undergraduate degree, with honors, from Kent State University and received her Juris Doctor from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. While in law school, she received recognition for her outstanding performance in Criminal Procedure and was offered an Externship with the United States Attorney's Office located in Cleveland. Lisa also participated in Moot Court competitions and was elected by her classmates as a Senator of the Student Bar Association.
Prior to beginning her private practice as an attorney, Lisa served the public in the appellate division of the Summit County and the Portage County Prosecutor's Offices. While at the Portage County Prosecutor's Office, Lisa wrote briefs in favor of the application of "Megan's Law" (requiring sexually oriented offenders to register), and others that were ultimately argued before the Supreme Court of Ohio.
Lisa also served as Judicial Attorney to the Honorable Judge Judith A. Nicely (retired) of the Summit County Domestic Relations Court. She was acknowledged by Baldwin's Ohio Practice on Domestic Relations Law for her assistance to Judge Nicely in the publication of the 2000 Edition of Chapter 19: Child Support.
After serving the public for a number of years, Lisa entered private practice as a trial attorney. She has accumulated a wealth of knowledge and experience during nearly 15 years of practice handling complex litigation involving business valuations, real estate transactions, complex divisions of retirement and investment accounts, and many other multifaceted legal issues. Lisa has also appeared and argued before the Ninth District and Eleventh District Courts of Appeals. Additionally, Lisa completed extensive training through a program created by the Supreme Court of Ohio to become a certified mediator. She uses this training to resolve countless matters by way of settlement, with the goal of saving time and money for her clients.
Lisa has remained very active in serving the Akron community throughout her legal career. Her past service to the Akron Bar Association includes: Chair of the Family Law Section, Member of the Commission on Judicial Candidates (three years), and speaker and presenter to the Akron Bar Association. As a volunteer for the Street Law Program of the Akron Bar Association, she organized a trip to Columbus for students from various local schools throughout Summit County to attend arguments held before the Supreme Court. The students also met Justice Maureen O'Connor, now Chief Justice (from Akron), and attended an open hearing before the House of Representatives. She also continues to act as a guest speaker for the Street Law Program, educating students at various local schools on issues such as domestic violence.
Additional past Community and Professional Appointments:
- Member of the Parent Coordinator Task Force, Summit County Domestic Relations Court
- Member of the Local Rules Committee, Summit County Domestic Relations Court
- Member of the Long Distance Task Force, Summit County Domestic Relations Court
- Court selected presenter to Leadership Akron, Justice Day Mock Trial (two consecutive years)
- Presenter to the Volunteer Legal Services Program
- Co-chair of United Way Campaign (Roderick Linton Belfance, LLP)
- Guardian ad Litem in Summit, Medina and Portage Counties
Present Community and Professional Appointments:
- Judge for the Regional and National Mock Trial Competitions hosted by Case Western Reserve
- Barrister with the Scanlon Inn of Court
- Board of Directors of the Victim's Assistance Program of Akron