2011 Lawyers of the Year

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Best Lawyers has named individuals as Lawyers of the Year in Cleveland, based on their particularly high level of peer recognition.

James R. Skirbunt
Skirbunt, Skirbunt & Wirtz LLC

Since earning his JD from Boston College Law School in 1974, James R. Skirbunt has become a go-to lawyer on the most complex aspects of divorce law, including business valuation issues and analysis of executive compensation. Skirbunt has been selected for inclusion by The Best Lawyers in America® for more than 15 consecutive years and in all editions of Ohio Super Lawyers. His firm, Skirbunt, Skirbunt & Wirtz, LLC has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of only four Tier One Family Law Firms in Northeast Ohio. Skirbunt notes, “We have the experience and creativity to find solutions to difficult problems in divorce cases.”

As founding president of the Center for Principled Family Advocacy, Skirbunt promotes alternative processes to litigation, such as cooperative divorce, collaborative divorce, and mediation, as options for navigating divorce that minimize trauma for families. These alternative processes allow attorneys to focus on the interests of clients, rather than litigation strategies, and “gotcha” tactics. “It is important to give clients all of their choices, including litigation, so that they can choose the process that will enable them to address their concerns most effectively,” Skirbunt says.

As a veteran divorce lawyer, Skirbunt knows that a family does not end when a divorce occurs, but it is restructured. As a result, family law attorneys must have good judgment to keep the interests of their client in focus. “When a person goes through a divorce, their emotions can cause them to want to act in ways which are inconsistent with their goals,” Skirbunt says. “Sometimes the role of the divorce lawyer is to say ‘no’ to a client, and not just be a mouthpiece.”

Skirbunt’s experience as a successful trial lawyer, and as a pioneer in the use of alternative processes to litigation, coupled with a client centered practice philosophy, have all contributed to his being named Lawyer of the Year in Family Law.

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Ashley Cisneros Mejia is a journalist, entrepreneur and marketer. She began her career as a newspaper reporter and later as an editor at Florida Trend business magazine. Ashley has worked as a professional freelance writer since 2009, as a technical writer, marketing manager, and public relations practitioner. She also founded two digital marketing agencies in Orlando. Named one of Orlando’s 40 Under 40 and honored by the Women’s Executive Council of Orlando for achievements in media and communications, Ashley earned a B.S. in Journalism and an M.S. in Entrepreneurship at the University of Florida.

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