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Deanna L. DiPetta

Partner

Experience

Deanna DiPetta has over 33 years of experience in divorce and dissolution, custody and visitation litigation, and adoption. Deana brings a wealth of recognized experience to the firm’s domestic relations practice including a strong background in negotiating and litigating a broad spectrum of financial issues: dividing complex marital estates, investment properties, business interests, unusual investments, mineral rights, complicated retirement plans, and separate property issues. She has a broad and deep understanding regarding the complexities of domestic relations law including:

  • Evaluating business and partnership interests for division in divorce
  • Researching and analyzing records to identify misappropriated or hidden marital assets
  • Drafting, interpreting and evaluating the enforceability of prenuptial agreements
  • Crafting tailored temporary and permanent spousal and child support plans
  • Allocating parental rights and responsibilities
  • Resolving parental relocation challenges
  • Settling custody matters requiring psychological expert testimony
  • Addressing domestic violence matters
  • Handling post-decree issues of enforcement and non-disclosed or omitted assets

Civic and Professional Involvement

  • Judge4Yourself, member
  • Ohio Supreme Court, Lawyer to Lawyer Program and the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, mentor to young lawyers
  • Violence Against Women Act Committee, member
  • Legal Aid Society, Pro Bono Clinics – volunteer
  • The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society – volunteer
  • Hospice of the Western Reserve – volunteer
  • Cleveland Museum of Art, the Women’s Council, member
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (CMBA), former member of Certified Grievance Committee
  • Cuyahoga County Domestic Relations Court, Rules Committee, former member

Accomplishments

  • Ohio Super Lawyer – 2017-2021
  • Best Lawyers of America
  • Certified Mediator, completed 40-hour mediation course sponsored by the Center for Principled Family Advocacy
  • Former Professor of Domestic Relations Law at Notre Dame College
  • Estate Planning Institute – co-authored and lectured on “Planning for the Possibility of Divorce” and “Estate Planning and Asset Management Issues”
  • Makes frequent television appearances to discuss family law-related issues

Representative Cases

  • Giuliano vs. Giuliano, Cuyahoga Common Pleas No. DR-12-343002 (involving complex pension issues, tried to completion)
  • Bell vs. Bell, Cuyahoga Common Pleas No. DR-05-304231 (involving complex custody litigation surrounding a severely disabled child)
  • Berger Vs. Berger, Geauga Common Pleas No. 12D000254 (involving complex litigation regarding a family business with separate components, tried to completion)

Bar Admissions

  • All Ohio State Courts
  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth District
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio

Education

  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University, J.D., 1986
  • Cleveland State University, Blue Key Honor Fraternity, 1980