Carl represents clients in a variety of family law matters, including dissolution of marriage, divorce, custody and premarital agreements. Most of his litigation matters are in Cuyahoga, Lake, Geauga, Lorain, and Summit Counties.
Carl’s experience includes complex business valuation issues, treatment of qualified and non-qualified retirement plan benefits, analysis of complex executive compensation arrangements, analysis of spousal and child support claims, analysis of marital and separate property claims, and tax considerations involved in the division and disbursement of marital and separate property. He is certified by the Ohio State Bar Association as a Family Relations Law Specialist.
Carl received his undergraduate degree from Oberlin College and his law degree from the University of Wisconsin, graduating cum laude. He has been a Fellow of the prestigious American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) since 1996. He is a past president of the Ohio Chapter, and was formerly the Ohio Chapter delegate to the Board of Governors of the AAML. Carl hosted a national matrimonial law arbitration training in Cleveland and successfully completed the AAML Matrimonial Arbitration Training Institute in January of 2006.
For the fourth year in a row, Carl was ranked in Band 1 for Family/Matrimonial Law in Chambers High Net Worth Guide (2023), with clients noting he has “extensive experience advising high net worth clients on divorce and related issues.” Carl is listed under Family Law in Martindale-Hubbell, The Bar Register of Pre-Eminent Lawyers and has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America since 2003. In addition, he is listed in several editions of Ohio Super Lawyers, published by Law & Politics magazine, and was previously listed in the Top 50 Cleveland Super Lawyers for receiving the highest point totals. He was also named as a Leading Lawyer by Northeast Ohio’s Inside Business. He was awarded an “AV Peer Review Rating” (Preeminent) by Martindale-Hubbell for meeting very high criteria of general ethical standards. Carl is a member of the Family Law Section of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association.
Band 1 Honoree, Chambers High Net Worth, Family/Matrimonial Law (2020 – present)
Honoree, Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers®, Family Law, Cleveland (2016)
Honoree, Leading Lawyers (2006 – 2007)
Honoree, Best Lawyers in America® (2003 – present)
Honoree, Ohio Super Lawyers, Family Law (2004 – present)
Top 100 Ohio Super Lawyers Honoree (2007)
AV Peer Review Rated, LexisNexis/Martindale-Hubbell
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- University of Wisconsin Law School (1983)
- Oberlin College (1980)
- State - Ohio
Speeches and Publications
Contributor, “Family Law 2023 Global Practice Guide: Ohio,” Chambers and Partners, Feb. 4, 2023.
- American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
Fellow (1996 – present)
Previous Past-President, Ohio Chapter
- Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
Member, Family Law Section
- Ohio State Bar Association