Ryan P. Nowlin

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Ryan represents individuals in every phase of divorce and custody proceedings, and he appears in Domestic Relations and Juvenile courts throughout Northeast Ohio. Ryan’s experience with complex family law matters includes the valuation of assets, the determination of premarital/separate property, the allocation of parental rights and responsibilities, and the establishment of appropriate child and/or spousal support obligations. Ryan also prepares and reviews prenuptial agreements, and he is trained in collaborative law.

Ryan is board certified by the Ohio State Bar Association as a specialist in the practice of Family Relations Law, and he is a former Co-Chair of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Family Law Section. Ryan presents lectures on various family law topics to attorneys throughout Ohio, and he has published multiple articles regarding domestic relations matters in the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Journal.

Ryan is a former member of Lakewood City Council, and he is a member of the Associate Board of Boys Hope Girls Hope. He resides in Lakewood with his wife and their five children.


  • J.D.

    University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

  • B.A. in English Literature, Cum Laude

    Loyola University Maryland

Awards & Accolades

  • Ohio State Bar Association Board Certified Family Law Specialist, 2016-Present
  • Best Lawyers, 2018-Present
  • Ohio Super Lawyers, 2019-Present
  • Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2011-2012, 2014-2018

Professional Memberships & Associations

  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Member
    • Vice President of Membership, 2017-2019
    • Family Law Section, Co-Chair, 2016-2017, Member
    • Bar Admissions Committee, Member, 2020-Present
    • Bench-Bar Committee Co-Chair, 2019-2020
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Member
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Center for Principled Family Advocacy, Member
  • Judge John M. Manos Inn of Court, Associate Member

Counties Served

Cuyahoga, Lorain, Erie, Lake, Geauga, Summit, Stark, Portage, Ashtabula, & Medina Counties

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  • Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell LLP

    1375 E. Ninth Street
    Suite 900
    Cleveland, OH 44114