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Attorney Profile - Susan M. Lantz

Susan M. Lantz, Esq. Attorney at Law

    OSBA Board Certified Family Trial Lawyer

Family Law Practice Areas: Divorce, Dissolution, Legal Separation, Child Custody (including Special Needs Children’s issues) , Child Support, Spousal Support (alimony), Shared Parenting, Visitation, Paternity/Parentage, Grandparents’ Rights, Post-Decree Modifications, and Civil Protection Orders / Domestic Violence.

Admitted: 1983, Ohio
Admitted: 1984, United States District Court (Southern District)
Undergraduate: Capital University, Summa Cum Laude - 1980
Law School: Capital University, J.D. - 1983
Order of the Curia
Post Law School: OSBA Board Certified Family Law Specialist - 2000 to present
Law Related Memberships: Columbus Bar Association (Sustaining Member)
CBA Family Law Committee Member
Ohio State Bar Association


Other Memberships:

Prader-Willi Syndrome Association, USA 
Prader-Willi Syndrome Association of Ohio 
National Quilting Association
American Quilter’s Association
Born: Greenville, Ohio

More About Susan M. Lantz:

Since being licensed in 1983 to practice law in Ohio, Susan M. Lantz has focused her practice primarily to the family law area. She was drawn to that area of practice in part due to having grown up with divorced parents. She was born in Greenville, Ohio, and spent her formative years in Detroit, Michigan with her mother, step-father, and two siblings. In 1976 she graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Jared W. Finney High School in the Detroit Public School system.

While in high school, Susan was active in sports, specifically tennis and was one of the first females (in Detroit) to earn a letter on the boy’s tennis team. She worked throughout high school as a nurse’s aide in several nursing homes, earning $1.90 an hour - managing to save $3,000 towards college.

In 1976, Susan came to Columbus and attended college at Capital University, graduating Summa Cum Laude (1980). During college, Susan worked for the Lantz, Staats, Shea, Richardson, and Allen law firm as a legal secretary, law clerk and all-around gofer. Susan father, Duane F. Lantz, Esq. (deceased 1999) was a member of that law firm.

In 1980, Susan began attending the Capital University Law School. She was a member of the Law Review during her first year. For the remainder of law school she was a law clerk for the Franklin County Public Defender’s Office. Upon graduating law school with honors and earning the prestigious Order of the Curia in 1983, Susan began practicing with her father in the Lantz & Lantz partnership, and also managed all areas of that small business.

Since 1992, when her father retired, Susan has run a solo practice and later earned her board certification as an OSBA Family Law Specialist. Susan has devoted her practice to the family law area - an area of law that is often complex and highly charged emotionally. She is passionate in her dedication to zealously representing her clients within the bounds of the law and assisting them though difficult and emotionally challenging family law matters. As part of her representation, she focuses on educating her clients as to the process and the specifics of their case so that they can make sound, well informed decisions. After all, clients have to live with the outcome - not the attorney.

Overall, Susan is committed to providing quality family law legal services with compassion, understanding and a personal touch. Susan is married and is a mother of two children - one with special needs. Her son was born with a rare non-hereditary genetic disorder, Prader-Willi Syndrome. She has learned first-hand the difficulties families face when they have a child with special needs. Her experiences and insights gained while raising a special needs child also serve to help her assist her clients similarly situated when dealing with a special needs child in family law matters.

Personal interests: Susan has a passion for crafts. She loves to quilt, applique, sew, embroider and crochet - having learned the love of these from her grandmother. She has served on several non-profit organizations - Prader-Willi Syndrome Association of Ohio Board, Shepherd Christian School Board, and the Little Lambs Children’s Center Board. Susan has previously been a certified CPR & First Aid trainer through the Girl Scouts for the Ohio Red Cross Association. Susan currently serves as a board member for the Rich Street Lofts Condominium Association.


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