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John M. Dohner

Phone: 330.376.6300
Fax: 330.376.2906

John M. Dohner receives many referrals from peers and past clients familiar with his ability to handle the tough cases. Practicing in Ohio since 1986, he has focused exclusively on divorce and family law for over 25 years.

Attorney Dohner earned his law degree from the University of Akron. With a legal career distinguished by knowledge and experience, he obtained certification from the Ohio State Bar Association as a Family Relations Specialist — only select lawyers earn this designation based on experience, trial advocacy, legal knowledge, and professional integrity. He is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, among fewer than 50 attorneys admitted from Ohio. In addition, he is a certified Family Law Arbitrator and makes full and effective use of mediation, arbitration, and collaborative law methods to resolve disputes outside of court.

Dohner represents clients in the Akron area, Summit County, Portage County, Stark County, Medina County, Wayne County, and other counties in Northeastern Ohio. For special matters, he has appeared in Geauga, Cuyahoga, Washington, Trumbull, and Tuscarawas Counties. He has been qualified as an expert on antenuptial agreements and has testified at trial on that subject. He is known for his strong advocacy and problem-solving skills in complex asset division and other difficult legal matters. In a boutique law practice, Mr. Dohner is able to give every client the full and personal attention each individual case requires. He is an accomplished trial lawyer in contested proceedings who will advance your interests without dragging out an expensive process.


  • University of Akron, J.D. 1986
  • University of Akron, B.S. 1979

Admitted to Practice:

  • All Ohio state courts (1986)
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio (1986)
  • Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals (1989)
  • United States Supreme Court (1997)

Past & Present Involvement:

  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML)
  • Certified Family Relations Law Specialist (OSBA)
  • American, Ohio State & Akron Bar Associations
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP)
  • City of Hudson, Board of Zoning & Building Appeals (1998–2010; and 2011–present)
  • Leadership Akron, Class XIV
  • Leadership Hudson, Class I
  • Past Chair and Vice-Chair, Akron Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Past President, Board of Trustees, Arc of Summit and Portage Counties
  • Past Chair, Akron Bar Association Fee Dispute Committee
  • Past Member, Cleveland Developmental Center Citizens Advisory Board
  • Past Member, Northeast Ohio Developmental Center Citizen Advisory Board
  • Past Member, Six District Educational Compact Advisory Board

Awards & Recognition:

  • Ohio Super Lawyer (2001 – present)
  • Ohio Leading Lawyer (2000 – present)
  • AV Rating (peer rated) Martindale-Hubbell
  • The Arc Hall of Honor Lifetime Service Award
  • State of Ohio Department of MR/DD Volunteer of the Year