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Smith, Illner & Gemelas | Attorneys at Law

More than 125 Years of Combined Experience

Joel David Fritz

Joel David Fritz

Partner since January 1, 2013
Elyria, Ohio
Joel is a lifelong resident of Lorain County. In practice since 1991, Joel has handled a wide variety of cases in the areas of domestic relations, adoption, criminal and probate. For ten years, Joel's focus has been divorce, custody, child support and adoptions. An experienced trial lawyer, Joel has tried cases in all of the areas he has practiced. Joel is involved in his community and committed to serving them well for years to come.

Areas of Practice

  • 80% Family Law, Divorce, Custody, Adoption
  • 10% Wills & Estates
  • 10% Criminal

Litigation Percentage

  • 90% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, 1991


  • University of Toledo College of Law, Toledo, Ohio
    • J.D. - 1988
  • Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
    • B.S. cum laude - 1983
    • Major: Communications

Published Works

  • State v. Gilliam, 70 Ohio Street 3d 17, 1994
  • State v. Reddick, 113 Ohio App 3d 788, 1996
  • INRE JAS, Ohio Supreme Ct, 2010
  • INRE JNS, Ohio Supreme Ct, 2010

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Knights of Columbus 3rd Degree, Board Member Advocate, 1983 - Present
  • Saint Mary Parish Elyria, Council Chairperson, 2001 - 2010

Past Employment Positions

  • Lucas County Court of Community Pleas, Bailiff, 1984 - 1987
  • City of Toledo Public Defender, Intern, 1988 - 1989

Ancillary Businesses

  • City of Elyria Board of Zoning Appeals, Chairperson
  • Elyria Catholic Parish Club, Secretary

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