Scott S. Rosenthal
Scott has been with this Firm from its earliest stages – starting as an associate with Wilsman & Schoonover, moving to Partner with Schoonover, Andrews, Rosenthal and now as Senior Partner with Rosenthal | Thurman | Lane. As such, he has been a mainstay for the Firm’s philosophy, focus and standards for outstanding representation of his clients. The majority of Scott’s practice is focused on the area of domestic relations and family law. This includes divorce practice, child custody and support, as well as a juvenile court practice. Notably, Scott has also argued before the 9th, 11thand 8thDistrict Courts of Appeals, helping to establish case law that is followed as precedent throughout Ohio.
Scott is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association and the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Family Law Section. He has lectured at continuing education seminars on various topics, including the valuation of separate property assets in divorce matters and tax issues. In support of a wide range of clients, Scott has litigated numerous cases throughout Northeastern Ohio including: Ashtabula, Lake, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Summit, Portage, Richmond, Lorain, Medina and Huron counties.
Scott has been involved in some of the largest and most difficult cases in domestic relations litigation in Northeastern Ohio. He also devotes a significant portion of his family law practice to alternative dispute resolution approaches, which includes collaborative law and principled negotiation matters. Additionally, in the course of representing a diverse clientele, Scott recently expanded his practice to Probate litigation as well as Probate Court guardianships and trusteeships.
Scott graduated from Miami (Ohio) University in 1993, with a major in Political Science and a minor in History. He received his Juris Doctor from Cleveland Marshall College of Law in 1997, where he was a member of the Moot Court Team and was awarded the Order of Barristers for excellence.
Born in Shaker Heights, Scott currently lives in Bainbridge, Ohio with his wife, two young children and two golden retrievers. Scott has maintained a presence in his community by volunteering for various charitable causes, as well as coaching youth basketball for the last four years. Scott previously served as a Member of the Cleveland Warehouse District Board of Governors and as a member of the Achievement Centers for Children.
Adam J. Thurman
Before joining the law firm of Rosenthal | Thurman | Lane, Adam Thurman had an accomplished family law practice both as an associate and sole practitioner.
From 1997 until April, 2008, Adam worked as an associate with the Law Offices of Herbert Palkovitz, a law firm that limited its practice to family law, including divorce, dissolution, child support and child custody issues. These areas of practice have resulted Adam in appearing in no less than five Northeastern Ohio domestic relations and juvenile courts, as well as multiple appellate and federal courts. Adam has also has experience handling Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (“UCCJEA”) cases and cases falling under the International Child Abduction Remedies Act (“Hague Convention on the International Aspects of Child Abduction”).
After Mr. Palkovitz’ passing in April, 2008, Adam took over the practice, concentrating on the same areas of law. In March, 2011, Adam joined Scott S. Rosenthal and Stephen E.S. Daray to form the law firm Rosenthal | Thurman | Lane. This firm will also focus its practice in the area of family law.
Over the years, Adam has served as the Secretary, Vice-Chair and, ultimately, Chair, of the Family Law Section of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association and was appointed as a liaison to the E-Publications and Technology Groups. Furthermore, he has lectured at numerous continuing legal education seminars on various family law topics and is a contributing author to the West Publications’ “Sowald & Morganstern Domestic Relations Law” handbooks. Adam has also been a member of the Cuyahoga County Domestic Relations Court’s Guardian ad Litem program for over ten years.
Adam graduated cum laude from John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio, in 1994, and summa cum laude from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 1997. Adam was an Executive Editor at Cleveland-Marshall’s Law Review. Adam was born in Cleveland, Ohio and currently resides in the Cleveland area.
James L. Lane
James is a partner with Rosenthal | Thurman | Lane. He exclusively practices family law and has considerable experience in high-conflict domestic relations and juvenile court cases. In his more than twenty years of practice, Mr. Lane has handled many complex divorce cases in trial and appellate courts throughout Ohio. He has extensive experience and expertise in all types of family law matters, including divorce, dissolution, legal separation, child custody proceedings, spousal and child support issues, valuation of closely held business entities, prenuptial agreements, and adoptions. On January 1, 2009, Mr. Lane was certified by the Ohio State Bar Association as a specialist in family relations law. This certification makes him one of a small group of attorneys in Ohio to have earned this distinction. Mr. Lane was also included in both the 2018 and 2019 editions of the Best Lawyers in America publication. A graduate of the University of Akron School of Law and Ohio University, Mr. Lane is also the past chairperson of the Family Law Section of the Cleveland Bar Association, and a board member of the Positive Education Program (PEP), helping at risk children through trauma based treatment and education in Northeast Ohio. Mr. Lane is a resident of Medina, Ohio, and the proud father of three young children.
Alexis M. Gacey
Alexis is an associate attorney with Rosenthal | Thurman | Lane, where she practices in the area of domestic relations law. Alexis has quickly gained experience and insight into matters related to divorce, child custody and parenting plans, asset divisions, and prenuptial agreements. Alexis is committed to passionately representing firm clients and seeks to help them navigate these delicate and stressful family law matters.
Alexis graduated Cum Laude from Miami University of Ohio, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Professional Writing. Alexis attended law school at Cleveland Marshall College of Law, and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2018. During law school, Alexis served as an Executive Editor of Cleveland State’s Law Review.
Before joining Rosenthal | Thurman | Lane as a law clerk in 2016, Alexis served as a judicial extern for the Domestic Relations Division of the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas. Alexis also spent a summer working as a law clerk for Bashein and Bashein, a Cleveland based personal injury and wrongful death firm.
Alexis is a Cleveland native and grew up on the east side, where she attended Beaumont School for Girls. In her free time, Alexis loves to travel and spend time with family and friends.
Brent is an associate attorney with Rosenthal | Thurman | Lane, where he practices in the area of domestic relations law.
Brent graduated Magna Cum Laude from Cleveland State University, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in History. Brent attended law school at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2019. During law school, Brent served as a Business Editor of Cleveland State’s Law Review and on Moot Court’s Board of Governors.
Before joining Rosenthal | Thurman | Lane as a law clerk in 2017, Brent served as a judicial extern with the Honorable Melody Stewart at the Eighth District Court of Appeals. Brent has also assisted at his brother’s law firm, Cicero Law Firm, LLC, a Cleveland based probate and criminal law firm.
Brent is a Cleveland native and grew up in North Royalton. In his free time, he enjoys concerts, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.
Katherine Friedell – Of Counsel
Katherine focuses her practice on family law. She handles divorces, dissolutions, custody disputes, civil domestic violence actions and spousal and child support matters as well as juvenile court matters including support, custody and paternity. She has been involved in contested matters and trials as well as negotiated settlements. Katherine has represented clients in step-parent adoptions and has been involved in contested adoption matters. In her role as a family law attorney, she is familiar with the domestic relations courts in Cuyahoga County and surrounding counties. Katherine counsels clients prior to marriage on the pros and cons of pre-marital agreements and has been involved in the negotiation and drafting of pre-marital agreements.
As a member of the Center for Principled Family Advocacy, Katherine is committed to improving the process of marriage termination by involving the clients directly in the process through mediation-like alternatives to the adversarial court system. She is currently an officer of the Family Law Section of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Katherine taught high school English at Hawken School and was actively involved in the community and its schools, serving as the president of the Parent Teachers Organization at her children’s elementary school. Katherine is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of Applewood Centers, Inc., an agency committed to helping children and families in distress; and a member of the Women’s Program Committee of The Union Club. Katherine is married and has three grown children.
Katherine received her B.A. in English from The University of Michigan, Masters in English from Case Western Reserve University and graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Law with honors in 1992.