Jennifer Himmelein joined Cavitch in July 2004 as a litigation paralegal and in August of 2009 as an associate attorney.
Jennifer focuses her practice in family law, including domestic relations, juvenile, probate and mediation. In Domestic Relations Court, Jennifer has handled cases involving divorce, dissolution, legal separation, child custody and visitation, parental alienation, domestic violence, spousal support, child support, post-decree modifications and disputes, registration of foreign orders, property division disputes, contempt proceedings, parental relocation and other enforcement actions.
Jennifer regularly serves as a Court-appointed Guardian ad Litem. In Juvenile Court, Jennifer has handled paternity, child support proceedings, custody and visitation disputes, and other private custody and support disputes between unmarried parents. Jennifer has worked with couples, including same-sex couples, to draft prenuptial agreements. Jennifer has handled guardianships of minors and minor name change application proceedings in Probate Court. Jennifer practices regularly in Cuyahoga, Lorain, Lake, and Medina Counties and also has experience in Summit, Portage, Erie, Ashtabula, Geauga and other surrounding counties. Jennifer has received extensive mediation training and specialized divorce and domestic abuse mediation training and expects to be certified as a Parent Coordinator by the end of 2016.
Jennifer received her Juris Doctor degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University in 2009, Cum Laude. In 2004, she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Paralegal Studies and Criminal Justice from Kent State University, Summa Cum Laude. During law school, she worked full time as a general litigation paralegal with Cavitch, was an associate and managing editor of the Cleveland-Marshall Journal of Law and Health, and received numerous academic awards.
Jennifer is licensed to practice in the State of Ohio and Northern District of Ohio. She is a co-editor for Matthew Bender & Co.’s Ohio Transaction Guide and has several articles published in the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Journal.
Jennifer is actively involved with volunteer efforts with the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association and The Legal Aid Society. She has received awards from both organizations for her leadership and volunteer efforts. She currently organizes and leads the monthly Pro Se Divorce Clinics and bi-monthly Pro Se Plus Divorce Clinics for the CMBA and The Legal Aid Society. Jennifer also volunteers her time as a mentor for law students at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, volunteers for Pro Se Divorce Clinics in Lake County and volunteers for Brief Advice Clinics sponsored by the Akron Bar Association.
Jennifer is a native of San Diego, California, but grew up in Willoughby, Ohio, where she currently resides with her husband and two children.