Manu Raj

Manu Raj

Manu Raj
Cleveland, Ohio

Manu is proud graduate of Walsh Jesuit High School in Akron, The Ohio State University, and the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.

Formerly with Dworken & Bernstein in Painesville, and the Law Offices of Joyce E. Barrett in Cleveland, Manu has practiced in Northeast Ohio courts for nearly 20 years exclusively in the area of domestic relations and family and juvenile law. He is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, Cleveland Metropolitan, Lake and Geauga Counties Bar Associations.

In addition to his litigation practice, Mr. Raj is a Family Law Mediator and is trained in both Collaborative Practice and Principled Negotiation methods of alternate dispute resolution. Mr. Raj is a founding member and past President (2004) of The Center for Principled Family Advocacy, a Founder and current member of the Cleveland Academy of Collaborative Professionals. The Cleveland Academy is a group of elite collaborative practice professionals who focus their practice on collaborative solutions to family law disputes.

Manu is a Life Member of the Who's Who of Distinguished Lawyers of America, and is regularly selected by his peers as a Super Lawyer of Ohio. In 2011 Manu was identified as an AV "Preeminent" Lawyer through the Peer Review Rating System of Martindale- Hubbell. The "AV Rating" is the highest possible rating used to identify attorneys as to both their legal ability and ethical standards.

Mr. Raj has been an active presenter at seminars on all topics related to domestic relations and juvenile law in Ohio, as well as being a national speaker and trainer in collaborative law.

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, 1996
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio, 1997


  • Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland, Ohio
    • J.D.
  • The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
    • B.A.
    • Honors: Sphinx, The Senior Honorary
    • Major: English Literature


  • Nuts and Bots of Domestic Relations
  • Family Law in Ohio

Honors and Awards

  • Life Member, Who's Who Distinguished Lawyer of America
  • AV “Preeminent” Lawyer through the Peer Review Rating System of Martindale- Hubbell

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Lake County Bar Association, Member
  • Geauga County Bar Association, Member
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Member
  • Medina County Bar Association, Former Chairperson, Domestic Relations Committee
  • Center for Principled Family Advocacy, Founding Member
  • Center for Principled Family Advocacy, President, 2004
  • Cleveland Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Law Offices of Joyce Barrett, Associate, 1998 - 2000
  • Marco Marco & Bailey, Associate, 1996 - 1998
  • Dworken & Bernstein in Painesville


  • Hindi