Lea Ann Sterling has been the founder and managing attorney of Sterling Law since 2001. She has 38 years of legal experience and 48 years as a social justice activist. She was previously an attorney with the Legal Aid Society of Columbus, Family Law Unit and an attorney with Spater, Gittes & Terzian. She earned her Juris Doctor from the Ohio State University College of Law and her Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude, from Ball State University class of 1975. Lea Ann has been a member of the Michigan Bar since 1998. First admitted to the bar in Ohio in 1981, Mrs. Sterling practiced law in Columbus. In 1997, she began a sabbatical to write, travel, and relocate from Ohio to Michigan. Her first book, Historic Homes of Olde Towne (1999) won the Ohio Historical Society’s 2000 Public Education and Awareness Award. Historic Cottages of Mackinac Island (2001), is on the Michigan Governor’s List of Best Books of 2001. She established Sterling Law in March 2001 with renowned attorney Dean Robb as her mentor. Sterling Law became the Northern Michigan affiliate of the American Divorce Association for Men (ADAM), specializing in the family law needs of men. In addition to family law, the firm also provides legal services in the areas of: immigration, social security disability, bankruptcy, estate planning/probate, and real estate.
Lea Ann Sterling discusses her experience establishing a successful law firm before practice management tools became popular, the importance of getting advice from reliable experts about technology and bookkeeping and how to find such help.
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