Cara L. Santosuosso

Cara L. Santosuosso

Principal - 2008-Present
Rocky River, Ohio
(440) 356-5405
Cara L. Santosuosso is recognized as a leading litigator, accomplished practitioner, and skilled negotiator in the area of family law.  In addition to her skill in the courtroom, Cara is certified as a mediator, and trained as a collaborative law attorney and parenting coordinator.  Cara has spent most of her legal career ensuring the protection of children, and fighting for the legal rights of children, parents and litigants in many courts and all stages of the litigation process, from initial filing through appeal.  Her extensive experience gives her a unique understanding of her clients’ wishes and obligations, allowing her to successfully seek creative and cost-effective resolutions in her cases.

In addition, Cara’s experience as a civil and criminal litigator allows us to offer our clients well-rounded and comprehensive legal services.   

Cara is a native of Cleveland’s west side, and is a proud graduate of John Carroll University and the Cleveland Marshall College of Law.  A classically trained pianist and soprano, in her spare time she pursues her passions for music and theater.  She also volunteers in several community organizations, and keeps busy with her husband and two young daughters.

Cara is admitted to practice in all courts in the State of Ohio, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio and the federal Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Divorce
  • Child Custody & Visitation
  • Contested Child Custody
  • Child Support
  • Marital Property Division
  • Grandparents Rights
  • Parent Visitation
  • Employment Law
  • Litigation of claims for harassment and wrongful discharge
  • Negotiation of severance agreements
  • Breach of Contract
  • Race Discrimination
  • Age Discrimination
  • Disability Discrimination
  • Gender Discrimination
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Retaliation – Whistleblower and Workers’ Compensation claims
  • Pregnancy Discrimination
  • Family Medical Leave Act
  • National Origin Discrimination
  • Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, 1998
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio, 1999
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 2006


  • Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland, Ohio
    • J.D. - 1998
  • John Carroll University, University Heights, Ohio
    • B.A. magna cum laude - 1995
    • Major: English

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Member
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Member
  • Ohio Women’s Bar Association , Member
  • Justinian Forum (Society of Italian-American Legal Professionals), Member
  • Magnificat High School Alumnae Board, Past Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Rotatori, Bender, Gragel, Stoper & Alexander Co., L.PA., Cleveland, OH, Associate Attorney, 2005 - 2008
  • State of Ohio, Eighth District Court of Appeals, Cleveland, OH, Judicial Attorney, 2003 - 2005
  • Office of the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor, Cleveland, OH, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Children and Family Services Unit, 1999 - 2003
  • Goldberg & O’Shea and The Roberts Law Firm, Cleveland, OH, Of Counsel, 1998 - 1999


  • English (Primary)