Lisa M. Hawrot
Wheeling, WV
office 304.230.6973
  • Overview
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  • Distinctions
  • Admissions
  • Memberships
  • Publications & Presentations
  • Community Involvement
  • Resources

Ms. Hawrot’s primary areas of practice are complex domestic relations, minor and adult guardianships and conservatorships, real estate law, and general litigation matters.


  • Washington & Jefferson College, B.A., 1992
  • Ohio Northern University Claude W. Pettit College of Law, J.D., 1995


  • Representing individuals in West Virginia and Ohio in divorce and domestic relations cases involving child custody, visitation, alimony and equitable distribution
  • Representing individuals in high-asset divorce cases involving closely-held businesses, pension valuations and spousal support issues in West Virginia and Ohio
  • Experience in complex custody cases including multi-jurisdictional issues
  • Obtaining guardianships and conservatorships for adults and children
  • Representing clients in surrogacy matters and adoptions
  • Arguing before the WV Supreme Court enabling clients to adopt their foster child
  • Serving as Guardian ad Litem in many courts to serve the best interests of children in contentious custody cases and abuse/neglect cases
  • Representing clients in West Virginia and Ohio real estate matters including surface and mineral title examinations
  • Working with experts to value business interests and real estate
  • Assisting clients with probate and estate administration
  • Representing clients in civil litigation matters
Family Law Litigation Real Estate


  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Fellow
  • Martindale-Hubbell, Client Champion, 2020


  • West Virginia State Bar
  • Ohio State Bar
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit


  • Co-Chair, LGBTQ Committee, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • West Virginia State Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Ohio County Bar Association
  • Belmont County Bar Association
  • Belmont County Bar Grievance Committee

Publications & Presentations

  • Co-presenter, "Payroll Pitfalls: Navigating Payroll Deductions," February 27, 2012
  • Presenter, "Protecting Our Children in Court," West Virginia Childcare Association Conference, October 28, 2010
  • Presenter, "Probate Practice: The Essential Basics," NBI Seminar (June 29, 2010)
  • Co-Author, It''s all in How You Phrase it - How to Communicate Effectively in the Workplace and Prevent Conflict Among Employees, February 2010
  • Author, Child Support, Spousal Support and Medical Support Withholding: What Employers Need to Know, December 2009
  • Presenter, "Substance Abuse and the Courts: Do We Help the Parents or Protect the Children?" Share the Vision Conference 2009 - Charleston, WV, November 18, 2009
  • Presenter, "Guardian ad Litem's and CASA: Who''s Looking After the Children?" Share the Vision Conference - Charleston, WV, November 15, 2006

Community Involvement

  • Girl Scouts of Western Pennsylvania, Troop #51945, Daisy Group Leader
  • Trinity Area School District PTA Member
  • Facilities Corp. Board­­- Kappa Alpha Theta, Epsilon Omega Chapter, Former Secretary
  • CASA for Children, Inc. Board of Directors, Former Member
  • YWCA Board of Directors, Former Member
  • Sexual Assault Help Center Board of Directors, Former Member
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