Serving All of Delaware County
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The Attorney in our office, Doug Warnock, has been practicing law in Delaware County since 1978. Our paralegal and legal secretary have a combined 30 years of experience and work with care, diligence, and sensitivity to provide our clients with a level of service like no other law firm. They are experienced and have been with our firm for a long time. All members of our firm are “hands-on” with every case. We strive to provide comfort, understanding, and information to each client, regardless of the circumstances. Each member of our team takes great pride in offering a comfortable, family-like atmosphere at Douglas W. Warnock Co., LPA.
Douglas W. Warnock is the sole attorney in our firm. He has been practicing law in Delaware, Ohio, for over 35 years. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Doug sought to and did establish a “big city” law practice in a small town. Since 1978, he has lived and worked in Delaware. Along the way, he and his wife, Kathi, raised two adult sons and are now the proud grandparents of three. And, they have shared in and been part of community activities and the growth of Delaware County.
Doug graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University, magna cum laude, in 1975. He attended The Ohio State University (now Moritz) College of Law, graduating with honors in 1978. Doug passed the Ohio bar examination and was admitted to practice in Ohio in November, 1978. Since then, in several associations of attorneys, Doug has engaged in the general practice of law in Delaware. He has had his office at the current location, 20 East Central Avenue, since 1981.
Doug has done legal work and appeared in courtrooms all across the state of Ohio. He has acquired valuable experience and expertise in many areas of law, including domestic relations, estate planning, probate, personal injury, business and real estate litigation, title insurance, and criminal defense. As Delaware County grew rapidly through the 1980’s and 1990’s, so did the need for lawyers to “narrow” or “specialize” in areas of law in which they practice. While still called upon to take cases around Ohio, most of Doug’s law practice focuses on individuals and families here in Delaware County. The City of Delaware is the County seat. Delaware County’s courts and courtrooms, administrative offices, and legal center are in the City of Delaware. Doug has been part of and in the “middle” of these legal activities for almost four decades.
The most visible area of Doug’s law practice is in domestic relations. He has experiences with and he is very active in all types of cases involving divorce, dissolution of marriage, child custody, post-decree enforcement and modification, parentage (paternity), and prenuptial agreements. Doug has represented clients in some of the biggest and most difficult domestic relations cases in Delaware County. As recently as 2012, Doug successfully argued a significant domestic relations case before the Ohio Supreme Court.
Doug has achieved the highest - “AV” - rating by Martindale-Hubbell. He consistently has been recognized as a Top Lawyer by Columbus C. E. O. Magazine. In 2014, Doug received the "Best Lawyer Award" in a poll conducted by the Delaware Gazette. He currently is recognized in Best Lawyers in America, a national publication.
Doug is deeply involved in professional activities locally. He has been a member of and is the past president of the Delaware County Bar Association. He currently serves as the Chairperson of its Domestic Relations Committee. He served as a referee (which now would be called a Magistrate) in the Delaware Municipal Court. Doug was a leader in establishing the guardian ad litem (GAL) and Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) programs in the Delaware County Juvenile Court. He has been a coordinator and volunteer in the Delaware County Interfaith Legal Service Clinic since its inception in 2003. In 2009, the legal clinic was recognized by the Ohio State Bar Foundation as the Outstanding Program on the state.
Doug has been equally committed to community service. He was a three-term president of the Delaware County District Library Board of Trustees during his 16 years of service. He has been a member and leader of various boards, campaigns, and projects for the Delaware City Schools, the Delaware County Health Department, the Delaware County United Way, the Delaware County Speech and Hearing Center, and William Street United Methodist Church.
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Donna Lewis joined our firm in 2001. She has over 26 years of legal experience. Donna attended and graduated with honors from Columbus State Community College in 1988. She immediately was accepted into the Capital University Law School paralegal program, which she completed while working full time in a law firm. Donna graduated with honors from the Capital University Law School Certified Legal Assistant Program in 1989. She has worked as a paralegal ever since.
Donna performs various tasks for Douglas W. Warnock Co., LPA. She works closely with all of our clients, particularly those involved in domestic relations cases. Some of her tasks for those types of cases include: meeting and keeping in touch with clients; communicating with attorneys, court staff, and witnesses; scheduling appointments, depositions, and court appearances; managing and tracking files; working on discovery requests and responses; and, all aspects of trial preparations.
Donna also spends significant time with our clients who are involved with probate cases and estate administration following the death of a loved one. Donna communicates with the executor and various family members; assists with determining and verifying the estate assets and liabilities; aids in the transfer of the estate assets pursuant to the Will; and, monitors the required deadlines of the Court.
Donna is a life-long resident of Delaware County where she resides with her husband and three children. Donna enjoys spending time with her family and attending her children’s sporting and school events. Donna also enjoys being outdoors, reading, and cooking.
Joined the firm in November 1998
Pam is the legal secretary for our firm. She is actively involved in all phases of the office, including extensive client contact. She is available to our clients on a daily basis. Pam is responsible for scheduling appointments, fielding phone calls and e-mails, maintaining the office calendar, keeping track of due dates, opening and organizing new files, billing, and maintaining confidentiality of clients’ information.
Before joining our firm, Pam had many years’ experience in executive administrative positions in the banking industry and privately-held companies. She has taken various secretarial and computer training courses throughout her career, and has attended numerous career-enhancement seminars.
Pam and her husband, Steve, have lived in Delaware County for almost 20 years.
They have three adult daughters and eight adorable grandchildren.