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Hollywood Life
Khloe Kardashian and Tristan Thompson’s Custody Case Could Get ‘Very Messy’: Lawyer Explains
February 27, 2019

2018 Ohio Super Lawyers
Cleveland family law attorney Andrew Zashin gets a 6th Circuit ruling that brings consistency to cases involving vulnerable children
November 8, 2018

Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Adjunct Professors Zashin, Keating and Reynolds take on path-breaking Hague Convention Case
June 21, 2018

2018 Ohio Super Lawyers
Family law attorney Andrew Zashin asks the 6th Circuit to bring consistency to cases involving vulnerable children
June 19, 2018

Cleveland Jewish News
Landmark international residence case could impact those making aliyah
June 14, 2018

WJR Detroit – Audio Interview
Attorney Andrew Zashin chats with Guy Gordon to discuss the new Illinois law for dogs when parents are getting a divorce.
January 2, 2018

Cleveland Jewish News
Surrogacy, child custody laws develop as cases arise
November 21, 2017

Smart Business Cleveland
2017 Smart Business Family Business Achievement Awards
September 2017

Crain's Cleveland Business
Ohio Employers Confront Marijuana Use
July 22, 2017

Lake View Cemetery Heritage ReView
Trustee Spotlight: Andrew Zashin
Spring 2017

Sports Illustrated
Lane Johnson's Bold Move To Sue His Own Union Is Rare, But Not Unprecedented
January 11, 2017

Law360
Packers Player Drops NFL Drug Suspension Dispute
December 19, 2016

Sports Business Daily
NFL, NFLPA Appoint Das As Third Arbitrator In Michael Pennel Lawsuit
December 5, 2016

Sports Business Journal
Eagles Lineman Challenges NFL and NFLPA in NLRB Filings
December 5, 2016

Law360
Eagles Lineman Says Suspension Violates Federal Labor Law
November 29, 2016

The Business of Sports with Andrew Brandt
RTAB #30: Lane Johnson's Legal Team (Audio Interview)
November 29, 2016

Cleveland Jewish News
Ohio Woman Receives Orthodox Divorce Decree
January 14, 2016

BNA's Health Law Reporter
Surprise! The NLRB Says You Just Might Be a 'Joint Employer'
September 24, 2015

BNA's Health Law Reporter
NLRB Adopts New Joint Employer Standard; Ruling Could Affect Health-Care Industry
September 3, 2015

BNA's Health Law Reporter
Challenge to NLRB Election Rule Fails; Employers Urged to Prepare New Game Plan
June 11, 2015

American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law
Member Spotlight: George S. Crisci
April 13, 2015

The Plain Dealer
Attorney Goes To Bat for Northeast Ohio
January 18, 2015

Cleveland Jewish News
Profile on Andrew Zashin
January 15, 2015

"Here and Now" National NPR Show - Audio Interview
In A Divorce, Who Gets To Keep The Dog?
December 4, 2014

Crain's - Article and Video
Zashin & Rich embraces Cleveland roots and rock 'n' roll heritage
November 16, 2014

BNA's Health Law Reporter
Justices Reject NLRB Recess Appointments; Significant Health Care Decisions in Limbo
July 10, 2014

BNA's Health Law Reporter
The EEOC and FTC Turn Up the Heat on Employer Background Checks
April 2014

Crain’s
Zashin & Rich move marks big milestone
for E&Y Tower
November 2013

Cleveland.com
Zashin & Rich law firm leases last full floor of Ernst & Young Tower at Flats East Bank project
November 2013

Associated Press
US Claims Father Illegally Moved Kids to Gaza
May 2012

2012 Ohio Super Lawyers
Mentors | Andrew Zashin: Reminiscing About Robert Zashin
January 2012

CCH Employment Law Daily
NLRB NEWS - Controversy Erupts Over NLRB Recess Appointments
January 2012

Huff Post
Divorce's Impact On Small Businesses Can Be 'Immense'
October 2011

The Today Show - Video
Accused Facebook bigamist heads to court
September 2010

MSNBC
Facebook Busts Accused Bigamist - Woman Finds Her Prince Charming Has Married Another
July 2010

WKYC - Article and Video
Cleveland woman discovers husband's 'other' wife via Facebook
July 2010

Cleveland Jewish News
New custody center in Israel is Zashin’s passion
January 1, 2010

Worth Magazine
Top 100 Attorneys 2007
Andrew Zashin

Inside Business Magazine
Connecting Through Separation
Profile on Andrew Zashin
December 2007

Cleveland Jewish News
Valuing and dividing assets at the time of divorce
By Andrew Zashin, Esq.
February 2007

Case School of Law: In Brief
Plugged into Family, the Law, and Cleveland
Alumni Spotlight on Andrew Zashin
Spring 2005

Cleveland Magazine
The Divorcing Woman’s Best Friend
Feature Article Profiling Andrew Zashin
November 2004

Crain’s
Companies should consider coverage against employee-related claims
By Stephen Zashin | July 2004

Crain’s
ADR programs can save dollars and time
By Stephen Zashin | November 2003

COSE Update: Legal Ease
One Size Does Not Fit All
(Employment Practices Liability Insurance)
By Stephen Zashin

COSE Update: Legal Ease
Noncompete Agreements
By Michele Jakubs

COSE Update: Legal Ease
Ohio's 'Baby COBRA' Law
By Helena Oroz

Inside Business Magazine

Connecting Through Separation | A Profile on Andrew Zashin

December 2007 | By Morgan Lewis Jr. | Download PDF of Article

Connecting Through Separation | A Profile on Andrew Zashin

Andrew Zashin minimizes the damage created by divorce and child custody battles by listening to his clients’ goals.

It’s almost absurd to hear Andrew Zashin talk about his fear of becoming a “legal robot.”

The animated 39-yearold co-managing partner of Cleveland’s family, labor and employment relations firm Zashin & Rich Co. LPA speaks in a rapid-fire patter, jumps from his chair or rolls in it across the room to illustrate a point. He’s not exactly mechanical.

“If you’re a legal robot, you’re just not going to do good law,” says Zashin, thumping the conference table with his fist for emphasis in his Public Square office. “If there’s a lack of sensitivity, if there’s an inability to appreciate people’s feelings, that’s a big problem.”

Knowledge of human emotions is almost as important as legal expertise for attorneys in Zashin’s practice. He and his colleagues concentrate on some of life’s most difficult processes: divorce, marriage dissolution, child custody disputes and property division. When families collapse, Zashin has to act as not only an attorney, but part psychologist, business adviser and social worker all at the same time.

Connecting with people is a talent,” Zashin says. “I’m not sure how well it can be learned, but it’s something we’ve done well. If we didn’t have that secret ingredient, I’m not sure we’d be where we are today.

Although he runs a firm with 20 attorneys, 35 employees and a Columbus satellite office, he’s also the father of four children, ages 2 to 10 years old, and teaches a family law class at Case Western Reserve University, his law school alma mater. You wonder where he finds the energy.

“The discipline yields dramatic rewards,” the Shaker Heights resident says of his busy life. “You change the way you live and you change what’s important to you and you change your priorities.”

But Zashin is no angel and not exactly an idealist. In his class at Case, his third-year law students often begin the course with the fantasy in their minds that family law will be like a TV lawyer soap opera, or that it will help them change the world. Those dreams don’t last long.

“Both of these people are in for a profound disappointment,” says Zashin. “Because it’s none of these things. It’s a lot of ugly law and it’s very hard, and often times the result isn’t very pretty.”

Just when it sounds like his nearly 15 years as one of the region’s top divorce attorneys is starting to wear him down, his optimism appears.

Divorce is a destroyer,” Zashin says. “It’s a destroyer of lives; it’s a destroyer of children; it’s a destroyer of emotion and families; and it’s a destroyer of wealth. But there are some times where you are able to think out of the box and you can do people and generations a world of good.

Zashin joined the firm in 1993 after law school. Zashin & Rich was founded by Andrew’s father, Robert, in 1981. Although Andrew didn’t feel pressure to become an attorney, the Pepper Pike native always knew it would be his destiny after years of watching his father, who before forming the firm was a trial referee in Cuyahoga County’s domestic relations court.

“I grew up with people calling the home at all hours and screaming,” says Zashin, who fields calls like those from clients on his personal cell phone. “My father was a divorce lawyer before there really were divorce lawyers. It’s been in my blood.”

In 1997, Zashin’s younger brother and fellow Case Law grad, Stephen, 37, joined the firm to launch its Employment and Labor practice group, an area that has surpassed the firm’s Family Relations group in terms of size. Stephen is also co-managing partner at the firm.

Andrew excels in family law because he listens to his clients’ goals,” Stephen says. “He regularly puts his ego aside in order to achieve the results his clients desire. Andrew is aggressive, caring, responsive and incredibly thorough.

After watching countless marriages fall apart, Andrew’s experience has taught him what it takes to keep his own 14-year marriage to his wife, Lisa, together.

“You always have to feel like you’re sacrificing even more than your spouse or your children,” Zashin says. “If you can’t live with that selflessness, then don’t get married and don’t have kids. … Why do marriages fall apart? At the root, it’s always selfishness.”