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Lea Ann Sterling, Esq.

Lea Ann Sterling

Founder and Managing Attorney, Sterling Law, March 2001 to present. Attorney, Legal Aid Society of Columbus, Family Law Unit (1986-1997); Attorney, SPATER, GITTES & TERZIAN (1981-1986);

Juris Doctor, The Ohio State University College of Law (1980);

Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude, Ball State University (1975).

Lea Ann Sterling 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, Estate Planning/Probate, Criminal/Misdemeanor, Business Formation and Real Estate.

Attorney Of Counsel
*   40 years of legal experience; 50 years as a social justice activist

*    Assembled, trained, and supervises a “sterling” team of associate attorneys and support staff

*    Innovative and efficient manager of Sterling Law
*    Community leader

Mrs. Sterling has three adult children and is a grandmother. She enjoys camping, kayaking, gardening, bicycling, hiking, cooking, books, travel, history, and genealogy.  


State Bar of Michigan, Family Law Section and Representative Assembly; Leelanau County League of Women Voter’s; Empire Area Community Center, founding member; American Immigration Lawyers Association (2005-2009); Michigan Trial Lawyers Association (2004-2008); American Civil Liberties Union, Northwestern Michigan Chapter Board Member (2003-2009); Village of Empire Zoning Administrator (1999-2005); Ohio American Civil Liberties Union, Civil Liberties Award (1996); Ohioana Library Honoree (2000); Women Lawyers of Franklin County, Inc., Board Member, Chair, Community Service Committee (1990-1991); National Lawyers Guild; Columbus Bar Association (1986-1998).

Throughout her years of practice, Mrs. Sterling has handled all aspects of family law litigation, family-based immigration, estate planning and probate, and Social Security Disability cases. With the law firm Spater, Gittes & Terzian, Mrs. Sterling successfully represented plaintiffs in civil rights litigation, including police misconduct actions, sexual harassment claims, and employment discrimination cases, one being the federal race discrimination class action Police Officers for Equal Rights v. City of Columbus (1981-1986).
Mrs. Sterling travels extensively beginning as a young adult attending Ball State University London Centre, London England (1975) and the U.N. World Population Conference, Bucharest, Romania (1974). She has crisscrossed the United States in a Roadtrek, visits her adult children around the globe, of late spends some of each winter in Hawaii, but returns to the place she loves most, northern Michigan.


Success Story



Your time was always well spent on necessary research, preparation, all areas pertaining to my case - often beyond my expectations, always with beneficial results.  Your advice and forethought plus experience was appreciated.  Under such emotional circumstances it was a great comfort to put my trust in your judgment.

- Divorce Client