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  • Ohio - 1980
  • United States Military Courts - 1981
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio - 1985
  • State University of New York at Stony Brook, B.A. - 1977
  • University of Toledo College of Law, J.D. - 1980
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Wood County Bar Association
  • Toledo Bar Association

Fred brings to the representation of all his clients an earnest desire, skills and knowledge developed over the years, to achieve the best possible outcome and resolution to the problems confronting clients, their families or their business.

You will have at your disposal his education, thirty plus years of experience, the collaboration with the firm and many faceted skills to obtain practical and creative solutions to the issues confronting you.

For over 30 years he has focused on the area of family law - dissolutions, divorce, parenting matters, custody and support issues. In the late 1980's, Fred served as one of two domestic relations referees for the Wood County Common Pleas Court, hearing the entire spectrum of domestic relations cases and making decisions on hundreds of cases. Since then, Fred has represented hundreds of clients in a wide range of family related matters, helping to find resolutions to complicated, emotional issues facing families.

Fred has been practicing law since 1980, starting as a Judge Advocate General (JAG) in the United States Navy, from 1980 to 1984. Fred litigated hundreds of cases for both the prosecution and defense. He also served as a special assistant United States attorney. After leaving active duty he continued to serve the Navy, Navy families and veterans for 26 years as a reservist, until he retired in 2010.

Following his active duty in the Navy, he moved to Bowling Green in 1985 and continued litigating cases as a public defender handling hundreds of cases, both misdemeanors and felonies. In 1987, Fred was appointed to the bench as a Domestic Relations Referee (now known as a Magistrate) in the Wood County Court of Common Pleas. In that capacity he heard and decided hundreds of divorces, dissolutions and family law related issues.

In 1989, he joined the law firm of Rayle & Stearns and in 1993 became a partner in Rayle, Matthews and Coon. Having been a Domestic Relations Referee, his practice focuses on divorces, dissolutions, custody and parenting issues and related juvenile court parenting cases as well. His current work includes mediating disputes between parties, representing parties in divorces, dissolutions and many family related matters and also includes serving as a Guardian ad litem.

Fred is married to his wife Jeanne of 35 years. They have three children, two daughters, a son and 2 grandsons.