Sitterley Law LLC
Estate and Elder Planning


Passionate. Experienced. Responsive.


Jennifer Sitterley began her career in 2009 at her family’s firm, Sitterley, Vandervoort & Davis, Ltd., located in Lancaster, Ohio. For nearly 10 years, she worked alongside her father, Bill Sitterley, and two cousins, Craig and Jeff Vandervoort.

After a decade of dedication to issues that impact older adults, Jennifer uncovered a passion for elder law services. Her growth in the specialized area of practice inspired Jennifer’s decision to branch out in a new venture focused on elder care law.

Jennifer officially founded Sitterley Law, LLC in the summer of 2019. Her modern, welcoming practice is located in the historic Mithoff building in Lancaster, Ohio. The landmark location was recently revitalized by local entrepreneur, Brad Hutchinson, into a contemporary space that pays homage to Lancaster’s history.

Sitterley Law, LLC includes the insightful perspectives of paralegals Melissa Paxton and Heather Malinowski. Our team brings compassionate, client-focused legal services with an emphasis on providing thorough information and options to Fairfield County and surrounding areas.


Get in touch

At Sitterley Law LLC, we understand that estate and crisis planning can be overwhelming, so we offer a free initial consultation so you can make informed decisions about your options. We also offer flexible scheduling on some nights and weekends for those with busy schedules, like us! Please call or email for more information.

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Our Team


Certified Elder Law Attorney

Jennifer H. Sitterley

Currently one of 29 Certified Elder Law Attorneys by the National Elder Law Foundation in Ohio, one of 25 Certified Specialists in Elder Law by the Ohio State Bar Association, and the only one of each in Fairfield County, Jennifer takes her role as an advocate very seriously. She aims to provide responsive and highly specialized service to every client based on their individual goals and circumstances. She is so involved in this area of law that she has served on the planning committee and as a presenter for the Ohio State Bar Association’s annual Elder Law Institute, she offers free seminars in the community, and she is consistently asked to teach continuing legal education courses in her field. While she has had numerous opportunities to work in large cities, she has chosen to stay in her hometown and serve her community, doing what she loves.



Juris Doctor, Perantinides and Nolan Award, 2009

Master of Business Administration, With Distinction, 2006

Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, 2002

Legal Community

• President-Elect Ohio Chapter of NAELA
• Treasurer of the Fairfield County Bar Association
• Secretary of the Executive Committee of Fairfield County GOP

Awards & Certifications

• Certified Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation
• Certified Specialist in Elder Law by the Ohio State Bar Association
• 2019 Rising Star by Super Lawyers



Elder law paralegal

Melissa Paxton

Melissa has several years of paralegal experience, and she has been a natural at creating efficient and effective systems not only for our team, but for clients to use as helpful resources and guides. Melissa has been a huge asset in assisting individuals and family members through the stressful and sophisticated long-term care qualification process, and exhibits endless patience and a calm demeanor that is invaluable during demanding times.



Columbus State
A.A.S. Paralegal, 2009

Activities & Affiliations

• Tarhe Trails Parent Teacher Org, Co-Coordinator
• Pink Flamingo’s Relay for Life


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Certified Paralegal

Heather Lehman Malinowski

Heather has twenty years of experience as a certified paralegal, previously focusing on probate, litigation, real estate, and corporate work. She exhibits excellent attention to detail, responsiveness, and focuses on providing the highest level of service during a client’s representation. Heather is the lead paralegal regarding probate matters, such as estate administration, guardianships, and litigation cases.



Portland State University
B. A. Criminology

Activities & Affiliations

• Board of Directors for the Hunter's Run Conservancy District