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James Cairns


Providing an Affordable, Efficient Solution to Uncontested Divorce in Pennsylvania

Attorney Jim Cairns is an Erie area native who has been practicing law for over 28 years. He has helped men and women throughout the state end their marriages in the most convenient and cost-efficient manner possible. As a lawyer, he is committed to providing comprehensive legal services. After encountering numerous delays and unnecessary expenses during his own divorce, attorney Cairns recognized the need for an updated approach to the divorce process. He decided to concentrate on using technology to create a method that would more affordably serve his clients in the areas of divorce (simple, uncontested, no-fault). This involves:

This technology-driven method of completing a divorce soon formed Cairns Law Offices.

Education & Background

Jim has been a Professor at Pennsylvania State University, lecturing in estate planning for divorced, single, and married clients. He holds a Juris Doctorate degree from Cleveland Marshall College of Law, and holds a Master's Degree in Administration from Mercyhurst College. Jim has been a Registered Investment Advisor and the Director of Retirement Services at an Erie, PA financial firm where he consulted with divorced clients regarding proper financial planning. In addition, he has held Life, Accident, and Health Insurance Producer's licensure. Attorney Cairns has been a frequent speaker at various legal and financial workshops.

He has a background in social work, counseling, and education, and has worked with the Gertrude A. Barber Center and Perseus House non-profit organizations.

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Helping the Community

As a member of the community, he is dedicated to helping Pennsylvania's at-risk youth by working as a volunteer for Attorneys and Kids Together (AKT), the Erie County Bar Association's community project. This program is designed to support the educational needs of students who are living in homeless situations and most likely to drop out of school.

He has also volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, and has taught in the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law "Street Law" program and various summer youth education projects.

Personal Life

Jim developed and sponsored Nicaragua's 30th Anniversary of Literacy Celebration. He is also developing a wellness vacation destination in the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. He also holds a second-degree black belt in martial arts and has been a volunteer teacher of Goshin Jutsu Karate.

Our Goal

It is our goal to provide Pennsylvanians with the best service for simple, no-fault, uncontested divorce. At Cairns Law Offices, $299 divorce includes all court costs, so you can complete your divorce and rebuild your life cheaply and affordably! We make it easy to file your divorce online. Start today!

For more information, contact Cairns Law Offices! Call (888) 863-9115. Se habla Español.

Representative Clients

  • Clients needing Affordable Divorce Representation.
  • Clients needing Financial and Estate Planning.

Areas Of Practice


  • Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland, Ohio
    • J.D. - 1995
  • Mercyhurst College, Erie, Pennsylvania
    • M.S. - 1992
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Major: Administration
  • Indiana University of PA, Indiana, Pennsylvania
    • B.A. - 1988
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Major: Criminology


  • English
  • Spanish

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, 1995
  • Pennsylvania, 2002

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • PA Bar Association
  • Erie County Bar Association

Past Employment Positions

  • Sosinc Communications, Sioux City, IA, Assistant General Counsel, Vice President of Customer Support, 2000 - 2002
  • Centurion Telecommunications, Columbus, OH, Assistant General Counsel, 1998 - 2000
  • Cairns & Cambell, Cleveland, OH , Managing Partner, 1995 - 1997

Classes / Seminars

  • Estate Planning, Penn State University
  • Business Law, Tri-State Business Institute

Pro Bono Activities

  • AKT- Attorneys and Kids Together
  • Developed & Sponsored Nicaragua's 30th Anniversary of Literacy Celebration

Ancillary Businesses

  • Financial Planning for Divorced and Married Clients
  • Retirement Planning for Divorced and Married Clients
  • Divorce Wizard Our streamlined Divorce Wizard to get the process started.
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