Anthony R. Vacanti

  • Areas of Practice

    • Real Estate & Construction
    • Oil & Gas
    • Land Use & Zoning

As a property rights attorney, I advocate on behalf of real property owners and developers in land use, zoning, eminent domain, real property tax and real estate transactional matters.


I have a depth of experience representing property owners and developers in administrative and court proceedings concerning real estate and real property disputes. Such experience enables me to provide my clients with unique and comprehensive insight when negotiating real estate transactions.


My clients benefit from my ability to cooperate with localities as it is often critical in completing real estate projects. No matter the issue, I provide clients with comprehensive representation by strategically advocating for your business objectives before numerous councils, boards, and courts across Northeast Ohio and beyond.

Tony Vacanti

  • Experience
      • Practice focuses on matters involving real estate, land use, zoning, development and eminent domain
      • Regularly appears before administrative boards and courts concerning zoning and land use matters and works with clients and governmental entities to ensure compliance with local zoning and development regulations
      • Represents property owners in eminent domain actions and real property tax valuation matters
      • Represents clients in all aspects of real estate transactions and developments, including the leasing, acquisition and sale of real estate, drafting complex real estate documents, addressing title and other due diligence matters
      • As an intern, investigated adult felonies for the Public Defender Service in Washington, D.C., interviewed witnesses and victims and worked with attorneys on details of criminal cases
      • Served as a legislative intern in the United States Senate in Washington, D.C.
  • Education & Admissions
      • Case Western Reserve University Law School, Cleveland, Ohio (J.D., magna cum laude, 2006)
      • American University, Washington, D.C. (B.A., 2002)
    • Admissions
      • Ohio Bar
      • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
      • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • Awards & Honors
      • Selected for inclusion in Ohio’s Super Lawyers® – Rising Stars™ (2009-2013), as voted by his peers
      • Recipient: Case Law Leadership Award (2006)
      • Member: Moot Court Board (2005)
      • Recipient: A.B. and L.M. Harris Philosophy Award
      • Recipient: CALI Excellence for the Future Awards in: Criminal Procedure, Land Use Control, and Environmental Aspects of Business Transactions
  • Professional & Civic Involvement
      • President, Board of Directors: Cleveland Kids in Need Resource Center
      • Member, Board of Trustees: Hudson Montessori School
      • Volunteer Moot Court Team Judge: Case Western Reserve University
      • Volunteer Mock Trial Judge: Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
      • Member: Order of the Coif
      • Member: National Moot Court Team
      • Treasurer: Big Brothers Big Sisters – Case Big Buddies Program
      • Teaching Assistant, Appellate Practice
      • Vice President: Delta Chi Fraternity
    • Associations
      • Member: Akron Bar Association
      • Member: American Bar Association
      • Member: Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
      • Member: Ohio State Bar Association
      • Representative: Ohio State Bar Association, New Lawyers Section Council
  • Presentations & Publications
    • <strong>Presentations:</strong> <ul> <li>“Ohio Case Law Update – Update on Adverse Possession,” Buckingham, Doolittle &amp; Burroughs, LLC Annual Real Estate &amp; Construction Law Seminar (2012)</li> <li>“NBI: Navigating Local Land Use Laws,” Navigating the Maze of Land Use Application Procedures (2011)</li> <li>“Landlord Remedies upon Default: Navigating the Minefield of a Landlord's Right to Terminate and Re-Take Possession,” Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (2011)</li> <li>“Landlord Remedies upon Default: Navigating the Minefield of a Landlord's Right to Terminate and Re-Take Possession,” Real Estate Law Institute (2011)</li> <li>“Land Use and Eminent Domain: Balancing Private Rights and Public Interest,” Akron Area Board of Realtors (2010)</li> <li>“Updates in Real Property Law,” Buckingham, Doolittle &amp; Burroughs Annual Real Estate &amp; Construction Law Seminar (2010)</li> <li>“The Covenant of Quiet Enjoyment – How Quiet Does it Have to Be?,” Cleveland Real Estate Law Institute (2008)</li> <li>“New Home Construction,” Ohio State Bar Association (2008)</li> <li>“Use It or (Potentially) Lose It: Adverse Possession in Ohio,” Buckingham, Doolittle &amp; Burroughs Annual Real Estate &amp; Construction Law Seminar (2007)</li> <li>Summit County Land Title Association (2007)</li> <li>“Lease Enforcement Issues” (2007)</li> </ul> <strong>Publications:</strong> <ul> <li>Co-Author "<a href=";ver=html5&amp;p=24#{&quot;page&quot;:24,&quot;issue_id&quot;:398895}">Denoting the Denominator</a>," <em>Crain's Cleveland</em> (2017)</li> <li>"<a href=";l=1#{&quot;issue_id&quot;:292912,&quot;page&quot;:66}" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Does your Ohio real estate tax bill need a little spring cleaning</a>?" <em>Properties Magazine</em> (2016)</li> <li>“Equity and Ethics: The Procuring Cause Doctrine and a Broker’s Fiduciary Duty.” <em>Properties Magazine</em> (2012)</li> <li>“Is the Government Responsible for Damages Resulting from Sewer Backups?” <em>Properties Magazine</em> (2011)</li> <li>“Conditions in a Contract: Satisfy or Be Sorry!,” <em>Properties Magazine</em> (2011)</li> <li>“Report or Regret: Reporting Requirements for Landlords,” <em>Properties Magazine</em> (2011)</li> <li>“Real Estate Deals Live by the Written Word and may Die by the Written Word,” <em>Properties Magazine</em> (2010)</li> <li>“The United States Supreme Court Continues to Grapple with Property Rights and the Constitution,” <em>Properties Magazine</em> (2010)</li> <li>“Managing Construction Claims and Disputes – Providing Notice of Claims,” <em>Properties Magazine</em> (2010)</li> <li>“Watch Your Step! The Supreme Court Navigates the Intersection of Premises Liability and Ohio Building Code Violations,” <em>Properties Magazine</em> (2009)</li> <li>“Real Property Values Are Declining – Is Your Tax Bill?,” <em>Properties Magazine</em> (2009)</li> <li>“Uncertain Times and Uncertain Tenancies: Issues in Lease Enforcement,” <em>Properties Magazine</em> (2009)</li> <li>“Purchase Options and Rights of First Refusal: The Devil is in the Details,”<em> Properties Magazine</em> (2009)</li> <li>“The Ohio Supreme Court Clarifies Ohio Regulatory Takings Jurisprudence,” <em>Properties Magazine</em> (2008)</li> </ul>