David L. Drechsler

  • Areas of Practice

    • Litigation

I help clients navigate inheritance controversies, commercial and real estate disputes, and intellectual property disputes. As a probate litigation attorney, I handle inheritance controversy disputes relating to wills, trusts and other forms of after-death designations. I often guide clients through the emotional and difficult conflicts that arise when handling complex trust interpretation and benefits administration matters. Whether it’s protecting the wealth and assets of an individual or working to secure a fair outcome for all parties, my experience allows me to ardently negotiate the unique probate system on behalf of my clients.


I also represent individuals and companies regarding all different types of business, and real estate controversies such as shareholder/partner disputes, uniform commercial code disputes, breach of agreements including non-competition agreements and tenant/landlord disputes as well as intellectual property involving patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets.


The most important part or my job is to determine what the client’s goals are early so that we can achieve those goals. It is also imperative that we work together to manage the case in a collaborative, transparent manner. I advocate for my clients and go to trial or arbitration when necessary, but when possible, I find ways to resolve disputes through settlements while ensuring my clients’ best interests.


  • Experience
      • Handles cases before the federal and state courts, and has vast experience in the following matters:
        • Inheritance controversy including complex probate matters pertaining to wills, trusts and even breach of fiduciary cases.
        • Business/commercial disputes including all different types of business disputes such as shareholder/partner disputes, uniform commercial code disputes, breach of agreements including non-competition agreements and otherwise.
        • Real estate disputes including business owners and tenants regarding disputes amongst each other at the location where they are renting or owning.
      • Served as a member of the firm’s Executive Committee (2009 - 2016)
      • Serves as the Partner-in-Charge of Buckingham’s Cleveland Office and was the former Litigation Practice Group leader for Cleveland
  • Education & Admissions
      • Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Cleveland, Ohio (J.D. cum laude, 1989)
        • Recipient: Top Student Award for trying cases in the clinic program
        • Part of a three-man team that advanced to National Mock Trial Competition for the first time in Case Western Reserve history
      • The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio (B.A., 1986)
    • Admissions
      • Ohio Bar
      • U.S. Supreme Court
      • U.S. Court of Claims
      • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
      • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
      • Member: American Bar Association
      • Member: Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
      • Member: Ohio State Bar Association
  • Awards & Honors
      • Listed by Best Lawyers in America® (2012-2019)
      • Selected for inclusion in Ohio’s Super Lawyers® (2007, 2009-2017), as voted by his peers
      • Selected for inclusion in Cleveland’s Top 50 Super Lawyers® (2009)
      • Selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers Business Edition® for Business Litigation (2015)
      • Recognized in Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition (2008-2010) and Super Lawyers Business Edition® for Business Litigation (2011)
      • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating of AV® Preeminent™, which is the highest possible rating in both legal and ethical standards as established by confidential opinions from members of the Bar
      • Recipient: Banks Baldwin Advocacy Award
  • Professional & Civic Involvement
      • Board Member of Open Doors Academy
      • Board Member of Case Western Reserve Alumni Association
      • Former Secretary and Member, Board of Trustees Akron Zoological Park and Member of the Executive Committee
      • General Counsel and former Board Member to Cleveland Treatment Center
      • Past President and Member, Board of Trustees: Akron UpDowntowners
  • Presentations & Publications
    • <strong>Presentations:</strong> <ul> <li>"<a href="https://www.bdblaw.com/crains-cleveland-recorded-webinar-sweetening-the-outcome-for-shareholders/">Sweetening the Outcome</a>," Crain's Cleveland Business Webinar (2017)</li> <li>"Cocktail Waitress," Ohio Society of Certified Professional Accountants - Cleveland Accounting Show (2016)</li> </ul> <strong>Publications:</strong> <ul> <li>"<a href="http://www.attorneyatlawmagazine.com/cleveland/david-drechsler/">Tradition &amp; Transition, High Stakes Litigation,"</a> <em>Attorney At Law Magazine</em> (2017)</li> <li>"<a href="http://digital.propertiesmag.com/publication/?m=15890&amp;l=1#{&quot;issue_id&quot;:357318,&quot;page&quot;:78}">Properties Magazine – Keeping Your One-of-a-Kind Plans, One-of-a-Kind</a>," <em>Properties Magazine</em> (2017)</li> <li>"<a href="http://digital.propertiesmag.com/publication/?m=15890&amp;l=1#{&quot;issue_id&quot;:283705,&quot;page&quot;:0}" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Repossession of Commercial Rental Real Estate</a>," <em>Properties Magazine</em> (2015)“Concealed or Embezzled Assets: An Alternative to Typical Civil Litigation,” <em>Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Journal </em>(2011)</li> <li>“Fiduciary Duties in Partnerships and Corporations: Similarities and Differences,” <em>Tort Law Journal of Ohio</em> (2008)</li> <li>“Assumed Responsibility: Are You Liable for More Than You Expect?” <em>Hardwood Floors</em> (2008)</li> <li>Quoted in “Going the Extra Mile – For Clients and Community,” <em>Smart Business Cleveland</em> (2008)</li> <li>“How an Innocent Gift Can be Undone after the Passing of a Loved One,” <em>BDB Advisor</em> (2007)</li> <li>“Tortious Interference with an Expectancy of an Inheritance,” <em>Tort Law Journal of Ohio</em> (2006)</li> <li>“Affiliated Business Arrangements: Real Estate Agents and Title Companies, Be Careful!” <em>Properties Magazine</em> (2006)</li> <li>Was the contributing editor for <em>Tort Law Journal of Ohio, </em>Thomson/West (2006-2008)</li> <li>Has written articles for <em>Smart Business Network</em>, formerly known as <em>Small Business News</em></li> </ul> <strong>Other topics written about:</strong> <ul> <li>Damages available for breach of lease agreement</li> <li>Trade secrets</li> <li>Noncompetition agreements</li> <li>Probate law issues</li> </ul>