Dustin J. Vrabel

  • Areas of Practice

    • Business
    • Mergers & Acquisitions

I am a corporate lawyer who advises business clients on significant merger and acquisition and commercial transactions. I counsel large and closely-held businesses and private equity investors on their acquisition and sale strategies. Because I invest the time to understand my clients’ business needs and objectives, many of my corporate clients retain me as their outside general counsel where I become an extension of their in-house team. I address the legal issues and risks in transactions and develop solid relationships with my clients’ other advisers, so that my clients can focus their attention on the importance of growing their businesses or realizing their investments.


I offer my clients the most value when negotiating agreements and complex business transactions. My transaction practice focuses on deal values ranging from several million to more than $200 million across the transportation and logistics, manufacturing, food, construction, health care, oil and gas and services industries.


While my approach is to keep clients out of court unless absolutely necessary, I draft and negotiate contracts with an eye towards how a judge or jury would view such documents in court. I take into account, and review, the opportunities and risks with my clients so they stay informed, in control, and confident throughout the transaction process.


  • Experience
      • Member of the Business Law Practice Group
      • Counsels clients on mergers and acquisitions, corporate transactions, general corporate and business matters
      • Serves as outside general counsel for many clients
      • Has led transaction teams and advised clients on the purchase and sale of businesses and divisions with transaction values ranging from several million to in excess of $200 million
      • Experience includes complex mergers, acquisitions and divestitures in the transportation and logistics, manufacturing, food, construction, health care, oil and gas and service industries
      • Experience in the following areas:
        • Mergers & acquisitions
        • Corporate transactions
        • Entity formation
        • Real estate transactions
        • Contract analysis and negotiation
        • Shareholder/Partnership matters
        • HIPAA; Stark Law; Medicaid/Medicare Reimbursement; Fraud and Abuse
  • Education & Admissions
      • Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn, New York (J.D., 2007)
      • Miami University, Oxford, Ohio (B.S., 2004)
    • Admissions
      • Ohio Bar
      • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • Awards & Honors
      • Selected for inclusion in Ohio’s Super Lawyers® - Rising Stars™ (2001-2015), as voted by his peers
  • Professional & Civic Involvement
      • Member: Saint Michael the Archangel Catholic Church
      • Member: Board of Directors, Central Catholic High School
      • Member, Board of Directors: Habitat for Humanity of Stark and Carroll Counties
      • Member, Executive Board: Buckeye Council, Boy Scouts of America
      Past Affiliations
      • Graduate: Leadership Stark County
    • Associations
      • Member: American Bar Association, Business Law Section, Antitrust Section, Mergers and Acquisitions Committee
      • Member: Ohio State Bar Association
      • Member: Stark County Bar Association
      • Member: Stark County Bar Association, Administrative Committee for the Corporate Law Section
  • Presentations & Publications
    • <strong>Presentations:</strong> <ul> <li>Speaker: “Essential Legal Issues when Transferring Your Business,” Ohio Employee Ownership Center (2010)</li> <li>Speaker: “Introduction to Employee Stock Ownership Plans,” Ohio Employee Ownership Center (2008)</li> <li>Speaker: “LLC, LLP and Partnership Liability Issues,” Lorman Education Seminar (2008)</li> <li>Speaker: “Business and Regulatory Issues,” Tri-County Restaurant Association (2007)<strong> </strong></li> </ul> <strong>Publications:</strong> <ul> <li>“Back to Basics: Avoiding Fraud and Abuse,” <em>MD News</em> (2011)</li> <li>“One Bite at a Time: PPACA’s Immediate Impact on Physicians,” <em>MD News</em> (2010)</li> <li>“Paying for Reform- Physicians Must be More Vigilant than Ever When Submitting Claims,” <em>MD News</em> (2010)</li> <li>“Proposed Identity Theft Rules Have Physicians Seeing Red,” <em>MD News</em> (2009)</li> <li>“Anti-Markup Rules Take Aim at Reducing Sticker Shock for Purchased Diagnostic Services,” <em>MD News</em> (2009)</li> <li>“Stimulus Incentives: Look Before You Leap,” <em>MD News</em> (2009)</li> </ul>