John P. Slagter

  • Areas of Practice

    • Real Estate & Construction
    • Litigation
    • Land Use & Zoning

I am a real estate attorney, and my passion is real estate and development. For more than 25 years, I have immersed myself in all aspects of real estate law, and am one of only a handful of attorneys in Ohio that devote a significant portion of their practice to land use and zoning. My experience in developing solutions to land use dilemmas for developers, contractors and governmental entities is unparalleled.

 

I understand the importance of your business objectives and the significant impact unforeseen issues can have on the overall health of your company. I draw upon my years of experience as a business leader to manage and formulate solutions for some of your most difficult business problems.

 

No matter your real estate or business need, my goal is to help you identify solutions, guide you through difficult decisions, and help you maintain a thriving business.

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  • Experience
      • Practices primarily in the areas of real estate, land use and zoning, construction, eminent domain, real property tax, valuation complaints and commercial litigation
      • Represents owners, developers, contractors and governmental entities in all facets of residential, commercial and industrial real estate, including acquisition, financing, development, leasing and disposition
      • Lectures attorneys and other professionals in the area of construction, real estate, eminent domain and zoning law
      • Previously served as managing partner of the firm, chairman of the Real Estate and Construction Law Practice Group and managing partner of the Cleveland office
  • Education & Admissions
      • Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Cleveland, Ohio (J.D., 1991)
      • John Carroll University, Cleveland, Ohio (B.A., 1988)
    • Admissions
      • Ohio Bar
      • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
      • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • Awards & Honors
      • Recognized as a Top 100 American Lawyer in Ohio by America's Top 100™
      • Named a Best Lawyers in America® 'Lawyer of the Year' for Land Use and Zoning Law (2017)
      • Listed in Best Lawyers in America® (2007-2019)
      • Named Best Lawyers in America® ‘Lawyer of the Year’ in the Cleveland area for Litigation – Real Estate (2016)
      • Named Best Lawyers in America® ‘Lawyer of the Year’ for Cleveland Litigation – Real Estate (2013)
      • Selected for inclusion in Ohio’s Super Lawyers® (2004-2017), as voted by his peers
      • Recognized in Super Lawyers Business Edition® for Real Estate (2015)
      • Named to Ohio’s Super Lawyers® Top 100 List (2012, 2015-2016)
      • Named to Cleveland’s Super Lawyers® Top 50 List (2012, 2015-2016)
      • Recognized in Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition® for Real Estate (2009)
      • Recognized in Super Lawyers Business Edition® for Real Estate (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: “Associate Supplier of the Year Award” from the Home Builder’s Association of Portage and Summit counties for his volunteer work assisting the association with drafting their form contracts
  • Professional & Civic Involvement
      • Chairman, Board of Directors: YMCA of Greater Cleveland
      • Member: Society of Benchers, Case Western School of Law
      • Member: International Council of Shopping Centers
      • Member: Home Builders Association of Summit and Portage Counties
      • Member: Church of the Assumption Financial Committee
      • Member: The 50 Club of Cleveland
      • Member, Board of Directors Executive Committee: Akron Zoo
    • Associations
      • Member: American Bar Association, Litigation, Real Property and Construction Law Sections
      • Member: Ohio State Bar Association, Real Estate and Litigation Sections
      • Board of Directors: Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
      • Member: Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Real Estate and Litigation Sections
      • Member: Legal Fee Dispute Committee
      • Past Chairman: Governmental Law Subcommittee
  • Presentations & Publications
    • <strong>Presentations:</strong> <ul> <li>Speaks on real estate and litigation related issues to various organizations and clients.</li> <li>Panelist, Law Firm Profitability, Thomson Reuters Legal Executive Institute Event (2017)</li> <li>"Going for the Win: Cleveland Sports &amp; the Real Estate Development Game," Buckingham's Real Estate &amp; Construction Seminar (2017)</li> <li>"World War Z: Surviving the Zoning Apocalypse," Buckingham's Real Estate &amp; Construction Seminar (2016)</li> <li>“Retail, Office and Restaurant Leases: Key Provisions and Warranties,” NBI (National Business Institute) (2013)</li> <li>“Ohio Property Tax Complaints and Appeals: Developing a Strategy for Success,” 2013 Northeast Ohio State &amp; Local Tax Conference (2013)</li> <li>“Fee Not So Simple: Understanding Relative Rights to Land Access and Use - Complying with Land Use Laws and Regulations,” Half Moon Education Inc. (2013)</li> <li>“Calculation and Recovery of Operating Expenses,” Negotiating Commercial Leases Seminar (2009)</li> <li>"Eminent Domain Legislation: An Update on Ohio Law Resulting from SB7: What Has the New Law Changed and How has it Affected Your Practice," CLE International - Annual Eminent Domain Conference (2009)</li> <li>“Legal Strategies for Real Property Tax,” Annual Real Estate &amp; Construction Law Seminar (2009)</li> <li>“A Primer of Eminent Domain (Condemnation) Law Procedure: How and When To Use This Tool," Ohio GFOA Debt Seminar</li> <li>“Land Law Use and a Primer on Eminent Domain (Condemnation) Law and Procedure," Half Moon LLC</li> <li>“The State of Eminent Domain Law in 2006; an Examination of the Kelo Case and Legislative and Judicial Response to this Groundbreaking Case,” Old Republic Title Seminar</li> <li>“Recent Developments in Land Use and Eminent Domain,” Annual Real Estate &amp; Construction Law Seminar</li> <li>“Construction Lien Law in Ohio,” Lorman Education Services</li> <li>“Eminent Domain: An Examination of the Kelo Case and Others, and Their Impact on Development in Urban Settings,” Real Estate Law Institute</li> <li>“Ethics and Disclosure Panel Discussion,” OSBA-Residential Real Estate Transactions Seminar</li> <li>“New Home Construction,” OSBA-Residential Real Estate Transactions Seminar</li> <li>“Advanced Zoning and Land Use,” Lorman Education Seminar</li> <li>“HBA Forms Seminar,” Home Builders Association of Summit and Portage Counties</li> <li>“Construction Lien Law," Lorman Education Seminar</li> <li>“Land Use Law,” CLE International</li> <li>“Mechanics’ Lien Law and Fairness in Contracting Law,” American Society of Professional Estimators – Northeast Ohio Chapter</li> <li>“The Legality of Impact Fees,” CLE International<strong> </strong></li> </ul> <strong>Publications:</strong> <ul> <li>Writes articles for <em>Properties Magazine </em>and has articles published in various local publications.</li> </ul> Articles Include: <ul> <li>"<a href="http://www.crainscleveland.com/article/20170716/custom/307169998/5-techniques-master-craft-effective-communication">5 techniques to master the craft of effective communication</a>," <em>Crain's Cleveland Business</em> (2017)</li> <li>"<a href="http://digital.propertiesmag.com/publication/?i=307602&amp;p=20#{&quot;page&quot;:42,&quot;issue_id&quot;:307602}">The Art of the 'Short Term Deal' - Negotiate Like Trump</a>," Properties Magazine (2016)</li> <li>"<a href="http://www.crainscleveland.com/article/20150531/NEWS/305319983/buckingham-regains-strength-after-long-battle" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Buckingham Regains Strength After Long Battle</a>," <em>Crain's Cleveland Business</em> (2015)</li> <li>Quoted in "<a href="http://www.crainscleveland.com/article/20150125/SUB1/301259978/commercial-foreclosure-activity-is-picking-up" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Commercial Foreclosure Activity is Picking Up</a>," <em>Crain's Cleveland Business</em> (2015)</li> <li>"Real Property Complaint Filing Deadline Approaching," <em>Properties Magazine </em>(2010)</li> <li>“Resolving Disputes in Construction Law,” Inside the Minds: Construction Law Litigation Strategies, <em>Aspatore Books </em>(2007)</li> <li>“Exhaust Other Remedies Before Litigation,” <em>Properties Magazine</em></li> <li>“When It’s Worthwhile to Litigate,” <em>Hardwood Floors Magazine</em></li> <li>“Ohio Supreme Court Clarifies the Procedure for a Constitutional Challenge of a Zoning Regulation,” <em>Properties Magazine</em></li> <li>“Development in Commercial Real Estate Taxation,” <em>Properties Magazine</em></li> <li>“U.S. Supreme Court Extends Reach of Eminent Domain,” <em>Cleveland Bar Association Journal</em></li> <li>“U.S. Supreme Court Decides Landmark Eminent Domain Case,” <em>Properties Magazine</em></li> <li>“Mutual Mistake in the Calculation of the Square Footage of a Commercial Lease,” <em>Properties Magazine</em></li> <li>“The Power of Eminent Domain in Economic Revitalization Projects,” <em>Properties Magazine</em></li> <li>“Acceleration of Rent,” <em>Properties Magazine</em></li> <li>“Ohio’s New Condominium Law: An Overview of the Changes,” <em>Properties Magazine</em></li> <li>“Yes, You Can Fight City Hall – When Zoning is a ‘Regulatory Taking’,” <em>Properties Magazine</em></li> <li>“Can the Government Stop Development Without Compensating You?” <em>Properties Magazine</em></li> <li>“Real Property Tax: Assessment and Appeals,” <em>Properties Magazine</em></li> <li>“Don’t Forget About CAUV When Purchasing Real Estate,” <em>Properties Magazine</em></li> <li>“You Pick the Time and Place--- I Will Be There! - Forum Selection Clauses in Commercial Leases,” <em>Properties Magazine</em></li> <li>“Rain, Rain, Go Away: Understanding Legal Issues Surrounding Control of Surface Water Runoff,” <em>Properties Magazine</em></li> </ul>