20th Annual Real Estate and Construction Law Seminar


April 25, 2018
2:30PM to 6:00PM


Embassy Suites Independence
5800 Rockside Woods Blvd
Independence, OH

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On April 25th discover key tips to help you successfully navigate shifts due to generational, technological and political changes.

In this complimentary seminar you will learn:

  • Tips on how to embrace younger generations and what success looks like to them
  • Key changes in the evolving landscape of real estate and construction in Northeast Ohio
  • Key strategies on managing generation transitions including business succession and technology advancements
  • Federal tax updates specific to real estate and construction



2:30 p.m.   Registration

3:00 p.m.   Welcome

John P. Slagter, Managing Partner
Nicholas T. George, Real Estate & Construction Practice Group Chair
Anthony R. Vacanti, Buckingham Partner and Moderator

3:10 p.m. Revitalizing Our Urban Core Communities: Making Great Places Even Better

Jason Segedy, Director of Planning And Urban Development, City of Akron

Discover new developments within the residential real estate market in Northeast Ohio, and gain insight into the relationship between public infrastructure investments and private land development decisions.  Learn how the region’s urban core, inner ring suburbs, and exurban communities have evolved and changed over time.  Akron’s Director of Planning and Urban Development, Jason Segedy, will share his thoughts on how urban core communities in the region, with an emphasis on his Akron experience, are retooling to compete in today’s residential marketplace.

3:40 p.m.   Are you prepared for millennials in the construction work force?

John Swansinger, Buckingham Partner
Tara J. Rose, Buckingham Associate

This session will highlight ways in which new generations are changing the construction industry and how you can adapt to attract and keep these younger professionals. Discover key incentives that appeal to this group while maintaining a core culture that has helped create your successful business.

4:00 p.m.   The generation shift: changing the face of real estate and construction

Buckingham Partners:
Nicholas T. George, David J. Lindner, James S. Simon, John P. Slagter, David W. Woodburn

This open panel discussion will cover how technology and younger generations are influencing and changing real estate in some of the following areas:  retail space, reuse of big box, zoning and development, leasing, succession planning, real estate transactions and due diligence, and the evolving role of technology.

4:30 p.m.   New Federal Tax Law’s Impact on Real Estate: Unique Perspectives to Optimize Tax Savings

Steven A. Dimengo, Taxation Practice Group Chair
Richard B. Fry, Buckingham Partner

You will learn how to navigate through the new tax environment. Federal Tax Reform provided several new considerations for businesses with significant real estate holdings, such as whether to elect out of the interest deduction limitations, how to maximize the qualified business income deduction for pass-through entities, and maximizing bonus depreciation deductions for improvements. Gain insights to recently-enacted provisions to identify issues and understand how to maximize your business’ tax benefits.

4:50 p.m.    Lessons from Game of Thrones Applied to Real Property Tax Appeals

Anthony R. Vacanti, Buckingham Partner

In the hit series “Game of Thrones” there is much danger, conflict, and confusion.  This can sometimes be the case with real estate property tax bills.  In this session, you will learn key lessons from Game of Thrones and apply them to mitigate the danger, conflict, and confusion of challenging real property tax values.

5:30 p.m.   Cocktail Reception & Networking

*This seminar has been approved for 2.0 hours of Realtor Continuing Education Credit and 2.0 hours of Continuing Legal Education Credit.