201612.14
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Commercial lease–solar panels

We recently represented a landowner in central Ohio in negotiating and preparing a commercial lease where the tenant is a solar power company from California. The lease covers 330 acres over a 20-year term. The tenant will be installing solar panels that will generate electricity to be sold to electric power companies. Our client will…

201510.15
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Enforcement of prenuptial agreement

Our client, a land developer, was sued for divorce. His wife sought spousal support despite the provisions in their prenuptial agreement. She argued that the agreement was unconscionable and signed under duress. Prior to trial, our firm conducted substantial research, briefed the issues for the court, and took several depositions. During trial, we presented extensive…

201510.15
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Defense of tax evasion / charitable organization

We were retained by a former professional athlete who was under investigation for alleged tax evasion. Our firm participated in extensive negotiations with the Office of the Ohio Attorney General to reach a fair resolution of the dispute. The negotiations produced an agreement that prevented the filing of criminal charges against our client and settled…

201510.15
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Spousal support and custody

A business owner retained our firm to reduce his spousal support obligation due to substantial business losses. The client also sought to have full custody of his teenage son who had previously been under a shared parenting arrangement. During the course of the five-day trial, we presented expert witness testimony from forensic accountants, tax advisors,…

201510.15
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Estate Distribution

We were retained to help administer the estate of an elderly woman who died without a will. She left substantial assets, including several tracts of land, measuring over 180 acres. Three of the parcels were developed and contained houses that have been leased to tenants. The deceased’s nearest living relatives were ten distant relatives who…

201510.15
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Construction Contract

Our firm represented a contractor against home owners who failed to pay a final invoice of nearly $10,000. This rather straight forward action to collect a modest debt ballooned into a much larger case when the owners filed a counterclaim for over $200,000 for breach of contract and fraud. They claimed the builder had improperly…

201502.02
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Breach of Lease

Our firm represented a commercial landlord that had leased space to a restaurant that later subleased the space to another restaurant. When the original tenant defaulted on the lease, we filed an eviction against the tenant and its subtenant. The original tenant eventually walked away from the lease, and our client entered into a direct…

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Successful Eminent Domain Action

The city of Dublin, Ohio, initiated an eminent domain action against a landowner concerning a tract of land in Union County, for use in developing a new highway interchange. The property had been by our landowner’s family for over a century. Our firm was co-counsel for the landowner. The city initially offered $6.8 million, a…

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Business Dissolution

A local country club had leased its land, pursuant to a 99-year lease, for several years before purchasing it in 2007. During the lease, the clubhouse was rebuilt and refurbished, but the county auditor never included the value of the new clubhouse when calculating the property taxes owed. After the country club purchased the land,…

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Enforcing a Noncompete Agreement

A client’s former sales manager left and immediately took a position with a major competitor. Apparently, he was not too concerned about the noncompetition and nondisclosure provisions of the employment contract he had signed. We brought suit, asking the court to enjoin the former manager from competing with our client or disclosing its trade secrets….