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500 S. Front St., Suite 1200
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-229-4566
Toll Free: 888-231-2554
Fax: 614-229-4568
E-Mail: Braunstein@GBlegal.net


Attorneys Experienced in Negotiating Pipeline Eminent Domain & Easement Offers

Goldman & Braunstein are focused solely on representing land and property. Many people believe they cannot fight the eminent domain process. This simply is not true. Goldman & Braunstein repeatedly demonstrate their level of expertise and success in negotiating eminent domain compensations for farmland, rural, urban, residential, and commercial property owners.

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Michael Braunstein

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Michael Braunstein is a leader in fighting for landowners in cases of easement, condemnation, just compensation, and expropriation. His practice has focused nearly exclusively on property law and eminent domain negotiation and litigation. Recognized as a legal expert in his field, Mike has authored textbooks and numerous articles on property law covering standards and topics of property law, mining law, easements and eminent domain. Recently he added a compendium of Ohio eminent domain laws published by the American Bar Association’s section of litigation to his list of published works.

A veteran law professor of nearly thirty years, Mike now is Professor Emeritus at The Ohio State University. His course subject material included oil and gas, natural resources, eminent domain, and real property and easements. Braunstein earned his Juris Doctorate degree from Tulane University Law School and is admitted to practice law in Ohio, California and Louisiana.


Clinton Stahler

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Clinton Stahler joined Goldman & Braunstein in 2014 to solely represent landowners. Stahler earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and his Juris Doctorate degree from the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.

Prior to joining the firm, Clinton was a legal intern at the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law Civil Law Clinic where he represented clients involved in civil lawsuits. Clinton also worked as a mediator at the Franklin County Municipal Court and as law clerk to the City of Cincinnati Chief Counsel of Land Use and Development. Clinton also served as Editor-in-Chief of the Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution and was a member of the Moritz Real Estate Law Society and Business Law Society.

Before attending lawschool, Stahler worked for 8 years as a professional pilot flying jet aircraft in various regions of the world and as a certified instructor pilot. He is a current member of the Ohio State Bar Association, Columbus Bar Association and Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, and is admitted to practice law in the State of Ohio and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.


Matthew Strayer

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Matthew Strayer joined Goldman & Braunstein to fight for the rights of landowners. Matt graduated magna cum laude from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and received his Bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from Malone University in Canton, Ohio.

Prior to joining Goldman & Braunstein, Matt practiced in all aspects of commercial litigation at a large Ohio-based law firm, where his experience included banking and finance, intellectual property, and ERISA defense. He was part of a team that successfully defended a class action lawsuit brought against a Fortune 1,000 company and helped achieve a positive result on behalf of a company in the technology sector facing a business competition and trade secret case.

While in law school, Matt served as an extern for U.S. District Court Judge Michael H. Watson in the Southern District of Ohio. He also served on the managerial board of the Ohio State Law Journal and earned individual runner-up honors among approximately 100 oral advocates at the Robert F. Wagner National Labor & Employment Law Moot Court Competition in New York City. Matt began his career as a Sports Writer at the Times-Gazette in Ashland, Ohio, where he earned the distinction of the state’s top sports writer in 2009 among newspapers of similar size. Matt is admitted to practice in Ohio and both the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio. He also is a member of the American Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association, and the Columbus Bar Association.



William Goldman’s reputation and experience in zoning and eminent domain law were earned as a result of the significant success he had on behalf of his clients in cases involving both negotiation and/or litigation. Goldman’s landmark cases include representing numerous property owners in litigation before juries in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas. In one case, an initial $3.5 million offer from the condemning authority was received by the property owner. Goldman tried the case and secured a jury verdict for $8 million. In a separate court case, the landowner received an initial offer of $3.8 million, while the jury ultimately returned a verdict of $13 million. Goldman’s successful trial history extended throughout the State of Ohio including counties such as Licking and Fairfield. Goldman was named to the Ohio Super Lawyer 2010-Top Attorneys in Ohio and recognized as Strathmore’s Who’s Who Professional of the Year 2008 in Eminent Domain Law.

Goldman earned his Juris Doctrate degree from the Moritz College of Law. His practice areas included: Real Estate, Zoning and Annexation, Planning and Land Use, Eminent Domain, and Construction Law. Goldman also served as a board member of the Franklin County Veterans Memorial.