Attorneys Experienced in Representing Landowners in Easement and Lease Negotiations, and in Eminent Domain Takings for Roads and Pipelines
Goldman & Braunstein is focused solely on representing landowners and their property. Many people believe they cannot fight the government, large companies or the eminent domain process. This is simply not true. You have rights and Goldman & Braunstein will work to protect those rights by negotiating fair compensation and fair terms, and if need be, trying the case to a jury.
Recently retired Founding Partner Michael Braunstein was a leader in fighting for landowners in eminent domain cases and easement and lease negotiations. 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. Mike recently added a compendium of Ohio eminent domain laws published by the American Bar Association’s section of litigation to his list of published works.
Mike is a Professor of Law, Emeritus, at The Ohio State University Moritz college of Law and veteran law professor of nearly thirty years. His course subject material included oil and gas, natural resources, eminent domain, real property and easements. Mike earned his Juris Doctorate degree from Tulane University Law School and is admitted to practice law in the states of Ohio, California and Louisiana, and in the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio.
Clinton StahlerEmail Clinton vCard
Partner Clinton Stahler is a diligent advocate of property rights for Ohio landowners. Clinton has always had a strong interest in real estate and property rights, having grown up on a farm in Ohio. Recently, as lead trial counsel, Clinton achieved a jury verdict and total award of more than 19 times what the utility company had offered for a pipeline easement across his client’s property (see story on homepage). Clinton has successfully litigated numerous other cases for Ohio landowners faced with eminent domain and other real estate issues, and has also successfully negotiated favorable settlements and favorable terms in complex real estate leases involving communications facilities, wind power facilities, and oil and gas leases; and complex easement contracts for numerous landowners faced with highway, pipeline and other projects. Clinton recently co-authored the Ohio section of the American Bar Association’s update of its fifty state survey eminent domain law.
Clinton earned his Juris Doctorate degree from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and Bachelor of Science degree magna cum laude from the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Prior to joining the firm, Clinton flew jets and worked as a professional pilot and instructor pilot. He is a current member of the Ohio State Bar Association, Columbus Bar Association, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, and is admitted to practice law in the state of Ohio and in both the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio.
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Partner Aaron Kenter is a diligent advocate for Ohio landowners. Aaron grew up on a small farm and has always been interested in property rights and real property law. After obtaining his Juris Doctorate degree from the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Aaron focused his practice on complex civil litigation matters.
As a partner with Goldman & Braunstein, LLP, Aaron represents numerous Ohio land owners across the state in eminent domain cases against the Ohio Department of Transportation, Public Utilities, Municipalities, and Pipeline Companies. Additionally, Aaron assists landowners in a variety of land use matters, including negotiating oil and gas leases and and access permitting. Recent representative cases include representation of multiple landowners in binding arbitration to recover damages against a pipeline company that violated its easement terms with the landowners, and obtaining a favorable jury verdict in excess of the condemning authority’s initial offer as trial counsel in an eminent domain jury trial.
WILLIAM A. GOLDMAN, 1940-2015
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 both negotiation and litigation. Goldman’s landmark cases include numerous multi-million dollar jury verdicts in eminent domain cases. In one such case, the condemning authority initially offered $3.5 million and Goldman secured a jury verdict for $8 million. In another case, the condemning authority offered $3.8 million and Goldman secured a jury verdict for $13 million. Goldman’s successful trial history spanned the State of Ohio. Goldman was named to the Ohio Super Lawyer 2010-Top Attorneys in Ohio and was recognized as Strathmore’s Who’s Who Professional of the Year for eminent Domain Law in 2008.
Goldman earned his Juris Doctrate degree from the Ohio State University in 1966. 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.