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.
Michael BraunsteinEmail Mike vCard
Founding Partner, Michael Braunstein is 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 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.
Mike is a Professor Emeritus at The Ohio State University 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 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 has also successfully negotiated favorable settlements for numerous landowners faced with highway and pipeline projects.
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.
Matthew StrayerEmail Matthew vCard
Recently named a Partner with the firm, Matt has quickly proven himself as an effective advocate for landowner rights. In January 2017, he and Clinton Stahler achieved a $236,500 jury verdict for a 0.31-acre pipeline easement crossing commercial property in Avon, Ohio (see story on homepage). Matt also was in charge of managing nearly 100 lawsuits filed against Goldman & Braunstein clients in state court by Kinder Morgan Utopia, a company building a pipeline across nine counties in northern Ohio, and teamed with partners Michael Braunstein and Clinton Stahler in fighting federally-regulated pipeline companies ET Rover and Columbia Gas Transmission. Matt also has experience assisting landowners in eminent domain takings for public road projects and in negotiating pipeline easements and oil and gas leases.
Matt graduated in the Top 10 in his class of more than 200 at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. 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, employment-related issues, 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. Matt 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.
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 jury trials. 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 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.