Ashtyn N. Saltz focuses his practice at Kaufman & Company in a variety of areas of complex commercial litigation including contractual disputes, business torts, intellectual property, and employment matters. He has experience in various aspects of discovery, trial preparation, evidentiary and privilege issues, briefing, and motion practice.
While at Case Western Reserve University, he was a part of the Community Development Clinic where he provided transactional and corporate counsel legal services to community development corporations, other community and arts-based nonprofits, and entrepreneurs. During law school Ashtyn clerked for the Civil Division of the City of Cleveland’s Department of Law and for the United Nation’s Special Tribunal for Lebanon in The Hague, Netherlands where he gained experience in governmental and international law. Ashtyn’s experience includes representative matters as follows:
- Part of litigation team that reached a favorable settlement in complex litigation involving damage to clients’ property from a landslide during a government sewer project on the clients’ property. The case involved numerous novel legal issues in the realms of eminent domain, government contracts, governmental tort liability, and negligence.
- Part of litigation team that reached a favorable settlement in a complex commercial contract dispute involving the construction of a large, mixed-use real estate project.
- Part of a litigation team that reached a favorable settlement in a complex patent and antitrust dispute involving industry leading international companies.
- Part of team appealing a hospital disciplinary action in sexual harassment matter.
- American Bar Association
- Ohio State Bar Association
- Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
Obtained Favorable Settlement in Complex Litigation Involving Damage to Clients’ Property from Landslide that Occurred During Government Sewer Project on the Property
May 16, 2013
Kaufman & Company, as lead counsel for the Property Owners’ counterclaim and third party claims, obtained a favorable recovery in a settlement on behalf of two clients—a family-owned local business owning commercial property and a family-owned local outdoor advertising business—in a multi-party lawsuit that included complex and novel eminent domain issues. The litigation arose after a landslide occurred on the clients’ commercial property during a government project performed by the sewer district and its hired contractors, which caused significant damage to the land and a billboard owned by the outdoor advertising client. The Northeast Ohio Sewer District had entered the property without any valid contractual or other legal right to enter. Kaufman & Company prosecuted the property owners’ trespass and negligence claims against the sewer district’s contractors as well as a contractor that performed work previously on the property. In addition, Kaufman & Company prosecuted the property owners’ “inverse condemnation” claim against the sewer district, upon which the firm successfully compelled the sewer district to commence an eminent domain action to determine just compensation for “taking” the clients’ property. Kaufman & Company’s efforts resulted in denial of dispositive motions by the defendants on all these claims, and its clients also prevailed on numerous, hotly-contested evidence motions in limine. During jury selection, a favorable settlement was reached on both clients’ claims.
Miami University (B.A., 2009)
U.S. District Court, N.D. Ohio