U.S. SUPREME COURT RULES PROPERTY OWNERS CAN NOW GO DIRECTLY TO FEDERAL COURT TO CHALLENGE TAKINGS BY STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS On June 21, the U.S. Supreme Court in an abrupt about face overruled nearly forty years of precedent holding that real property owners have the right to go directly to federal court to file claims for violations of the U.S. Constitution’s 5th Amendment takings clause when local governments take private property for public use without just compensation. In Knick v. Township of Scott, the Court held real property owners are not required to first exhaust their state law remedies [...]
For the 14th consecutive year, Steven S. Kaufman, managing member of Kaufman & Company, has achieved a prestigious Band 2 ranking by Chambers and Partners. Chambers USA 2019 places Kaufman among the top 16 attorneys in Ohio for General Commercial Litigation. In addition to reviewing case work, Chambers’ research team conducts in-depth, one-on-one interviews year-round with clients and attorneys to assess each lawyer’s technical legal abilities, professional conduct, client service, commercial acumen, diligence and commitment. Interviewees agreed that Kaufman is “extraordinarily insightful and pragmatic.” In past years, he has also received praise including, “Steve is a warrior when he needs [...]
Chad Cooper and Sara Smoter represented clients who prevailed in a bench trial before the Lake County (Ohio) Court of Common Pleas. Our clients were the principals of a highly successful marine contracting business, Huffman Equipment Rental Company. The Court entered judgment in favor of Huffman on all issues and assessed costs against their adversaries. For many years, the two families (our clients and the adverse party) operated industrial businesses on neighboring parcels of property. When a long strip of very useful land behind their properties became available for purchase, the fathers and sons of the two companies discussed a [...]
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Kaufman & Company’s New York Office is pleased to welcome Paul R. Dehmel as Senior Counsel to the Firm
New York, NY – National trial and litigation law firm Kaufman & Company, PLLC announces that Paul R. Dehmel has joined the firm as Senior Counsel in the firm’s New York office. Paul will focus his practice on complex commercial litigation and securities-related matters. Paul has previously represented clients in various business and commercial real estate disputes including fraud, misrepresentation and corporate usurpation issues, as well as litigating breaches of non-compete agreements. Paul has also defended investigations and FINRA inquiries, as well as investigating and assisting with the defense of white-collar criminal proceedings against senior corporate executives. “Paul is an [...]
Kaufman & Company, LLC was named one of the top 100 fastest growing companies in Northeast Ohio and earned the Weatherhead 100 Award.‘The Weatherhead 100 awards are the premier celebration of Northeast Ohio’s spirit of entrepreneurship and the companies leading the way in Northeast Ohio. Each year, we recognize this elite group of companies who are the best example of leadership, growth and success in our region.’Winning companies must have employed a minimum of 16 people full time.Accomplishments were recognized at the awards ceremony which was held in Cleveland, Ohio.