Steven Kaufman Honored as Lawyer of the Year in Real Estate Litigation and Selected to The Best Lawyers in America© 2019 for 14th Consecutive Year
The Best Lawyers in America announced that Steven S. Kaufman was honored as a 2019 Lawyer of the Year for Cleveland, Ohio in real estate litigation. The Lawyer of the Year is awarded to the attorney with the highest overall peer-review feedback in this practice area and geographic region.
Managing Member Steven S. Kaufman was also selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019. This is Kaufman’s 14th consecutive year being ranked for his work in commercial litigation and intellectual property litigation.
In his real estate litigation practice, Kaufman’s notable successes include having served as lead trial counsel in the City of Cleveland’s trial victory over the City of Brook Park in the Cleveland airport expansion litigation; lead trial counsel for the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority in the eminent domain litigation which resulted in the land ownership needed to develop the $330 million Flats East Bank project; lead trial counsel for the Flats East Bank Development, LLC in obtaining the injunctions that allowed the project financing to close and the Flats project to proceed and lead trial counsel for the Pinecrest Group developer in a successful injunction proceeding allowing the project to proceed by eliminating oil and gas well developer opposition. Kaufman and his firm, Kaufman & Company LLC, regularly represent owners, developers and government agencies in connection with complex real estate litigation and eminent domain matters.
For more than three decades, Best Lawyers® has become regarded as the definitive guide to legal professionalism and excellence around the globe. Best Lawyers® is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey. More than 52,000 leading attorneys cast 5.5 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in more than 130 practice areas.
Former Cuyahoga County Chief Trial Counsel Joins Kaufman & Company’s Cleveland Office as Partner
— Robin Wilson’s addition brings Kaufman & Company’s firm-wide lawyers to 50% women —
Cleveland, OH – National trial and litigation firm Kaufman & Company, LLC is pleased to welcome Robin Wilson as a Partner in the firm’s Cleveland office. Wilson was formerly Chief Trial Counsel, leading the Cuyahoga County’s Executive Litigation Group in complex civil matters. Her work included matters involving lending, development, government contracting, real property tax and valuation disputes, labor and employment litigation, public records, and land use litigation, including eminent domain, road and bridge disputes, and utilities relocation. Her addition also marks a new era in Kaufman & Company’s evolution, bringing the firm’s lawyers up to 50 percent women.
“Robin’s results achieved as Chief Trial Counsel speak volumes about her legal abilities,” said Managing Member Steven S. Kaufman. “Having worked with her at a previous law firm, I know Robin’s high quality work that she conducts tirelessly and fiercely. She is committed to providing the highest level of client service. We are also very proud that by bringing her on board, Kaufman & Company’s firm-wide lawyers now has an equal number of men and women.”
Prior to her work with Cuyahoga County, Wilson was a litigation partner at Thompson Hine LLP and served as Assistant County Prosecutor in the Stark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office’s Civil Division.
“The opportunity to practice at Kaufman & Company with its national litigation capabilities and reputation, and the opportunity to work closely with Steve again, whom I greatly respect, was something I simply couldn’t pass up,” said Ms. Wilson. “I look forward to collaborating with this innovative team of attorneys and embracing this next phase of my career.”
Wilson earned her J.D. cum laude from the Cleveland-Marshall School of Law, where she was co-editor of the law student newspaper. She holds a B.S. in Journalism from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University. She is admitted to practice in Ohio, including the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Chambers & Partners USA Ranks Steven Kaufman Band 2 for General Commercial Litigation in Ohio
The 2018 edition of Chambers & Partners USA has ranked Steven Kaufman, managing member of business litigation firm Kaufman & Company, Band 2 for his commercial litigation work in Ohio. This marks the thirteenth consecutive year Kaufman has been selected for inclusion.
Chambers & Partners have been ranking the world’s leading lawyers since 1990, and now cover 185 jurisdictions. Individual lawyers and law firms are ranked in bands from 1-6, with Band 1 being the most prestigious. There are seven Ohio commercial litigators in Band 1 and just ten in Band 2. The publication’s rankings and editorials stem from extensive interviews with lawyers and clients that are conducted year round. Individual lawyers are ranked in their practice-area(s) on the basis of their legal knowledge and experience, their ability, their effectiveness and their client-service.
New York Office Move
We are pleased to announce that our New York City office has relocated to another suite in the same Building. Our new suite number is 2733. All other forms of communications (phones, emails, etc.) remain the same.
Kaufman & Company’s New York Office Announces Strategic Relationship With Esteemed Legal Ethics Attorney David A. Lewis
National trial and litigation law firm Kaufman & Company, PLLC announces its strategic relationship with David A. Lewis Law PLLC and its appointment of David Lewis, Esq. as Of Counsel in the firm’s New York office. David A. Lewis Law PLLC represents lawyers and law firms in all areas of legal ethics, professional liability and risk management, as well as working through issues of disciplinary exposure, financial risk and conflicts of interest. David represents lawyers and law firms wherever the rules of professional conduct come into play, from partnership disputes and conflicts of interest to privilege and confidentiality issues.
“David is a respected authority on disciplinary complaints, malpractice suits, and a myriad of disputes between lawyers, their firms, and their clients,” said Managing Member Steven S. Kaufman. “David’s thorough and carefully considered approach provides the guidance that puts clients on the right track, which will be a valuable asset at our firm particularly in matters of professional liability within the Law Firm practice area.”
David’s prior positions include a three-year term as Chair of the New York City Bar Association’s prestigious Professional Responsibility Committee. He has also served on the state level, with the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Standards of Attorney Conduct. A passionate teacher, David also served as an Adjunct Professor of Law teaching Legal Ethics & Professional Responsibility at Cardozo Law School.
David earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and his B.A. in Political Science cum laude from Colgate University. He is admitted to practice in New York, as well as in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.
Kaufman & Company Files Lawsuit on Behalf of Brook Park in Airport Runway Expansion Dispute
As published on Cleveland.com, Kaufman & Company filed a lawsuit on behalf of the City of Brook Park against the City of Cleveland for breaching a contract in which Cleveland agreed to buy homes in a residential neighborhood in Brook Park to make way for a planned runway expansion at Hopkins International Airport.
The 2001 settlement agreement at the heart of the lawsuit was reached when Cleveland agreed to buy about 300 Brook Park homes to make way for the airport runway and Brook Park dropped its efforts to buy the I-X Center located between the airport and Brook Park. Cleveland began buying and demolishing the homes in 2003 and eventually bought 228 of the 300 homes. The project stalled when Cleveland balked at purchasing the last of the 300 homes. As a result, about 70 homeowners who entered into sales agreements were left in the lurch. The lawsuit asks a judge to force Cleveland to live up to its end of the bargain.