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Attorneys & Staff

 

Our attorneys and staff have extensive backgrounds in eminent domain, civil litigation, and real estate law. Our experience and expertise enables us to maximize our clients’ compensation while protecting their property. We represent our clients’ interests during the entire negotiation or litigation process, from start to finish, no matter how long it takes to secure a favorable result.

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Clinton Stahler, Esq.

Attorney 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 Northwest Ohio. Clinton has successfully defended numerous landowner clients and secured favorable outcomes in eminent domain cases involving road projects, pipelines, and power line projects. Clinton has also negotiated favorable terms for numerous clients in complex real estate transactions involving communications facilities leases, wind power facilities leases, oil and gas leases, pipeline and power line easements, purchases and sales of property, and other real estate transactions. Clinton has also won numerous favorable jury verdicts for his clients in road and pipeline cases, including a recent verdict of more than $1.1 Million above ODOT’s estimate of fair compensation for a road relocation across his client’s property, and a verdict of more than 15 times what NRG Energy offered his client for a natural gas pipeline easement across her property.

Clinton also recently co-authored the Ohio section of the American Bar Association’s Fifty State Survey on 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. Clinton is an avid pilot, Certified Flight Instructor, and holds Commercial and Airline Transport Licenses, as well as multiple jet aircraft licenses. Clinton 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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Aaron Kenter, Esq.

Attorney 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 an attorney with GBSK, Aaron represents numerous Ohio landowners 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 highway 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, obtaining a favorable settlement for a landowner prior to jury trial, and obtaining a favorable jury verdict in excess of the condemning authority’s initial offer as in an eminent domain jury trial.

Aaron earned his Juris Doctorate degree from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Delaware. Aaron is a current member of the Ohio State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and is admitted to practice law in the State of Ohio.

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Michael Braunstein, Esq.

Recently retired Founding Partner Michael Braunstein was a leader in fighting for landowners in eminent domain cases and easement and lease negotiations. His practice focused nearly exclusively on property law and eminent domain negotiation and litigation. Recognized as a legal expert in his field, Michael has authored textbooks and numerous articles on property law covering standards and topics of property law, mining law, easements and eminent domain.

Michael 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. Michael 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 both the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio.

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William Goldman, Esq. (1940 - 2015)

After earning his Juris Doctorate in 1966, Founding Partner William Goldman cut a brilliant swath through the field of eminent domain, defending countless Ohio property owners faced with the threat of losing their land to powerful government agencies and energy companies.

Bill’s landmark cases include numerous multi-million dollar jury verdicts in eminent domain cases. In one such case, the condemning authority offered $3.5 million and Bill secured a jury verdict for $8.3 million.  In another case, the condemning authority offered $3.8 million and Bill secured a jury verdict for $13 million. Bill’s successful trial history spanned the State of Ohio.

Bill was just as comfortable in a farm field as he was in a court of law. “Leveling the playing field” for landowners became Bill’s mission and his passion. Through his leadership and skill, his firm became Ohio’s leading eminent domain law firm.

The Ohio legal community suffered a great loss in December 2015 when Bill passed away. Bill left a lasting impact on this law firm and its members continue to honor his memory through our diligent service to our clients.

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Sherry Evanichko, OSBA Certified Paralegal

Sherry began her career in 1991 working with William Goldman and has more than 25 years’ experience as a legal assistant, paralegal and law office manager.  Sherry has extensive experience in real estate law including eminent domain, road cases, pipeline easements, zoning, annexation, and variance permits.  Sherry is a Certified Paralegal with the Ohio State Bar Association and is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association and Columbus Bar Association. Sherry graduated with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Paralegal Studies, magna cum laude, from Columbus State in 2004. Sherry recently became a licensed real estate agent and is a member of the Columbus Board of Realtors and National Association of Realtors.