Skip to Main Content.

Biography

The majority of Ben’s practice is dedicated to Ohio municipality and township representation, particularly in the areas of general counsel, land use and zoning, and real estate litigation.  He serves as Law Director for the City of Middletown, Ohio, Deerfield Township (Warren County, Ohio), and Hamilton Township (Warren County, Ohio). Ben also serves as zoning and/or special counsel to a variety of other Southwest Ohio local governments, where he regularly deals in comprehensive planning, zoning code/resolution drafting, map and text amendments, planned unit developments, conditional uses, variances, code enforcement, and generalized staff consultation. 

When not working on behalf of Ohio municipalities and townships, Ben represents a variety of local school districts and private developers, businesses, and property owners as it pertains to real estate taxes, development, and land use disputes. Ben has extensive experience in ad valorem tax litigation, complex zoning-related commercial due diligence, zoning permit approval procurement, economic development, eminent domain, administrative appeals, and injunctive and generalized litigation. Ben has been named an Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars® seven consecutive years (2012-2019).

Outside of his legal practice, Ben is proud to be extensively involved in the Warren County, Ohio civic, charitable, and leadership communities. Currently, Ben serves on the Board of Commissioners for the Warren County Park District and the Board of Directors for the Area Progress Council of Warren County (immediate past president). Ben has also previously served on many of Warren County’s preeminent not-for-profit boards and received the Warren County Foundation, 2012 Emerging Leader in Community Service Award. He and his wife, Sarah, reside with their two children in Deerfield Township, Warren County, Ohio.

Related Insights

Other Info About Ben

Experience

Legal Work Highlights

Law Director for Deerfield Township, Warren County, Ohio.

Zoning counsel to multiple urban Ohio townships and their associated zoning commissions, boards of zoning appeals, and boards of trustees.

Perform comprehensive evaluation of Ohio city’s existing zoning code for legal defensibility.

Assist numerous suburban Ohio townships and municipalities through complete re-writes and adoptions of their comprehensive plans and, in turn, zoning resolutions.

Represent both public- and private-sector clients in high-profile land use disputes, including zoning code enforcement actions, administrative hearings, administrative appeals, injunctive actions, and traditional litigation.

Represent the State of Ohio in 50+ high-profile eminent domain actions involving alleged mass flooding of farmlands.

Perform zoning-related due diligence work and procure zoning permit approvals for multi-million-dollar commercial real estate transactions.

Serve as ad valorem tax counsel to numerous Southwest Ohio school districts, including prosecution and defense of 50+ Ohio Board of Revision tax valuation complaints (and associated appeals) per year.

Manage private landowner’s $120 million, 80+ property real estate portfolio for ad valorem tax purposes, including prosecution and defense of all Board of Revision, Board of Tax Appeals, and appellate Ohio litigation.

Education

Bar Membership

Ben is licensed to practice in the following state:

Ohio, 2007

Courts

Ben is admitted to practice before the following courts:

United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio

United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

Recognition

Local & National Recognition

Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars®, 2012-2019

Warren County Foundation, 2012 Emerging Leader in Community Service

Frost Brown Todd Mentor of the Year, 2012

Attorney Advocate of the Year, Ohio Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), 2012

Professional Affiliations

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

Ohio Township Association

Ohio Municipal League

American Planning Association

American Bar Association

Ohio State Bar Association

Butler County Bar Association

Cincinnati Bar Association

Civic Activities

Civic & Charitable Organizations

Warren County Park District, Member, Board of Commissioners, 2011 – present

Area Progress Council of Warren County, President, Board of Directors, 2012 – present

Rachel A. Hutzel Observatory Foundation, President, Board of Directors, 2017 – present

Deerfield Regional Stormwater District, President, Board of Directors, 2009 – 2013

Child Focus, Inc., President, Board of Directors, 2012 – 2017

Warren County Small Business Development Alliance, President, 2013 – 2015

2015 Hopewell District Committee Chair of the Dan Beard Council, Boy Scouts of America

Major Publications

Ben is an author of the following publications:

“Practical Information Regarding Zoning Law Issues”

“Hot Issue Pitfalls:  An Interactive Examination of the New York City Mosque and Military Funeral Protests”