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Biography

Jon’s practice focuses on finding solutions for local governments and private clients in land use, zoning, and other real estate litigation matters. Jon handles litigation that improves the quality of life for local residents, neighbors, and the community at large. Jon regularly pursues public nuisance litigation against problem properties, or problem property owners, on behalf of local governments. Jon also handles labor and employment disputes and other litigation on behalf of public and private clients.

Jon served as an Assistant City Solicitor for the City of Cincinnati from 2014 – 2021. During that time, he represented the City in public nuisance litigation, defense cases, and collection matters. Jon was responsible for several cases that resulted in the rehabilitation of blighted buildings, and he successfully closed several properties that constituted criminal nuisances. During his tenure, Jon collected hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid bills, fines, and fees owed to the City. Jon began his career with the City of Cincinnati in the City Prosecutor’s Office. As a prosecutor, he tried 12 jury trials and dozens of bench trials.

Other Info About Jon

Experience

Legal Work Highlights

Obtained a declaration that a large, abandoned, multi-family apartment building was a public nuisance at a hearing. Obtained the appointment of a receiver to fix up the property following another hearing. The property owner had repeatedly refused to bring the building into code compliance. The receiver cleaned the building up and then transferred the building to a City-approved, responsible end-user.

Collected over $300,000 in unpaid utility bills, fines, and fees from a negligent property owner. All of the owner’s properties were transferred to a responsible end-user. Obtained the appointment of a receiver over a large, abandoned, multi-family apartment building that had been identified by the community as a priority problem.

Collected $50,000 in unpaid fines and fees and negotiated a settlement that resulted in several nuisance properties being brought into code compliance or demolished.

Successfully obtained dismissal of a counterclaim against his client that sought to use Ohio’s nuisance statute as a way around Historic Building regulations.

As a prosecutor, sat as first chair for 12 jury trials and dozens of bench trials.

City of Cincinnati v. Twang, LLC, A1803297, 2020

Obtained dismissal of a property owner’s counterclaim that sought to use the Ohio nuisance statute as a way around the City’s Historic Building regulations. Also obtained a $25,000 judgment against the property owner for unpaid fines and fees. This matter is currently on appeal.

City of Cincinnati v. MK Thomas Properties, LLC, A1806714, 2019

Obtained the closure of an illegal after-hours bar.

City of Cincinnati v. HOAMTD Real Estate, LLC, A1900126, 2019

Collected over $50,000 in unpaid fines and fees from a negligent property owner. Forced the alleged nuisance properties to be sold to a developer.

City of Cincinnati v. Warsaw Food Mart, LLC, A1900859, 2020

Case involved a convenience mart and gas station that was the site of repeated drug trafficking and violence. Obtained a finding that the property was a public nuisance and a court order requiring the property owner to reduce their operating hours, hire a Cincinnati Police Department detail, and maintain surveillance cameras. Because of the public nuisance finding, the property was voted dry during the following election.

City of Cincinnati v.  Machelle Belser, A1901492, 2019

Obtained a public nuisance finding and closure order for a property that was being used for drug trafficking and was the site of a related shooting.

City of Cincinnati v. Raineth II Cincinnati, LLC, A1902775, 2020

Negotiated a settlement where the property owner brought several properties into code compliance. The property owner also demolished or transferred all of its nuisance properties to responsible end-users. Collected $50,000 in unpaid fines and fees.

City of Cincinnati v. X-Large Investments, LLC, A1904930, 2021

Obtained a finding that a large, blighted, apartment building was a public nuisance. Obtained the appointment of a receiver to repair the property. The property had been condemned for several years with no significant progress before the suit was filed. Ensured that the property was transferred to a responsible end-user.

City of Cincinnati v. Dionne Riddle, A2001099, 2021

Obtained a finding that four properties were public nuisances. Obtained the appointment of a receiver to repair the properties. Obtained a $69,421.72 judgment against the property owner.

City of Cincinnati v. RMF Holdings, LLC, A2001581, 2021

Collected over $300,000 in unpaid bills, fines, and fees. Obtained the appointment of a receiver at a long-time nuisance property. Ensured that the nuisance property owner did not retain control of any properties in the city of Cincinnati.

Education

Law School

Indiana University Maurer School of Law, J.D., 2014

Undergraduate School

Miami University, B.S., Economics, 2011

Courts

Jon is admitted to practice before the following court(s):

Ohio, Southern District of Ohio

Civic Activities

Civic & Charitable Organizations

Assistant Football Coach, Bellevue High School, 2015-2018

Assistant Football Coach, Lakota West Freshman School, 2019-2020

Presentations

Jon was invited to speak at the following events:

2017 Winter OMAA Conference – Presentation on Public Records