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Biography

Yaz maintains a diverse practice representing both public and private clients in a wide-array of business issues and litigation matters, focusing on land-use and zoning, eminent domain, real estate, and appellate matters in state and federal courts. Yaz has successfully defended his clients as lead counsel in jury trials, bench trials, and through pre-trial motion practice in various state and federal courts.

In addition to his trial work, Yaz has successfully represented clients in appellate proceedings in front of numerous administrative agencies, state courts of appeals, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Ohio Supreme Court. Yaz has briefed and handled over 30 appellate matters, and presented oral argument on multiple occasions in state and federal appellate courts.

With long-range vision and decisiveness, Yaz assembles the right team around client issues in order to maximize the firm’s resources for efficient and notable outcomes.

Prior to joining the firm, Yaz served as an assistant attorney general for the state of Ohio in the Health and Human Services Section as well as the Legal Initiatives Section. In this position, he served as lead trial counsel for a number of the Ohio Attorney General’s civil nuisance abatement actions.

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Experience

Legal Work Highlights

Legal Counsel for the International League of Professional Baseball Clubs, Inc.

Law Director for the City of Powell, Ohio

Law Director for the Village of Johnstown, Ohio

Village Solicitor for the Village of Marble Cliff, Ohio

Represent the City of Dublin, the City of Grove City, and the City of Pickerington in all eminent domain litigation matters.

Education

Law School

The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, J.D., 2012

Undergraduate School

The University of Texas, B.S., Sport Management, Business

Bar Memberships

Yaz is licensed to practice in the following state(s):

Ohio, 2012

Courts

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

United States District Court

Southern District of Ohio

Northern District of Ohio

United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Recognition

Local & National Recognition

Selected for inclusion in Ohio Super Lawyers® Rising Stars, 2019-2021

Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America, Commercial Litigation, 2021-2022

International Municipal Lawyers Association Amicus Service Award Winner

Professional Affiliations

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

Ohio State Bar Association, Litigation Section Member

Ohio State Bar Association, Real Property Law Section Member

Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution, Managing Editor, 2010-2012

Ohio State Sports & Entertainment Law Association, Vice President

Columbus Bar Association, Member

Ohio State Bar Association, Member

Civic Activities

Civic & Charitable Organizations

First Tee – Central Ohio, Board of Directors, Member

Leadership Columbus, Class of 2020

Mentoring and More @ Moritz

Leadership Dublin, Class of 2017

Law & Leadership Institute, Mock Trial Coach

The Ohio State Moritz College of Law Lawrence Negotiation Competition Judge

Columbus Preparatory Academy, Board of Trustees (2016-2018)

Columbus Arts & Technology Academy, Board of Trustees (2016-2018)

Firm Committees

Yaz serves or has served in the following leadership role(s) at Frost Brown Todd:

Recruiting Committee, Member

Client Experience Team, Member

Innovation Team, Member

Presentations

Yaz was invited to speak at the following events:

Eminent Domain Conference – Eminent Domain Institute, CLE International, May 2018

National Business Institute Seminar Presenter on Land Use, Zoning, and Development: Getting Government Approvals, November 2017

Presented Case Law Update at Ohio Municipal Attorneys Association 2013 Winter Law Seminar

Major Publications

Yaz is an author or contributor to the following publications:

Traffic Cameras Being Considered by Legislature and Courts, Cities & Villages (July/August 2014)

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