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.
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.
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, J.D., 2012
The University of Texas, B.S., Sport Management, Business
United States District Court
Southern District of Ohio
Northern District of Ohio
United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
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
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
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)
Recruiting Committee, Member
Client Experience Team, Member
Innovation Team, Member
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
March 17, 2021
December 9, 2020
November 27, 2019
April 11, 2019
December 5, 2018
April 4, 2016
June 29, 2015
January 5, 2015