Gressley, Kaplin & Parker, LLP

Gressley, Kaplin & Parker, LLP

Our dedicated legal team stands ready to serve our Ohio and Michigan clients

Firm Overview

Since 1980 Gressley, Kaplin & Parker, LLP has been committed to helping Ohio and Michigan businesses in our areas of focus that include business law, sophisticated land use planning, zoning appeals, real estate and banking matters.

Most members have large firm experience and specialized areas of expertise. We have earned the respect of both clients and the legal community in Ohio. Several members are AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell or BV Distinguished Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell both distinctions signifying the highest quality legal work, professionalism and ethical standards. In addition, Gressley, Kaplin & Parker, LLP has been recognized by the U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers as one of the nation's "best Law Firms" for 2011-2014, giving it a prestigious "first tier" ranking in Real Estate Law and a "second tier" ranking in Land Use and Zoning Law.

Meet several of our skilled attorneys:
-Jerome R. Parker is recognized for his ability and experience as a zoning and land-use attorney.
-Bruce S. Schoenberger has had extensive experience in real estate, corporate and commercial transactional work including business bankruptcy and receivership representation.
-Howard B. Hershman is widely known for his representation of financial institutions in the area of creditors' rights, both in bankruptcy and in collection matters.
-Jeffrey C. Zilba has more than 20 years of trial and appellate litigation experience.
-David A. Cole has previous experience in the business group of a large firm, and spent more than 12 years in-house with a large company in the service, manufacturing and specialty construction industries, where he was responsible for litigation, acquisitions, commercial real estate and general business transactions.
-Todd J. Kuhn has had extensive experience in real estate and business law.
-Thomas E. Puffenberger, II is recognized for his ability and experience in real estate, estate planning and landlord/tenant law, specializing in manufactured home law.

With the additions of Mr. Zilba and Mr. Tomlinson, the firm now offers expanded litigation services, including wrongful death, medical malpractice, personal injury and criminal defense.

We strive for excellence while applying the most cost-effective solutions available and we endeavor to produce the best outcome for each client's particular needs and goals.

Successfully serving clients in Ohio
Gressley, Kaplin & Parker, LLP meets the legal needs of businesses in Toledo and Northwestern Ohio and Southeastern Michigan.
Main Office
Main Office
One SeaGate, Suite 1645
Toledo  OH  43604-1584
Phone
  • 419-244-8336
Fax
  • 419-244-1914
Websites
Real Estate
Experienced Ohio Real Estate Lawyers
The attorneys at Gressley, Kaplin & Parker, LLP apply their extensive knowledge and 32 years of experience in property rights, real estate issues, finance and business matters to handle all areas of real estate law. Gressley, Kaplin & Parker, LLP can help you with:
-Residential real estate
-Commercial real estate
-Homeowners associations
-Condominium law
-Landlord-tenant disputes
-Evictions
-Foreclosures
-Real estate contracts
-Eminent domain
-Zoning, land use and building permits
-Boundary and easement disputes
-Title disputes

Real estate transaction lawyers
From offer to sale, Gressley, Kaplin & Parker, LLP handles all aspects of buying and selling real estate and construction on property so that you can feel confident about a smooth and precise transaction. In furtherance of your real estate transaction, our attorneys can:
-Draft or review your sales contract
-Negotiate real estate agreements
-Review your lending documents
-Search and clear titles
-Analyze your deal and rectify potential problems
-Handle land use, zoning and permitting
-Conduct your real estate closing

Real estate litigation attorneys
Real estate litigation requires substantial knowledge of Ohio property laws and civil litigation, as well as a dynamic courtroom presence. At Gressley, Kaplin & Parker, LLP, our attorneys possess the knowledge necessary to successfully litigate your real estate disputes.

Real estate negotiators
Some disputes are better solved outside of the courtroom. Our effective mediators can guide negotiations to best protect your interests. By retaining an experienced mediator to strategize the contract negotiation process, you can often prevent disputes from arising at a later stage in the real estate transaction, and so save time, money and frustration.

Jerome R. Parker

Areas of practice
-Land use
-Zoning law
-Real estate law
-Banking law
-Admitted to practice
-Ohio, 1973
-U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio

Awards and honors
-AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
-Best Lawyers in America, 1995 2014
-Phi Alpha Delta

Education
-University of Virginia, L.L.M., 1974
-University of Toledo, J.D., cum laude, 1973
-University of Toledo, B.A., 1969

Professional memberships
-Toledo Bar Association
-Ohio State Bar Association
-American Bar Association

Biography
-Born in Toledo, Ohio
Education
  • University of Virginia
    LL.M. , 1974

Bruce S. Schoenberger

Areas of practice
-Real estate law
-Commercial law
-Closely held business law
-Receiverships
-Civil litigation
-Bankruptcy
-Admitted to practice
-Ohio, 1983
-U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
-U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
-U.S. Supreme Court, 1993

Awards and honors
-BV Distinguished Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell a widely respected mark of achievement signifying quality legal work, professionalism and solid ethical standards

Education
-Ohio State University, J.D., with honors, 1983
-Miami University, B.A., 1978

Professional memberships
-Toledo Bar Association
-Ohio State Bar Association
-American Bar Association

Biography
-Born in Toledo, Ohio
Education
  • Ohio State University
    Juris Doctorate , 1983

Howard B. Hershman

Areas of practice
-Commercial law
-Bankruptcy
-Banking law
-Collection
-Civil litigation
-Admitted to practice
-Ohio, 1978
-U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
-U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit,1988
-Michigan, 1993

Awards and honors
-BV Distinguished Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell a widely respected mark of achievement signifying quality legal work, professionalism and solid ethical standards
-Phi Kappa Phi
-Order of Barristers

Education
-Ohio State University, J.D., magna cum laude, 1978
-The University of Toledo, B.A., 1975

Professional memberships
-Toledo Bar Association
-Ohio State Bar Association
Education
  • Ohio State University
    Juris Doctorate , 1978

Todd J. Kuhn

Areas of practice
-Real estate
-Corporate law
-Intellectual property
-Closely held business law
-Employment law
-Admitted to practice
-Ohio, 2002

Education
-University of Toledo, J.D., 2002
-Bowling Green State University, B.S., honors program, 1998

Professional memberships
-Toledo Bar Association
-Ohio State Bar Association
- American Bar Association

Biography
-Phi Alpha Theta
Education
  • University of Toledo
    Juris Doctorate , 2002

Jeffrey C. Zilba

Areas of practice
-Personal Injury
-Medical Malpractice
-Criminal Law
-DUI/DWI
-Business Development
-Business Formation
-Business Litigation
-Civil Practice
-Wills
-Probate
-Immigration Law
-Removal Proceedings
-Admitted to practice
-Ohio, 1987
-U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio and Southeastern District of Michigan
-U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth and Seventh Circuits
-U.S. Supreme Court

Education
-The University of Toledo College of Law (J.D., 1987)
-The University of Toledo, B.A., 1984

Professional memberships
-Toledo Bar Association
-Ohio State Bar Association
-American Bar Association
-Ohio Association for Justice (Board of Trustees Member)

Biography
-Born in Fort Monmouth, New Jersey
Education
  • The University of Toledo College of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1987

David A. Cole

Areas of practice
-Commercial
-Corporate
-Contracts
-Employment
-Estate Planning
-Estate Administration
-Admitted to practice
-Ohio, 1986
-U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio

Awards and honors
-BV Distinguished Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell a widely respected mark of achievement signifying quality legal work, professionalism and solid ethical standards

Education
-Case Western Reserve University, J.D., 1986
-Miami University, B.S., 1983

Professional memberships
-Toledo Bar Association
-Ohio State Bar Association
-American Bar Association

Biography
-Born in Napoleon, Ohio
Education
  • Case Western Reserve University
    Juris Doctorate , 1986

Thomas E. Puffenberger, II

Areas of practice
-Real estate
-Corporate law
-Estate planning
-Closely held corporations
-Landlord and tenant law
-Mobile Home Law
-Admitted to practice
-Ohio, 2006

Education
-University of Toledo, J.D., 2006
-Heidelberg College, B.S.A., 2002

Professional memberships
-Toledo Bar Association
-Ohio State Bar Association

Biography
-Born in Tiffin, Ohio
Education
  • University of Toledo
    Juris Doctorate , 2006

Corey L. Tomlinson

Areas of practice
-Civil Practice
-Criminal Defense
-DUI/DWI
-Personal Injury
-Wrongful Death
-Admitted to practice
-Ohio, 2008
-U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio

Education
-University of Toledo, J.D. 2006
-Ohio Northern University, B.S.B.A., with distinction, 2003

Professional memberships
-Toledo Bar Association
-Ohio State Bar Association
-Ohio Association for Justice

Reported cases
-Burel v. Burel, 2010-WL-5269831, 2010-Ohio-6216
-State v. Major, 180 Ohio App. 3d 29, 903 NE2d 1272

Biography
-Born in Lima, Ohio
Education
  • University of Toledo
    Juris Doctorate , 2006

Rosalind Reiser

Areas of practice
-Estate planning
-Probate
-Tax
-Corporate
-Admitted to practice
-Michigan, 1997

Education
-University of Toledo, J.D., cum laude, 1985
-University of Michigan, B.S., 1967

Professional memberships
-Monroe County Bar Association
-American Bar Association
-State Bar of Michigan


Publications
-Order of the Coif Author, "Due Process Limitation on the Unitary Business Principle," 7 Journal of State Taxation

Biography
-Born in Riverside, California
-Resident of Monroe, practices in the Michigan office
Education
  • University of Toledo
    Juris Doctorate , 1985
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