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Irving B. Sugerman

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Irv is a partner in Brouse McDowell’s Real Estate and Litigation Groups. His practice includes all facets of land use planning, zoning, economic development, real estate, and business litigation. Through his years of litigation and trial practice, Irv has become a leader in governmental law and litigation, as well as mediation and alternative dispute resolution.

Irv serves as the law director/solicitor for five political subdivisions; Copley, Springfield, and Coventry Townships; and the Villages of Lakemore and Lodi. He also regularly represents many other Northeast Ohio political subdivisions as special counsel. Prior to joining Brouse McDowell, Irv served as Managing Partner for a local law firm. He has also served as the Adjunct Professor of Negotiations at The University of Akron.

  • Biography

    Irv is a partner in Brouse McDowell’s Real Estate and Litigation Groups. His practice includes all facets of land use planning, zoning, economic development, real estate, and business litigation. Through his years of litigation and trial practice, Irv has become a leader in governmental law and litigation, as well as mediation and alternative dispute resolution.

    Irv serves as the law director/solicitor for five political subdivisions; Copley, Springfield, and Coventry Townships; and the Villages of Lakemore and Lodi. He also regularly represents many other Northeast Ohio political subdivisions as special counsel. Prior to joining Brouse McDowell, Irv served as Managing Partner for a local law firm. He has also served as the Adjunct Professor of Negotiations at The University of Akron.

  • Professional & Civic Activities
    • County of Summit ADM, Board of Directors
    • Conservancy for the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Board of Directors
    • Akron Bar Association, Board of Trustees
    • Andrea Rose Teodosio Foundation, Board of Directors
    • Stewart's Caring Place Cancer Wellness Center, Past President
    • University of Akron School of Law, Former Adjunct Professor of Negotiations, 2002-2016
    • Ohio State Bar Association, Member
    • Akron Bar Association Foundation, Fellow
    • Bath Township Zoning Commission, Former Member
    • Jewish Community Board of Akron, Past President
    • Ohio Jewish Communities, Government Affairs Committee, Past President
    • Shaw Jewish Community Center, Past President
  • Articles & Presentations
    • "Dispute Resolution," Brouse McDowell Business Minutes (February 19, 2016)
    • Irv is a frequent lecturer in the areas of zoning, land use, economic development, negotiations, mediation, and various topics involving real estate. He has made presentations to and taught seminars for the Akron Bar Association, the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, The University of Akron School of Law, and the Ohio Township Association.
  • Representative Engagements
    • Served as general counsel to the Chapter 7 Trustee in In re: Arter & Hadden, a now defunct 160 year old Cleveland law firm that declared bankruptcy in 2004. In that capacity, served as lead counsel in over 140 adversary proceedings against former clients of Arter & Hadden, and in all adversary litigation involving the firm's secured lenders. Secured an $11 million dollar settlement against the former partners of Arter & Hadden, and their insurance carriers.
    • Rpresented a consortium of insurance companies in the successful defense of a complex multi-million dollar legal malpractice claim in the US District Court, Norther District of Ohio.
    • Served as co-counsel in a successful defense of NBA star LeBron James in a $15 million dollar lawsuit in the Summit County Court of Common Pleas.
    • Negotiated the first Joint Economic Development Districts in the State of Ohio with the city of Akron on behalf of Coventry and Springfield Townships.
    • Negotiated a significant settlement in legal malpractice claims on behalf of the heirs of a deceased billionaire against a northeast Ohio law firm.
    • Obtained a multi-million dollar settlement for a trust beneficiary in litigation before the Summit County Probate Court.
    • Obtained a $500,000 judgement in an environmental claim against the former owners of a dry cleaning establishment in the Summit County Court of Common Pleas.
    • Represented MetroParks, Serving Summit County in successful litigation and administrative proceedings in the US District Court and before the Sixth and District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, successfully defeating efforts to construct a hydro-electric plant in the Gorge Metro Park.
    • Martin v Design Construction ‒ Served as co-counsel in a case decided by the Ohio Supreme Court which established the measure of damages in a breach of contract suit by a homeowner against a contractor. The Supreme Court unanimously reversed a decision by the Ninth District Court of Appeals decision in a victory for homeowners and consumers statewide.
    • Copley Township v Pearson ‒ Obtained a permanent injunction against the owner of over 90 exotic animals and coordinated the rescue and relocation of the animals to sanctuaries across the United States.
    • State v Brooks, 75 Ohio St. 3d 148 (1996) ‒ Represented Antonio Brooks in having his death sentence vacated by the Ohio Supreme Court.
    • Has served as law director, solicitor or special counsel to the cities of Barberton, Green, Munroe Falls, Fairlawn, Norton (Interim Law Director), the Townships of Bath, Twinsburg, Richfield, Franklin and Chippewa, and the Villages of Lakemore, Reminderville and Hartville.
  • Distinctions
    • The Best Lawyers in America© through a peer-review survey as listed in the Land Use and Zoning Law and Municipal Law sections — 2012-2019
    • The Best Lawyers in America© through a peer-review survey as listed in the Real Estate Law section — 2017, 2019
    • Selected to the Ohio Super Lawyers® list for Land Use & Zoning — 2009-2019
    • John R. Quine Outstanding Adjunct Professor Award, University of Akron School of Law — 2012
    • Ohio Legislative Black Caucus Commendation — 2005
    • President’s Award, Shaw Jewish Community Center
    • Isroff Young Leadership Award, Akron Jewish Community Federation
    • Glauberman Leadership Award, Shaw Jewish Community Center