John P. Slagter

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Real Estate Attorney in Cleveland, OH

Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLC
 | 1375 East 9th Street, Suite 1700
Cleveland, OH 44114
Phone: 216-615-7331
Fax: 216-615-3049
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1991
Practice Areas:
  • Real Estate: Business (40%),
  • Land Use/Zoning (40%),
  • Construction Litigation: Business (10%),
  • Eminent Domain (10%)
Attorney Profile

As chairman of the executive committee and managing partner of the firm, John P. Slagter is an integral part of Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLC. He focuses his Ohio law practice on areas of real property tax, commercial litigation, eminent domain, valuation complaints, construction, real estate and land use and zoning. Able to quickly identify solutions and guide clients through tough decisions, Mr. Slagter helps businesses thrive even as they work through legal issues.

In practice for more than 25 years, Mr. Slagter earned a Bachelor of Arts from John Carroll University in 1988 and then moved on to Case Reserve Western University School of Law to earn a Juris Doctor in 1991. An engaging presenter and prolific writer, he regularly shares his knowledge with other professionals through outlets such as Properties Magazine, CLE International and the National Business Institute.

Mr. Slagter is admitted to practice in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio and throughout the state of Ohio. An active participant in both professional and civic organizations, he is a member of the following: the American Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association, the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, the International Council of Shopping Centers, the Home Builders Association of Summit and Portage Counties and The 50 Club of Cleveland. He is also the chairman of the board of directors for the YMCA of Greater Cleveland.

For his commitment to legal ethics and professional accomplishments, he is AV Preeminent peer-review rated,* the highest rating, through Martindale-Hubbell and has been recognized by America’s Top 100 as a Top 100 American Lawyers in Ohio.

* AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Real Estate (40%): Landlord/Tenant

Land Use/Zoning (40%)

Construction Litigation (10%): Construction Defects

Eminent Domain (10%)

Focus Areas

Landlord/Tenant, Construction Defects


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Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2019

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About John Slagter

Admitted: 1991, Ohio

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  • Recipient: “Associate Supplier of the Year Award” from the Home Builder’s Association of Portage and Summit counties for his volunteer work assisting the association with drafting their form contracts
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating of AV® Preeminent™
  • Recognized in Super Lawyers Business Edition® for Real Estate, 2011
  • Recognized in Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition® for Real Estate, 2009
  • Named to Cleveland’s Super Lawyers® Top 50 List, 2015-2016
  • Named to Cleveland’s Super Lawyers® Top 50 List, 2012
  • Named to Ohio’s Super Lawyers® Top 100 List, 2015-2016
  • Named to Ohio’s Super Lawyers® Top 100 List, 2012
  • Recognized in Super Lawyers Business Edition® for Real Estate, 2015
  • Selected for inclusion in Ohio’s Super Lawyers®, as voted by his peers, 2004-2017
  • Named Best Lawyers in America® ‘Lawyer of the Year’ for Cleveland Litigation – Real Estate, 2013
  • Named Best Lawyers in America® ‘Lawyer of the Year’ in the Cleveland area for Litigation – Real Estate, 2016
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America®, 2007-2018
  • Named a Best Lawyers in America® 'Lawyer of the Year' for Land Use and Zoning Law, 2017
  • Recognized as a Top 100 American Lawyer in Ohio by America's Top 100™

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Ohio Bar, 1991
  • Member, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Real Estate and Litigation Sections
  • Past Chairman, Governmental Law Subcommittee
  • Member, Ohio State Bar Association, Real Estate and Litigation Sections
  • Member, American Bar Association, Litigation, Real Property and Construction Law Sections
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • Member, Legal Fee Dispute Committee
  • Member, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Member, Ohio State Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Member, Board of Directors Executive Committee, Akron Zoo
  • Member, The 50 Club of Cleveland
  • Member, Home Builders Association of Summit and Portage Counties
  • Member, International Council of Shopping Centers
  • Member, Society of Benchers, Case Western School of Law
  • Chairman, Board of Directors: YMCA of Greater Cleveland
  • Member, Church of the Assumption Financial Committee

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • “Rain, Rain, Go Away: Understanding Legal Issues Surrounding Control of Surface Water Runoff,” Properties Magazine
  • “You Pick the Time and Place--- I Will Be There! - Forum Selection Clauses in Commercial Leases,” Properties Magazine
  • “Don’t Forget About CAUV When Purchasing Real Estate,” Properties Magazine
  • “Real Property Tax: Assessment and Appeals,” Properties Magazine
  • “Can the Government Stop Development Without Compensating You?” Properties Magazine
  • “Yes, You Can Fight City Hall – When Zoning is a ‘Regulatory Taking’,” Properties Magazine
  • “Ohio’s New Condominium Law: An Overview of the Changes,” Properties Magazine
  • “Acceleration of Rent,” Properties Magazine
  • “The Power of Eminent Domain in Economic Revitalization Projects,” Properties Magazine
  • “Mutual Mistake in the Calculation of the Square Footage of a Commercial Lease,” Properties Magazine
  • “U.S. Supreme Court Decides Landmark Eminent Domain Case,” Properties Magazine
  • “U.S. Supreme Court Extends Reach of Eminent Domain,” Cleveland Bar Association Journal
  • “Development in Commercial Real Estate Taxation,” Properties Magazine
  • “Ohio Supreme Court Clarifies the Procedure for a Constitutional Challenge of a Zoning Regulation,” Properties Magazine
  • “When It’s Worthwhile to Litigate,” Hardwood Floors Magazine
  • “Exhaust Other Remedies Before Litigation,” Properties Magazine
  • “Resolving Disputes in Construction Law,” Inside the Minds: Construction Law Litigation Strategies, Aspatore Books, 2007
  • "Real Property Complaint Filing Deadline Approaching," Properties Magazine, 2010
  • Quoted in "Commercial Foreclosure Activity is Picking Up," Crain's Cleveland Business, 2015
  • "Buckingham Regains Strength After Long Battle," Crain's Cleveland Business, 2015
  • "The Art of the 'Short Term Deal' - Negotiate Like Trump," Properties Magazine, 2016
  • "5 techniques to master the craft of effective communication," Crain's Cleveland Business, 2017
  • “The Legality of Impact Fees,” CLE International
  • “Mechanics’ Lien Law and Fairness in Contracting Law,” American Society of Professional Estimators – Northeast Ohio Chapter
  • “Land Use Law,” CLE International
  • “Construction Lien Law," Lorman Education Seminar
  • “HBA Forms Seminar,” Home Builders Association of Summit and Portage Counties
  • “Advanced Zoning and Land Use,” Lorman Education Seminar
  • “New Home Construction,” OSBA-Residential Real Estate Transactions Seminar
  • “Ethics and Disclosure Panel Discussion,” OSBA-Residential Real Estate Transactions Seminar
  • “Eminent Domain: An Examination of the Kelo Case and Others, and Their Impact on Development in Urban Settings,” Real Estate Law Institute
  • “Construction Lien Law in Ohio,” Lorman Education Services
  • “Recent Developments in Land Use and Eminent Domain,” Annual Real Estate & Construction Law Seminar
  • “The State of Eminent Domain Law in 2006; an Examination of the Kelo Case and Legislative and Judicial Response to this Groundbreaking Case,” Old Republic Title Seminar
  • “Land Law Use and a Primer on Eminent Domain (Condemnation) Law and Procedure," Half Moon LLC
  • “A Primer of Eminent Domain (Condemnation) Law Procedure: How and When To Use This Tool," Ohio GFOA Debt Seminar
  • “Legal Strategies for Real Property Tax,” Annual Real Estate & Construction Law Seminar, 2009
  • "Eminent Domain Legislation: An Update on Ohio Law Resulting from SB7: What Has the New Law Changed and How has it Affected Your Practice," CLE International - Annual Eminent Domain Conference, 2009
  • “Calculation and Recovery of Operating Expenses,” Negotiating Commercial Leases Seminar, 2009
  • “Fee Not So Simple: Understanding Relative Rights to Land Access and Use - Complying with Land Use Laws and Regulations,” Half Moon Education Inc., 2013
  • “Ohio Property Tax Complaints and Appeals: Developing a Strategy for Success,” 2013 Northeast Ohio State & Local Tax Conference, 2013
  • “Retail, Office and Restaurant Leases: Key Provisions and Warranties,” NBI (National Business Institute), 2013
  • "World War Z: Surviving the Zoning Apocalypse," Buckingham's Real Estate & Construction Seminar, 2016
  • "Going for the Win: Cleveland Sports & the Real Estate Development Game," Buckingham's Real Estate & Construction Seminar, 2017
  • Panelist, Law Firm Profitability, Thomson Reuters Legal Executive Institute Event (2017)

Educational Background:

  • John Carroll University, Cleveland, Ohio, B.A., 1988

Industry Groups

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction
  • Eminent Domain
  • Land Use And Zoning
  • Real Estate
  • Real Property Tax
  • Valuation Complaints
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Office Location for John P. Slagter

1375 East 9th Street
Suite 1700
Cleveland, OH 44114

Phone: 216-615-7331

Fax: 216-615-3049

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