John P. Slagter

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Real Estate Attorney in Cleveland, OH

Tucker Ellis LLP
 | 950 Main Avenue, Suite 1100
Cleveland, OH 44113
Phone: 216-696-5863
Fax: 216-592-5009
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1991
Practice Areas:
  • Real Estate: Business (40%),
  • Land Use/Zoning (40%),
  • Eminent Domain (10%),
  • Construction Litigation: Business (10%)
Attorney Profile

John P. Slagter is a Partner at Tucker Ellis, LLP. 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%)

Eminent Domain (10%)

Construction Litigation (10%): Construction Defects

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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  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America®, 2007-2018
  • Selected for inclusion in Ohio’s Super Lawyers®, as voted by his peers, 2004-2017
  • Named to Ohio’s Super Lawyers® Top 100 List, 2015-2016
  • Recognized in Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition® for Real Estate, 2009
  • 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
  • Recognized as a Top 100 American Lawyer in Ohio by America's Top 100™
  • Named Best Lawyers in America® ‘Lawyer of the Year’ in the Cleveland area for Litigation – Real Estate, 2016
  • Recognized in Super Lawyers Business Edition® for Real Estate, 2015
  • Named to Cleveland’s Super Lawyers® Top 50 List, 2012
  • Recognized in Super Lawyers Business Edition® for Real Estate, 2011
  • Named a Best Lawyers in America® 'Lawyer of the Year' for Land Use and Zoning Law, 2017
  • Named Best Lawyers in America® ‘Lawyer of the Year’ for Cleveland Litigation – Real Estate, 2013
  • Named to Ohio’s Super Lawyers® Top 100 List, 2012
  • Named to Cleveland’s Super Lawyers® Top 50 List, 2015-2016
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating of AV® Preeminent™

Bar/Professional Activity:

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

Pro bono/Community Service:

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

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

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

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

950 Main Avenue
Suite 1100
Cleveland, OH 44113

Phone: 216-696-5863

Fax: 216-592-5009

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Last Updated: 4/9/2019

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