Michael J. Sikora III

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Real Estate Attorney in Cleveland, OH

Sikora Law LLC
 | 737 Bolivar Road, Suite 270
Cleveland, OH 44115
Phone: 440-569-6963
Fax: 440-266-7778
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2021
Selected To Rising Stars: 2005 - 2007, 2011 - 2013
Licensed Since: 1998
Practice Areas:
  • Real Estate: Business (40%),
  • Business Litigation (30%),
  • Appellate (10%),
  • Civil Litigation: Defense (10%),
  • Civil Litigation: Plaintiff (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Mike helps Real Estate Companies with Transactional Projects and Dispute Situations, leveraging his firm’s experience shaping Ohio Real Estate Law.


    Attorney Michael J. Sikora III (“Mike”) is the Managing Partner of Sikora Law LLC, which has offices in Downtown Cleveland and Downtown Columbus, Ohio.  Throughout his 22 year legal career, Mike has focused on advocating for real estate companies throughout Ohio, whether the matter involves successfully handling a dispute, structuring a transaction, keeping a client out of trouble, or maximizing the client’s chances of obtaining compensation for its efforts.  Mike’s firm has won more appellate cases that have made more favorable law for real estate companies than any other firm.  Mike has also drafted and advocated for the passage of several Bills that have become Ohio real estate law, and he has testified as an expert before the Ohio General Assembly several times.

    Over the course of his legal career, Mike has gained a favorable reputation for being an invaluable legal advocate for his clients during all types of litigation or regulatory, legislative, or transactional matters.  Mike is a licensed Ohio title insurance agent and he has a real estate salesperson’s license (currently on inactive status). 

    Mike grew up with real estate as the family business.  Before becoming an attorney, Mike worked for several real estate companies.  Before founding Sikora Law LLC, Mike worked for a boutique real estate practice, a prominent litigation firm, and a corporate defense firm.  Through these experiences, he gained valuable insight and perspective that he uses every day to efficiently and effectively address his clients' needs and maximize their chances of obtaining favorable outcomes.

    Mike earned his B.S.B.A. in Finance from The Ohio State University in 1995, and he obtained his Juris Doctor cum laude from Capital University Law School in 1998.  While in law school, he served as Chief Justice of the Moot Court Board and was Champion of the Moot Court Competition.  He also published an article in Capital's Law Review.  He is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, and the Ohio Supreme Court.

    A leader in his field, Mr. Sikora is past President of both the Ohio Land Title Association and the Northern Ohio Chapter of NAIOP, which was named North American Chapter of the Year for the year that Mike served as President.  He has also served as Chair of each organization's Education Committee.  Mike is slated to serve as Chair of the Ohio State Bar Association Real Property Section Council from 2021-2023, currently serving as its Vice Chair and on the Executive Committee.  Mike will serve as President of NAIOP Ohio from 2023-2025, currently serving as its Vice Chair and on its Executive Committee. 

    Along with his professional affiliations, Mike has written extensively and conducted seminars across Ohio, in particular, but also across the region, on a variety of topics.  He has served as Editor for the Lexis-Nexis Treatise on Ohio Real Property Law & Practice since 2018.  He has also received the Forty Under Forty distinction from Crain’s Cleveland Business, along with many other accolades from his peers.

    Practice Areas
    • 40%Real Estate: Business
    • 30%Business Litigation
    • 10%Appellate
    • 10%Civil Litigation: Defense
    • 10%Civil Litigation: Plaintiff
    Focus Areas

    Landlord/Tenant, Mortgage & Refinance, Appeals


    Selected to Super Lawyers for 2 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 6 years

    Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2021 Rising Stars: 2005 - 2007, 2011 - 2013

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    About Michael Sikora III

    Admitted: 1998, Ohio

    Professional Webpage: http://www.sikoralaw.com/michael-sikora/


    • President's Award, Ohio Land Title Association, 2005
    • Chief Justice of the Moot Court Board, Capital University Law School
    • Moot Court Champion, Capital University Law School
    • Ohio Super Lawyer or Super Lawyer Rising Star for 7 times, most recently in 2019
    • 40 Under 40, Crain's Cleveland Business, 2011
    • Member of the Year, NAIOP Northern Ohio Chapter, 2008

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Ohio Title Insurance Agent's License, 2004
    • Ohio Real Estate License - voluntarily inactive

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Chair-Elect of the Chair of the Education Committee and Trustee of the Northern Ohio Chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties
    • Former Chair of the Ohio Land Title Association Education Committee
    • President Northern Ohio Chapter of NAIOP 2016 (North American Chapter of the Year Award)
    • Ohio State Bar Association Real Property Section Council Chair 2022-2023
    • President of the Ohio Land Title Association 2010-2011
    • American Land Title Association Title Counsel 2015-Present
    • Ohio State Bar Association Real Property Section Council 2010-Present
    • Ohio State Bar Association Real Property Section Council Executive Committee 2018-2023

    Educational Background:

    • The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, as a Finance Major

    Industry Groups

    • Commercial Brokerage
    • Development
    • Real Estate Title
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    Office Location for Michael J. Sikora III

    737 Bolivar Road
    Suite 270
    Cleveland, OH 44115

    Phone: 440-569-6963

    Fax: 440-266-7778

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