Richard T. Craven

Richard T. Craven

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Real Estate Attorney in Columbus, OH

Sikora Law LLC
 | 175 S. Third Street, Suite 870
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-444-7774
Fax: 614-444-7775
Selected To Rising Stars: 2014 - 2021
Licensed Since: 2007
Practice Areas:
  • Real Estate: Business
    Attorney Profile

    Rick is the Managing Director of Sikora Law. Rick’s practice is focused entirely on real estate law. Rick handles real estate transactions and resolves disputes for real estate companies. Rick’s extensive experience litigating hundreds of real estate disputes has helped shape his approach, advice, and mindset related to our real estate transactional Clients by providing practical and common sense solutions to avoid deal landmines and focus on issues that actually matter. He also handles title claims and direct litigation for title insurance companies. Rick spearheads deal documentation for developers, lenders, owners, tenants, brokers, and other corporate and individual Clients involving development issues, commercial landlord-tenant matters. From a transactional perspective, Rick helps clients navigate in a cost-effective manner through acquisitions, sales, leasing, loan document review, financing, title and survey review, and closing coordination.

    Rick has been selected as an Ohio Rising Star by Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019. Rick is a member of the Real Property Law Committee of the Columbus Bar Association. He is a Board Member of the Central Ohio Chapter of NAIOP, and he previously served as Legislative Chair for the Chapter. Rick’s prior experience includes a judicial clerkship with the Seventh District Court of Appeals. He obtained his law degree magna cum laude from Capital University Law School, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration magna cum laude from The Ohio State University.

    About Richard Craven

    Admitted: 2007, Ohio

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    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • In 2016 and 2017, I presented a Caselaw and Legislative Update at two seminars for the title insurance agents of Fidelity National Title Insurance Group., Speaker, Caselaw and Legislative Update, 2016
    • I spoke for an hour providing a caselaw and legislative for four years (2013-2016) for the Ohio Land Title Association involving the developments in Ohio law that have the most significant effect on the land title industry.  The program provided a summary and analysis of the most significant cases and legislation along with the ramifications of such decisions and legislation on title, escrow, and closing professionals in Ohio., Speaker/Presenter, OLTA Caselaw and Legislative Update, Title Insurance Industry And Real Estate Lawyers, 2013
    • I presented for one hour for five years (2013-2016) involving the title insurance industry, claims, and pitfalls of title insurance agents. The presentation was well attended and provided insight and tips from my personal experience litigating real estate and title issues., Speaker, Title Problems and Caselaw Update in the World of Distressed Real Estate, Conestoga Title Insurance Seminar, 2013


    • The Fifth District Court of Appeals affirmed the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas and held that the owner of a landlocked parcel (“the Casey Property”) was entitled to an implied access easement by necessity.  S.V. Inc. v. Casey, 5th Dist. No. 12 CAE 07 0043, 2013-Ohio-1882.  I represented Plaintiff/Appellee Clara Jane Casey (“Casey”) in the above referenced case. Ultimately, the Fifth District held that the easement has been accessed for the use and benefit of theCasey Property for at least 55 years, so the Court upheld the Trial Court’sDecision that Casey proved an easement by necessity.  This Decision provides clarification thatminimal use of an access easement is still sufficient to establish an easementby necessity to landlocked property when the current and previous owners of theservient estate had knowledge that the access easement existed for severalyears, 2013
    • The Tenth District Court of Appeals affirmed the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas and acknowledged the limited but significant role title insurance companies play in real estate transactions and the resulting limited liability of title insurers.  Anderson v. Preferred Title & Guaranty Agency, Inc., 10th Dist. No. 13AP-385, 2014-Ohio-518.  I represented the Stewart Title Guaranty Company.  The Anderson case reinforces the concept that a title insurer plays a limited role in real estate transactions, and the existence of a title insurance underwriting agreement does not necessarily result in liability to the title insurer for errors made by a closing agent. , 2014

    Industry Groups

    • and Title Insurance
    • Brokerage
    • Commercial Lending
    • Real Estate Development
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    Office Location for Richard T. Craven

    175 S. Third Street
    Suite 870
    Columbus, OH 43215

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