Monica E. Russell - Of Counsel

Education & Experience

  • University of Akron, School of Law, J.D. (2002)
  • John Carroll University, Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude (1999)

Notable Experience and Cases:

  • Primary practice includes litigation related to real estate and small business disputes and transactional work related to commercial and residential sales and leasing
  • Lead counsel in complex civil cases involving contract claims, leases, foreclosures, partition, quiet title, fraud, and other areas
  • Held over one hundred depositions and argued appeals throughout Northeast Ohio
  • Clients include, but are not limited to, national title insurance underwriters and their insureds, title companies, financial institutions, commercial and residential landlords and tenants, and small businesses

 

  • In re Messer, 2016-Ohio-510 – Submitted Amicus Curie brief to the Ohio Supreme Court on behalf of the Ohio Land Title Association.
  • Anzalaco v. Graber, 8th Dist. Nos. 96761, 96787, 2012-Ohio-2057.
  • Asset Management West 9, LLC v. McBrayer, 12th Dist. No. CA2014-02-004, 2014-Ohio-2479.
  • Commonwealth Land Title Ins. Co. v. Choice Title Agency, Inc., 9th Dist. Nos. 11CA009981, 11CA009983, 2012-Ohio-2824.
  • Dedinsky v. Booth, 8th Dist. No. 93481, 2010-Ohio-2349.
  • Degirolamo v. Suntrust (In re Brode), Case No. 10-6032, 2010 Bankr. LEXIS 2761 (Bankr. N.D. Ohio 2010).
  • Faraj v. Mohammad, Eighth Dist. No. CA15103374, 2016-Ohio-3261.
  • In re Ma (Mayher v. Ma), 375 B.R. 387, 48 Bankr. Ct. Dec. 262 (Bankr. N.D. Ohio 2007).
  • Kemp v. Reno, 9th Dist. No. 10CA0033-M, 2011-Ohio-4168.
  • Summit Gardens Association v. Lemongelli, et. al., 11th Dist. No. 2006-P-0050, 2007-Ohio-6720.

 

Awards and Honors:

  •  Ohio State Bar Association Certified Specialist in Residential Real Property Law: 2014-present.
  • Named an Ohio Rising Star in General Litigation in Ohio Super Lawyers Magazine: 2012 - 2017.
  • Named the 2013 Attorney of the Year for Medina County by the Volunteer Legal Services Program of Community Legal Aid.

 

Bar and Court Admissions/Memberships:

  • The Supreme Court of Ohio: 2002
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio: 2003
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio: 2008
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit: 2011
  • Medina County Bar Association: Treasurer, 2016
  • Ohio Land Title Association: Member of the Legislative Update Committee
  • Ohio State Bar Association: Member of the Real Property Law Section Council.

Publications & Lectures

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

* Titles to Real Estate in Ohio, June 7, 2016, sponsored by the Ohio State Bar Association, Course Planner, Speaker, “Good Deeds.”

* Quiet Title Actions in Ohio, March 8, 2016, sponsored by National Business Institute. Speaker.

* First American Title Insurance Spring Seminar, June 3, 2015. Speaker, “Case Law and Legislative Update.”

* Titles to Real Estate in Ohio, sponsored by the Ohio State Bar Association, June 5, 2015. Speaker, “Liens and Encumbrances Affecting Real Estate.”

* 2014 Real Estate Law Institute, Nov. 2014, sponsored by the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Real Estate Section. Speaker, “Legislative Update.”

* Real Estate Transactions from Start to Finish, November 6, 2014, sponsored by National Business Institute. Speaker, “Deed Preparation & Recording.”

* Essentials of a Commercial Real Estate Transaction, June 18, 2014, sponsored by the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Real Estate Section. Moderator.

* Quiet Title Law in Ohio, Dec. 5, 2013, sponsored by National Business Institute. Speaker, “Quiet Title Law: Overview & Update,” “Initiating a Quiet Title Action.”

* 2013 Real Estate Law Institute, Nov. 7-8, 2013, sponsored by the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Real Estate Section. Moderator and Panel Speaker, “Legislative Update.”

* 2012 Real Estate Law Institute, Nov. 8-9, 2012, sponsored by the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Real Estate Section. Panel Speaker, “6 Under 60, Anatomy of a Purchase Agreement.”

* The Upside of a Downturn, Financing and Leasing in a Changed Economy, June 11, 2009, sponsored by the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association. Speaker, “Bankruptcy Practice and its Impact on the Residential Mortgage.”

PUBLICATIONS

* The Schwartzwald Effect, The Impact of the Ohio Supreme Court’s Decision in Fed. Home Loan Mtg. Corp v. Schwartzwald on Foreclosures in Ohio, Bar Journal of The Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Vol. 6 No. 3, Oct. 2013.

* Sub. H.B. 479 Enacts Ohio’s Legacy Trust Act, Substantially Increases Ohio’s Homestead Exemption and Sets Forth New Law on Challenges to Recorded Documents, Ohio Land Title Association, Title Topics, Jan. 2013.

* Ohio Enacts the Uniform Power of Attorney Act and Modifications to the Trust Code., Ohio Land Title Association, Title Topics, March 2012.

* Fundamentals of a Short Sale, Bar Journal of The Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Vol.4 No.3, Oct. 2011.

Community Involvement

  • City of Medina Planning Commission: Alternate Member, 2015 to present.
  • City of Medina Strategic Plan Advisory Committee: Member, 2007-2014.
  • City of Medina Charter Review Commission: Chairperson, 2006.
  • Battered Women’s Shelter of Medina and Summit Counties: Board Member, 2006-2011; Chair of the Board 2009-2011.
  • Girl Scout Troop Leader
  • Medina Soccer Association: Volunteer Soccer Coach
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