NOT GUILTY ON MURDER CHARGES
A Franklin County Common Pleas Court Judge has acquitted Evan’s and his co-counsel Gregg Slemmer’s client on three charges, including two counts of murder. The primary issue in the case was self-defense (of a residence), and Evan and Gregg successfully argued over a two day bench trial this week that Ohio’s “Stand Your Ground” law…
Make it Official!
Jeff is proud to officially welcome Evan to be of counsel to the firm, after his swearing in to the bar by the Honorable Judge Mark Serrott.
JML Co. LPA Files Class Action Against Campus Landlord
Columbus Attorneys Jeffrey M. Lewis (Jeffrey M. Lewis Co., LPA) and Todd Neuman (Allen Stovall Neuman & Ashton LLP) announced that they have filed a Class Action lawsuit against NorthSteppe Realty Company, a major Columbus Ohio residential property management company that is also a well-known OSU campus-area landlord. The attached Complaint, filed in the Franklin…
We’re Expanding, Again!
Mr. Lewis is pleased to announce that his son, Evan J. Lewis, is joining the firm as a law clerk while studying for the Bar Exam in July. After the exam, Evan plans to practice alongside his father and sister, focusing on litigation and trial work. Evan is a recent graduate of The Ohio State…
Lew on the Law
The youngest Lewis has started a new blog, focusing on the intersection of the law and politics. His first post, concerning democratic legitimacy, can be found below. His views are his own, and do not necessarily represent the views of the JML, Co. firm.
Mr. Lewis is excited and pleased to announce that on September 1, 2019, his daughter, Haley K. Lewis, Esq. joined the firm as Of Counsel. She will focus her practice on business consultation and litigation as well as Appellate advocacy. Welcome Haley!
Justices Step In, Command ‘Rare’ Case Dismissal
Successfully sued Franklin County Court of Appeals in the Ohio Supreme Court, obtaining writs of prohibition and mandamus ordering Court of Appeals to dismiss an appeal filed by a vexatious litigator.
Flats on Houk Approved; Proposed Delaware Apartments Developer Wants Reset May File Suit
Obtained substantial zoning density increase for Developer client, reversing city council opposition by the threat of litigation.
Student Sues Ohio State on Free Speech Grounds
Sued The Ohio State University on First Amendment grounds, forcing favorable settlement for political candidate desiring to electioneer on campus locations.
$900k-plus Civil Verdict Issued
Obtained a nearly One Million Dollar verdict in a civil fraud case arising from his client’s being defrauded in conjunction with purchase of a Canton, Ohio insurance agency.
Judge Forces the City to Approve Drive-Through
Successfully sued city, securing ruling from Judge that city’s action in refusing to re-zone property for a drive-thru facility was illegal.
Organization Folds After History of Rouge Fundraising; Sheriff Gets First Check From 2000 Civil Suit
Served as Court-Appointed Receiver, uncovering fraudulent practices by and closing down national charitable organization.
Treatment Center Gets OK to Stay, Offer Classes
Successfully obtained Temporary Restraining Order against city, enabling client to establish business in a district that city argued was not properly zoned for said use.
Open-records Law Broken, Anonymous Man Tells Court
Orchestrated lawsuit against township and trustee for violation of public records act, serving as “John Doe” Plaintiff in conjunction with zoning dispute.
City May Override Building Ban Against Developer
Represented major developer in obtaining sewer extension into environmentally restricted area.
Who Will Challenge Arlene? Senator May Challenge Ferguson for Auditor.
Was often sought after as a candidate for public office.
Manufacturing Rezoning Ok’d For Gender Road Site
Successfully negotiated with city and residents on behalf of client to re-zone land for a storage facility.
Zoning and First Amendment Free Speech
Was quoted by the Columbus Dispatch on several occasions as an expert in zoning and civil rights law.
Plain City Approves Controversial Apartments
Successfully represented developer in obtaining re-zoning for apartment use.
Deal on Arena Taxes Reached
Successfully represented City of Columbus in Arena District Tax valuation case, exploiting contractual oversight by large firm representing Nationwide Realty Investors and enabling settlement of property tax case filed by School Board with substantial financial contribution by Nationwide.
Selling Emerald Farms (Twice)
Obtained a Temporary Restraining Order for developer client preventing landowner from breaching land sale contract, enabling development of one of the most sought-after land parcels in central Ohio.
When Chips Were Down Mulch Business Won Variance
Successfully overcame staunch neighborhood opposition to obtain controversial re-zoning, enabling client to establish his business.
Brookside Bringing in More Lawsuits; Brookside Plat is Accepted by County; Tract in Marysville Will Be Preserved
Filed inverse condemnation case against city opposing development, resulting in settlement of over One Million Dollars.
Jury Puts Value of $359,494 on Lot Needed for I-670 Widening Project
Obtained jury verdict of nearly twice that offered by Ohio Department of Transportation in an eminent domain case.
Council Puts Storage Site on Hold; Reynoldsburg Clears Way for Building by Storage Company
Successfully obtained a Federal Temporary Restraining Order against a City Councilman prohibiting him from voting on client’s re-zoning due to a conflict of interest, enabling client to successfully obtain requested zoning.
Whitehall Subdivision in Works; Whitehall Rezones 18 Acres for New Housing Project
Successfully rezoned 18 acres in Whitehall for residential development by client.
Compromise Lets Whitehall Rezone for Storage Lot
Successfully negotiated a compromise to allow client to rezone land, despite initial resident concerns.
Chairmanship List Narrows
Was the rumored heir-apparent for the position of Chairman of the Franklin County Democratic Party before deciding against taking said position.
Judge Bans Booth’s Misleading Flier; Democrats Angered By Candidate’s Fake Ballot
Twice obtained restraining orders for County political party against un-endorsed candidates.
High Court Hears Protest of Support
Argued child support case of first impression in Ohio Supreme Court.
Senators’ Parking to Cost Taxpayers
Appointed by Governor to serve as Chairman of the Ohio State Parking Commission.
Bill Swad Expansion Wins Zoning Approval
Successfully obtained controversial rezonings for several major Central Ohio automobile dealers.
Municipal Judge Under Investigation
Successfully represented an Ohio judge in ethics investigation.
Developer Threatens Lawsuit Over Vote
Successfully sued City to allow theater client to serve alcoholic beverages at movies.
Horse Facility in Question
Successfully overturned Trial Judge’s decision, securing exemption from state building code and enabling client to construct horse training facility without sprinkler system.