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Alan Starkoff utilizes his skills, honed over a 40+ year career trying complex commercial cases in federal and state courts throughout the United States, to assist entrepreneurs and businesses in identifying and mitigating material risk. His problem solving has assisted clients in the following industries: manufacturing, food service, real estate, professional services, financial services, gaming, cannabis, higher education and transportation.

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Alan is a Senior Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America which is an invitation-only trial lawyer honorary society whose membership represents less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. Fellows are selected and invited into Fellowship after being evaluated on effectiveness and accomplishment in litigation and trial work, along with ethical reputation.

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Alan was also selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® from 2005 through 2023 and has been named an Ohio Super Lawyer for 2004 through 2019. He has served as a continuing legal education lecturer for the Ohio State Bar Association on post-employment litigation issues including restrictive covenants and trade secret litigation. Additionally, he has served as special counsel to the Attorney General of Ohio since 1992.
Reported and Representative Cases
  • Represented the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) against a claim that ODOT unlawfully terminated multiple contracts with a company managing third-party lease agreements for the use of macro and small cell towers on state-owned rights-of-way. The high-stakes, multi-million dollar case resulted in victories at both the trial and appellate level and ultimately in a favorable settlement for ODOT.  
  • Representation of the City of Dublin in a case before a Franklin County jury and convinced jurors the value of land the city acquired through eminent domain was considerably less than the several millions the owner wanted. The city had offered $549,000 to the owner/corporation for roughly 2.7 acres of land. The owner sought $4 million to $6 million for the land appropriated, and for various alleged damages to the residue of the property. The jury awarded the owner $688,000 for the land and nothing in damages, a resounding victory for the City of Dublin. This decision was upheld on appeal in April of 2011. City of Dublin v. Pewamo, 2011, Tenth District Court of Appeals for Ohio, 194 Ohio App. 3d 57.
  • Representation of Ohio Jobs & Growth Committee regarding the proponents of a constitutional amendment to the Ohio Constitution in an action where the opponents of the constitutional amendment were requesting that the Supreme Court disqualify the proponents’ petitions. State ex rel Scioto Downs, et al. v. Jennifer Brunner, et al., 2009, Supreme Court of Ohio, 09-1294.
  • Representation of Developers Diversified Limited, a national real estate developer, in a dispute with an out-of-state broker. Landmark Commercial Realty, Inc. v. Developers Diversified Limited, 1998, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 163 F3d 389.
  • Secured the reversal of a significant judgment on behalf of a community college arising out of a wrongful discharge claim brought by a senior administrator. Stevenson v. Cuyahoga Community College, 2003, Eighth District Court of Appeals for Ohio, 2003 Ohio 2191.
  • Representation of asset manager arising out of multi-million dollar claims for breach of fiduciary duty by one of its customers. Fred a Lennon v. Neuberger and Berman, et al., 1996, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 78 F3 584.
  • Representation of parents of a minor who suffered severe injuries as a result of the negligent reporting of newborn test results. Dan Simmons v. State of Montana and State of Oregon, 1983, Supreme Court of Montana, 670 P2d 1372.
Additional Representative Engagements
  • Successfully concluded litigation that lasted over four years on behalf of hedge fund investors against entities and individuals who were recipients of fraudulent conveyances and the fund auditors.
  • Successfully concluded litigation on behalf of a beneficiary of a family trust. Claims involved analysis of international law and interpretation of multiple trust documents. 
  • Engaged as Special Counsel to assist the Ohio Department of Transportation regarding several Public-Private Infrastructure Projects.
  • Representation of a national food products distributor in a national product recall which included coordinating a global settlement and mediation process involving 131 claimants as well as litigating coverage issues. Alan Starkoff was appointed by the Federal District Court to coordinate the claims on behalf of the distributors of the subject product.
  • Obtained verdict for Citizens Bank denying the claims of a guarantor to enjoin enforcement of a personal continuing guaranty of commercial loans and to void the continuing guaranty due to mistake or fraudulent inducement.
  • Lead counsel for the elected officials and administrators of the Village of New Albany in the successful defense of a claim brought by an unsuccessful candidate for Village Council who alleged that he should be declared elected when the successful candidate was disqualified from taking office due to his departure from the Village.
  • Obtained multi-million dollar settlement for plaintiff, a minority shareholder, in a dispute against the former and present majority shareholders.
  • Representation of the event promoter for the Triathlon World Championship in an arbitration proceeding brought by the International Governing Body for the Sport of Triathlon.
  • Representation of a national food service retailer in multiple licensing disputes.
  • Served as lead counsel on Crisis Management Team for a national food service enterprise involved in food borne illness outbreak, which representation included the successful defense of injury and wrongful death claims.
  • Performed internal investigation for major metropolitan convention and visitors bureau following allegations of mismanagement by bureau officials.
  • Handled the acquisition of a division of a publicly held corporation including European operations for an international manufacturer.
  • Handled acquisition of ancillary businesses on behalf of a regional accounting firm.
  • Represented an energy trader in an investigation conducted by the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).
  • Counsel to a large metropolitan convention and visitors’ bureau regarding an internal investigation of its Executive Director.
Speaking Engagements
  • “Best Practices in Negotiation,” Panelist, PNC Bank, Dec. 14, 2017, Columbus, Ohio
  • “Eminent Domain: Processes and Pitfalls,” Co-presenter, Ohio State Bar Association, Columbus, Ohio, March 9, 2011
  • “Trends in Litigation Management,” Panelist, The Changing Nature of In-House/Outside Counsel Relationships, Dec. 17, 2009, Columbus, Ohio.
  • “Practice Group Management Forum,” Panel Member, 2008 Forum on Practice Group Management, New York City.
  • "Non-Compete Agreements: Don't You Dare Go to Work There..." Human Resources Association of Central Ohio Legal Update 2005
  • CLE lecturer for the Ohio State Bar Association on post-employment litigation issues including restrictive covenants and trade secret litigation (1997-2001)
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