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Dale, a resident of Pepper Pike, joined the firm in 1975 and has been a partner since 1978.  He has significant expertise counseling clients on matters related to real estate development, oil and gas leasing, land use planning, and zoning law. He advises an array of clients on such matters, including builders, real estate developers, counties, cities, and townships, and appears before planning commissions, zoning boards of appeals, township trustees and city councils throughout northern Ohio.  Dale represents property owners in real property tax reduction appeals and eminent domain proceedings.  He advises business clients on a wide variety of matters related to their structure, governance, management, financing, and acquisitions and sales. His practice also involves civil litigation on a host of issues confronted by businesses and their owners including shareholder disputes, trade secret issues and employment related matters.  Dale is a frequent seminar speaker on land use, zoning and eminent domain law.  When not practicing law, he enjoys golfing and skiing.




Practice areas


  1. Banking: 20%
  2. Corporate: 20%
  3. Litigation: 20%
  4. Land Use & Zoning: 20%
  5. Real Estate: 20%


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Todd Bruce Kotler

    I endorse this lawyer. Dale is a consummate professional and gentleman. He's both knowledgeable and astute. Moreover, he aggressively pursues his client's interests yet remains civil. Our firm would readily refer a case to him, were we unable to take it.


    Todd Kotler Education Attorney
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  • George Shanahan Coakley

    Dale is an outstanding attorney. His analytical skills, preparation, ability to communicate effectively and professionalism are second to none. Dale is a true professional that I have had the privilege of working with in many capacities over the years.


    George Coakley Litigation Attorney
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Contact info

Thrasher Dinsmore & Dolan A Legal Professional Association

100 7th Avenue
Chardon, OH, 44024


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerThrasher, Dinsmore & Dolan1975 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Geauga County Bar AssociationMember1975 - Present
Ohio State Bar AssociationMember1975 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1975 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Cleveland State University - Cleveland-Marshall College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1975
Ohio State University, ColumbusN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1972
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Oil and Gas RightsRegulatory and Environmental Concerns in Oil and Gas Development2013
Oil & GasOil & Gas Leasing:Forfeitures & Environmental Issues2013
uture Leasing of Oil and Gas RightsFuture Leasing of Oil and Gas Rights2012
Oil & Gas Environmental IssuesStatutory Regulation of Oil and Gas Drilling2012
Oil & Gas Environmental IssuesStatutory Regulation of Oil and as Drilling2012
Land Use and Zoning Law LitigationZoning2012