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Kathryn Jeanne Carlisle-Kesling

Real estate Attorney at Cleveland, OH

3.9   7 reviews
  • State Years
    Utah - UT 6 years
    Ohio - OH 24 years
  • Licensed for 6 years
    State UT
    Acquired 2018
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State OH
    Acquired 1999
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Kathryn

Learn Kathryn’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Real estate
    Residential, Commercial, Title Insurance, Escrow Services, Landlord Tenant, Construction, Liens, Condominium/Subdivision, Property Management, Represent Professionals in Real Estate Services, Surveyors, Title Agents, Architects, Developers, Property Owners, Landlords

    25 years

  2. Commercial real estate

  3. Business

    25 years

  4. Oil and gas

  5. Banking

  6. Estate planning

    25 years

  7. Landlord or tenant

  8. Probate

OSBA Certified Specialist, Residential Real Property Law, since 2008

2013 Super Lawyer, Awarded, Rising Star, Real Estate Law


Member of Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Real Estate Section and Member of 

Real Property Section Counsel 

Member of Ohio State Bar Association, Real Estate Section and Member of 

Real Property Section Counsel

Member of American Bar Association, Real Estate Section

Member of  Ohio Land Title Association

Volunteer for Lawyer to Lawyer Mentoring Program with Ohio Supreme Court 


Buckley King LPA
1400 Fifth Third Center
600 Superior Avenue East
Cleveland, OH, 44114

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  7 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | April 22, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Probate Court Representation
After the sudden death of my father I contacted Ms. Carlisle-Kesling to assist in filing the necessary paperwork and representing my father's estate in Probate. First and foremost Ms. Carlisle-Kesling was very supportive during the difficult time. She handled everything with focus and professionalism and quickly guided me through this daunting process. I was extremely satisfied with her ability to explain the details during the Probate process and basically take care of everything with the results I wanted.
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Posted by Paul | September 25, 2013
Detailed and Available
I needed a lawyer that I could trust, answer all my questions, and walk me thru the legal process with clear guidance. Kathryn not only did that, but was always available either in person or by phone. I would highly recommend her and would use her again should I need a lawyer in the future.
Posted by anonymous | December 28, 2012
Kathryn Carlisle-Kesling is a Knowledgeable and Professional Real Estate Attorney with Good Legal Contacts in Greater Cleveland
Attorney Carlisle-Kesling provided legal expertise to me on real estate and personal finance legal issues. The most recent real estate case she has handled for me was a complex title transfer involving more than nine parties. Attorney Carlisle-Kesling easily understood the complex situation and made several invaluable suggestions for things that were added to the agreement which we had never thought to add, or even ask about. On the personal finance issues, she gave us several options and clearly explained each alternative in easy to understand “English.” She took the time to explain the pros and cons of each option so that we could determine which path was best for us. Also, I have consulted Attorney Carlisle-Kesling for advice on several other personal legal matters. In areas in which she is not an expert, she is quick to acknowledge that fact and has provided excellent references to other attorney’s in the Greater Cleveland Area that were able to assist me. In summary, Attorney Carlisle-Kesling is a very knowledgeable and professional attorney who obtains good results for her clients, treats them with respect and uses “plain English” throughout the process, adding value each step of the way.
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Posted by William | March 23, 2011
Real estate/title insurance agent client
Attorney aggressively reviewed and negotiated title claim matters. Has represented company in multiple complex real estate and title insurance litigation with excellent results. Her specialty certification has proven helpful in a niche market, of title insurance and real estate matters. Has represented company in residential, commercial and judicial foreclosure matters.
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Posted by C.V. | March 23, 2011
Highly Recommended
From my first meeting with Kathryn Carlisle-Kesling she took the time to listen to me, asked the necessary questions so that she could gain a full understanding of my situation, and made sure the process of a Chapter 13 bankruptcy was clearly defined to me. Her thorough explanation made me feel comfortable to pursue my bankruptcy case. Ms. Carlisle-Kesling was always extremely responsive with my numerous questions and concerns. I was extremely satisfied with the settlement she negotiated with the trustee!
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Posted by anonymous | April 2, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very disappointed
I was very disappointed and would definitely not recommend this lawyer. I found Ms. Carlisle-Kesling on this website because I was looking for an attorney located close to my mother's home who could help with a real estate/estate planning issue. One of my brothers scheduled the appointment during a week when I planned to be in town. The receptionist showed us into a room, and she asked us a lot of detailed questions about the situation and then told us her opinion about how we should proceed. Then she told us we would be meeting with John Gill, rather than Ms. Carlisle-Kesling. We told Mr. Gill that we wanted to know about the pros and cons of various options to facilitate the transfer of property from my mother to my brothers and me. Mr. Gill did not seem to have any knowledge of estate planning and very little understanding of real estate law. He told us he often confused Medicare with Medicaid, and then he did so throughout our conversation. He also did not seem to understand how the Homestead Exemption works. He recommended that we call an accountant and my mom's bank for advice. When we asked about setting up a trust, he rather condescendingly said that was only for wealthy people. It was a very frustrating conversation, and not at all helpful. As we left, the receptionist told us it would cost $50 for the appointment, even though this website states that the consultation is free. Even worse than the waste of a small amount of money, though, was the complete waste of our time.
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Response from Kathryn Carlisle-Kesling April 14, 2016
I did not meet with this individual and I am uncertain as to why Avvo permits a review on my page, despite this fact. However, as the owner of the CKA Lawfirm, I am always concerned when clients of the firm are not 100% satisfied. It is for this reason that I will gladly refund your consultation fee, if you contact the law firm, even though you met with another attorney, who has different terms of engagement. I have verified that the CKA law firm website does not reference free consultations, although in some circumstances consultations are free. For example involving bankruptcy.
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Posted by anonymous | December 15, 2012
Not Recommended
Kathryn Carlisle-Kesling handled my eviction case very poorly. First, she requested I delay processing the case and that I give the tenants a second 3 day notice, even though they were already clearly in breach of the lease and had already received a 3 day notice. Then, she mailed paperwork intended for me to the tenants. I had no idea any paperwork was even sent to me or to the court, or that a court date was set until I happened to find the case information on my own on the municipal court website. When I questioned this she said that was the address they had on file for me, yet I saw her write down my current address when we met (and yet the bill made it to my actual home address!). When she finally sent me the paperwork via email, the dates and other facts in the complaint were incorrect. When I pointed this out and asked that it be corrected, she didn’t want to correct it until I pushed for it (she had another attorney correct it). While we sat in court for the hearing on count one to get them out of the house she said that after we won, if they didn't leave I should contact her a day or so before so that she could be prepared to contact the court the day after they were to be out. She also said that I would not have to pay any extra unless the tenants decided to fight count 2, which was for unpaid rent, utilities and damages. She described in detail the varioius ways of collecting, including requesting the money from the tenants bank account that they had used to pay the rent, garnishing wages, etc. We did win the judgment on count one and a date was set for the tenants to be out. But when that day approached, she told me if they didn't leave I had to handle it myself with the court. Luckily the tenants moved out. Then she said she wanted to file a default judgment for count 2 for but only against the female on the lease, and tried to talk me down on the amount owned. She asked me to scramble to get things signed and returned to her the day I was flying out on vacation, so that she could file this while I was on vacation. I did this only to return and find nothing filed, and no contact from her. When I questioned this she finally submitted the request for default judgment against the female. After the default judgment against the female was granted, and a month after filing against the female, said then she wanted to file a default judgment against the male on the lease. So again filled out the paperwork. Then a couple weeks later I got a letter stating "as I know, both default judgments were granted...." and implying that pursuing the money would be at additional charge. She did not send me copies of either of the 2 default judgments. At this point it seemed that a lot of unnecessary delays were built into the process, to the benefit of the tenants. So I sent her an email asking her to confirm in writing that neither she nor her assistant had a relationship with either of the tenants, questioned why she was sending me a termination letter when I never got copies of the 2 default judgments, and told her that I did want to pursue collecting the money but that my understanding was that it was included in what I already paid. I asked her to call me. She called me, and acted like she didn't know what my questions were. When I started to speak she would not even talk to me and said very angrily that she was terminating the relationship. Then a week later she sent me a letter with copies of the 2 default judgments and a letter stating that I terminated the relationship because I said that I "will pursue collection on the money judgment on my own"...which is completely not true - my email to her clearly stated I wanted to pursue and reminded her that she originally said that was included. I have email records to confirm all of this. I highly recommend avoiding using her for evictions
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Response from Kathryn Carlisle-Kesling December 17, 2012
Although CKA is not able to respond with any substantial detail because of the client protection afforded under the confidentiality rules and attorney client priviledge, I want to personally apologize if your experience with CKA was not 100% satisfactory. Although this client has expressed disappointment, CKA has had much success with evictions having represented large apartment owners to single family owners. CKA stands by its lawyers and stands by its good business practices.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 200-300 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.1 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Carlisle-Kesling & Associates Co LPA
  • 2010 - Present
  • Partner
  • Carlisle-Kesling & Adamczyk Co. LPA
  • 2006 - 2010
  • President
  • Carlisle-Kesling & Associates Co. LPA
  • 1999 - 2006


  • University of Toledo School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • University of Cincinnati
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1996


  • Ohio State Bar Association, Real Property Section
  • Section Council
  • 2015 - 2017
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Real Property Section
  • Section Council
  • 2014 - 2016
  • Independent Ohio Land Title Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - 2012
  • American Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, Commercial Leasing Group
  • Member
  • 2000 - 2014
  • Ohio Land Title Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - 2014
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - 2014
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Real Estate Sub Committee
  • Member
  • 1999 - 2014
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Honors and Awards

  • Certified Residential Real Property Specialist
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • 2014
  • 2013 Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2013
  • Certified Residential Real Property Specialist
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • 2008

Speaking Engagements

  • Spring Seminar
  • Title Ownership, Transfers, Land Sales
  • 2015
  • Bradley Schaeffer Institute
  • Urban and Community Gardens, Leases & Conservation Easements
  • 2015
  • Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association
  • Foreclosure defense and loss mitigation
  • 2012
  • The Upside of a Downturn: Financing & Leasing in a Changed Economy
  • Land Installment Contracts & Seller Financing
  • 2009
  • Issues involving estate planning
  • Estate Planning Issues
  • 2008
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