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Rick began his practice at Baker & Hostetler in the areas of corporate law, real estate and litigation, and is now the Managing Partner at Sonkin & Koberna.  Rick represents a wide variety of closely-held organizations and national corporations in all aspects of business and real estate law. Rick has significant experience in real estate acquisitions, dispositions and leasing, including extensive experience in leasing to big box retailers. Rick's experience also includes providing owners of businesses with succession planning advice and general counsel services. He currently represents numerous automobile dealerships in northeastern Ohio. Rick also represents individuals and companies in litigation involving construction disputes, business disputes, and personal injury.


Practice areas


  1. Real Estate: 50%
  2. Business: 40%
  3. Litigation: 10%

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    I have worked on matters with Rick Sonkin for over 20 years. I have worked with him as opposing counsel on many deals and I have also referred clients to Rick. He is an outstanding lawyer and is extremely knowledgeable about real estate and business matters.


    Charles Daroff Real estate Attorney
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Contact info

Sonkin & Koberna, LLC

3401 Enterprise Pkwy Ste 400
Cleveland, OH, 44122-7340


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best LawyerBest Lawyers2016
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2016
Ohio Super LawyerSuperLawyers2016
Ohio Super LawyerSuperLawyers2015
Ohio Super LawyerSuperLawyers2014
Certified InstructorKrav Maga2014
Ohio Super LawyerSuperLawyers2013
Ohio Super LawyerSuperLawyers2012
Ohio Super LawyerSuperLawyers2011
Order of the CoifOhio State University Moritz College of Law1987
Summa Cum LaudeOhio State University1984
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerSonkin & Koberna, LLC1990 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Parkinson's PalsMember - Board of DirectorsN/A
Make-A-WishMember, Regional Advisory BoardN/A
Kent State University Athletic BoardChairmanN/A
Kent State University Hall of Fame Voting CommitteeMemberN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Ohio State University Moritz College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1987
Ohio State UniversityBusiness AdministrationBS - Bachelor of Science1984