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Andrew C. Emmert

Real estate Attorney at Cincinnati, OH

5.0   10 reviews

also known as Drew Emmert

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  • State Years
    Kentucky - KY 6 years
    Ohio - OH 34 years
  • Licensed for 6 years
    State KY
    Acquired 2017
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 34 years
    State OH
    Acquired 1988
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Andrew

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Andrew C. Emmert is a partner in the real estate, corporate and business organizations and taxation practice groups at DBL Law. Mr. Emmert provides general counsel services to individuals and privately-held businesses in a wide range of industries, and to real estate owners, investors, tenants and developers.

Drew concentrates his practice in general business matters, real estate and construction, probate, estate planning and intellectual property matters. His business practice focuses on all aspects of corporate, limited liability company and partnership law, including purchases and sales of businesses, business entity selection and formation, financing arrangements, contracts, commercial transactions, employment law and business succession planning. Clients benefit from Drew’s years of work experience in the financial markets, commercial lending and securities brokerage, as well as, his undergraduate degrees in accounting and finance.

Drew’s real estate practice focuses on acquisition, development and sales of commercial real property, including retail, multi-family, office and industrial projects. He has extensive experience in all real estate transactions, leasing, sale-leaseback transactions, tax deferred 1031 exchanges, cell tower easements for monopole and rooftop installations, zoning, construction contracts and challenges to real estate tax valuations.

Drew has successfully lowered clients’ real estate tax bills by challenging property valuations for residential and commercial properties, including retail shopping centers and strip centers, office buildings, hotels, manufacturing plants, distribution warehouses, parking garages and mobile home parks.

In 2007, Drew became a Board Certified Specialist in Business, Commercial and Industrial Real Property Law by the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA). Also in 2007, Drew was appointed by the President of the OSBA to the Real Property Law Specialty Board. He was recently appointed to his second term on the Real Property Law Specialty Board, which is charged with identifying the competency areas for real estate specialists, review and approval of test applicants and preparation and administration of exams to lawyers seeking real estate specialist certification.

Drew’s Intellectual Property practice focuses on trademark registration and conflicts, as well as copyright law and licensing.

Drew is AV Peer Review Rated, the highest rating given to lawyers by Martindale-Hubbell, and has held this rating since 1998, his first year of eligibility.

Contact Andrew

Dressman, Benzinger LaVelle, psc
221 E. Fourth Street, Suite 2500
Cincinnati, OH, 45202
DBL Law - Covington
109 E. Fourth Street
Covington, KY, 41011
DBL Law - Louisville Office
321 W. Main Street, #2100
Louisville, KY, 40202
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Posted by Sherry | December 3, 2015
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Skillful, informative and kind
Drew Emmert's expert advice and guidance were essential to my survival of a confusing, expensive and nightmarish business issue. Drew was thorough and efficient in gathering facts, direct and specific in communicating with the opposition and dependable about keeping me informed of progress. Drew's empathic listening skills and validating style were tremendously helpful throughout the process, but especially at times when I was becoming discouraged. Drew's services were always professionally delivered, effective and worth every penny.
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Posted by Natasha | December 11, 2015
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Excellent attorney for your business
Drew was a tremendous help to us in our recent large business transaction. He was always available to communicate with and prompt in his responses. We are so grateful for his ongoing advice and legal counsel.
Posted by Nora | August 9, 2022
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Extremely organized & thorough
Andrew Emmert proactively reached out to me to appeal for a lower tax-assessed valuation of a property I purchased which I found to be very impressive. From that first written communication I received from Drew to the final email I received recapping the final resolution of real estate tax appeal case, Drew was an excellent written and oral communicator. Both myself and my real estate broker were able to easily produce the documentation Drew needed in a very timely manner as he explained the appeal process and the need for supporting documents very clearly. He also followed up in a timely and concise manner throughout each step of the appeal process taking time to explain each step in detail and as well as the next steps in the process. Finally, I also found his fees/the firm's fees to be very fair. I would 100% recommend Drew to my friends and colleagues without hesitation!
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Posted by Sandeep | June 20, 2022
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Prompt, Professional and Sound Legal Guidance
I needed to resolve a sensitive financial matter that involved a family member. Mr. Emmert took time to understand the situation, was patient, made himself available whenever needed and offered sound and professional guidance. The matter was resolved satisfactorily with his assistance. I recommend him very highly. He made a stressful situation much less stressful by offering clear guidance and direction.
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Posted by Bruce | November 13, 2020
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Extremely Satisfied
We hired Drew Emmert based upon a recommendation from our estate planning attorney. We were embarking on buying a lot from a developer, which required a tear down, and then building our custom dream home. After 40 years in the financial business (now retired) we knew there are many complications that can arise when building, starting with ensuring the construction contract with the developer contained all the language to protect our interests throughout the entire 12 month process. Drew counseled with us to first ascertain all we had in mind in building. Throughout the negotiations with the developer's attorney he never waivered in insisting all the protections required were part of the contract. His communication level, expertise, knowledge and follow-up was impeccable. We would recommend Drew Emmert to anyone in need of a top quality real estate attorney.
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Posted by Andy | October 24, 2020
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Detail Oriented and Committed Professional
I hired Andrew to review and submit a commercial real estate property tax appeal and he requested many relevant items and went the extra step to find additional items to present a comprehensive analysis to the assessor. He was reasonable with the fees, prompt to respond, and made a compelling argument for a reduction which led to success in the end. I would highly recommend him for all commercial real estate business needs and he is very personable.
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Posted by Ben | October 22, 2020
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Acquisition Support
Drew assisted in work to acquire a privately held company, including but not limited to supporting valuation, drafting a Letter of Intent, performing due diligence documentation review, and advising on the deal structure. He is a professional, experienced, and trustworthy attorney, and I felt like I had a true partner through the process. I would highly recommend his services.
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Posted by Robert | September 28, 2016
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Appeal Hearing
Mr. Emmert keep us well informed of the process all along the way. He took care of all the details and made arrangements for professional assistance necessary for our appeal. The ultimate success of our appeal was a direct result of his preparation and attention to the details.
Posted by Joy | September 21, 2016
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Superb Lawyer
I worked w/Drew over 20 years ago when he did Estate work. I live in Chicago. He was in charge of executing my 100 year old Aunt's estate in Cincinnati. He had met w/her and set up her will. My aunt had a lifetime of savings bonds in a huge burlap bag. Tons of detail in liquidating/dispersing them. He recommended 3 realtors who I interviewed to decide which would sell the house. Each had a different vision so I was appreciative of the variety of resources. He was timely with EVERYTHING and reports were very easy to understand. Just recently I contacted him regarding a resource I needed in the Chicago area. He was very generous with his time in suggesting resources for me. I was happy I had a chance to thank him for the work he did and applaud his honesty, competency, professionalism and compassion that was so important to me at that time. I couldn't have asked for a better lawyer and have found none better after all these years. Knowledge, detailed, professional and accessible. Little did I know.
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Posted by anonymous | July 8, 2016
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Job well done
Andrew was hired to file a property tax reduction appeal for one of our company's properties. Our company is headquartered in a different state from the property location so all communication was by email and phone. Andrew did a great job of explaining the process and what was going to happen when. He contacted all the individuals needed to testify at the hearing and made sure they were all prepared when the time came. In our opinion, Andrew was very organized, professional and it was a pleasure having him represent us in this matter. It was a job well done!
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • DBL Law - Dressman Benzinger LaVelle
  • 2016 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Katz Greenberger & Norton LLP
  • 2012 - 2016
  • Member - Attorney
  • Frost Brown Todd LLC
  • 2008 - 2011
  • Member - Attorney
  • Cors Bassett LLC
  • 2004 - 2008
  • Member - Attorney
  • Cohen Todd Kite & Stanford
  • 1988 - 2004
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  • University of Cincinnati College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1988
  • University of Cincinnati
  • B.B.A
  • 1982

Legal Cases

  • 1031 Tax Deferred Exchange of Hotel for Retail Shopping Centers
  • Acquisition of Grocery Anchored Center and Effective 1031 Exchange
  • Marquee Northern KY Development
  • Poised for Acquisition of Development
  • Real Property Tax Appeals
  • Achieved Significant Reductions In Real Property Tax Up To 75%
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  • Cincinnati Bar Association, Real Property Law Practice Committee
  • Chair
  • 2016 - Present
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • OSBA Specialty Board Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Cincinnati Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Certified Specialist in Commercial Real Property Law 2007-2015
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • 2015
  • AV Peer Review Rating - 1998-2015
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015


Speaking Engagements

  • Sperry Van Ness - Ricore - Lunch and Learn
  • The Dark Corners of the Commercial Lease
  • 2015
  • Core Topics for Real Estate Practioners
  • Purchase Options & Rights of First Refusal
  • 2014
  • Advanced LLC Issues
  • Minority Rights and Fiduciary Obligations
  • 2009

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Cincinnati Real estate Lawyer Andrew C. Emmert
Andrew C. Emmert
Real estate Attorney
Cincinnati, OH
Licensed for 34 years
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