Scott P. Kadish

Managing Partner

Scott serves as Ulmer & Berne’s managing partner. His leadership emphasizes: (1) exceptional client service; (2) maximizing value for clients with project management and flexible fee arrangements; (3) maintaining a collegial, supportive work environment free from internal competition to maximize the benefits of a team approach; (4) pushing management down to the practice group level where those on the front line can quickly and effectively manage practices; (5) promoting diversity and inclusion throughout the firm to create a better work environment and improve our ability to serve clients; and (6) implementing a growth strategy to add talented attorneys and staff who complement Ulmer’s strong culture.

Scott’s practice focuses on the representation of landlords and tenants in the development and lease-up of shopping centers on a national basis. He also counsels clients on a wide variety of real estate and business transactions, and general business law. Scott routinely appears on the Ohio Super Lawyers list and has achieved the highest ranking, AV Preeminent®, from Martindale-Hubbell®. He is recognized by the American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL), and by Chambers USA, which named him among Ohio’s “Leaders in Their Field” for real estate.

Education & Admissions


  • Boston University

    (B.S., Business Administration, cum laude, 1982)

  • American University Washington College of Law

    (J.D., 1985)


  • State of Ohio



  • Represents an integrated developer with leasing for its large scale mixed use retail and lifestyle centers, including some of the most famous retailers in the world.
  • Represents national retail tenants in lease-up of new locations.
  • Represents national landlords in development and lease-up of shopping centers.
  • Represents landlords and tenants in leasing of downtown office buildings and suburban office complexes.
  • Involved in numerous other real estate transactions representing developers, borrowers, lenders, sellers, buyers, landlords, tenants, investors, brokers and managers of shopping centers, retail, office, industrial and residential properties.
  • Serves as general counsel to a wide variety of businesses, handling general business, contracts and transactions.

Publications & Presentations

Client Alerts

  • “Ohio Issues Stay at Home Order Through April 6,” Ulmer & Berne LLP Client Alert (March 2020)



  • “The Three Rs of Retail Development – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle,” International Council of Shopping Centers U.S. Law Conference (October 2020)
  • “Show Me the Retail Money: Multi-Channel Retail Solutions to the Retail Leasing Challenge,” International Council of Shopping Centers, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, and Pennsylvania Retail Development & Law Symposium (February 2019)
  • “The Super Exciting Aspects of Restoration and Rent Abatement After Extreme Weather,” International Council of Shopping Centers, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, and Pennsylvania Retail Development & Law Symposium (March 2018)
  • “Real Estate Leasing Trends,” The National Restaurant Association Financial Officers & Tax Executives Executive Study Group Conference, Las Vegas  (June 2017)
  • “The Perfect Storm: Everything You Wanted (Need) to Know About Termination Rights for Casualty and Condemnation,” 2016 U.S. Shopping Center Law Conference (October 2016)
  • “Best Practices in Commercial Leasing,” Nationwide CLE Series (November 2015)
  • “Don’t Be a Hater: Embrace (And Artfully Negotiate) Casualty and Condemnation Boilerplate Provisions,” International Council of Shopping Centers’ U.S. Shopping Center Law Conference (October 2015)
  • “Real Estate Leasing Trends,” National Restaurant Association, Financial Officers and Tax Executives’ Executive Study Group Meeting (June 2015)
  • “Letters of Intent: Worthwhile, Worthless or Dangerous?,” International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) Law Conference (October 2014)
  • “Landing on Your Feet,” Cincinnati Bar Association (2009)
  • “Advanced Issues in Representing Developers of Lifestyle Centers,” ICSC Law Conference (2007)
  • “Overcoming Lifestyle Center, Mall and Strip Center Leasing Hurdles” and “A Different Animal: Negotiating Food Court Leases,” American Conference Institute (2007)
  • “Negotiating Restaurant Leases,” ICSC 2007 Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and Michigan Retail Development & Law Symposium (2007)
  • “Significant Issues Specific to Commercial Leases,” Sterling Education Services (2007)
  • Speaker, National Business Institute:
    • “The use Clause, Rent, and Common Area Maintenance (CAM) and Other Expenses” (September 2015)
    • “How to Finance the Small Business” (2006)
    • “Fundamentals of Entity Selection” (2005)
    • “A Closer Look at Stock Purchase Agreements” (2002)
    • “A Closer Look at Asset Purchase Agreements” (2002)
    • “Types of Acquisition Agreements” (2002)
    • “Factors Impacting Choice of Entity” (2002)
    • “General Partnerships and Joint Ventures” (2002)
    • “Ethical Guidelines” (2002)
    • “Advantageous Use of Limited Liability Companies” (1997, 2002)
    • “An Introduction to Limited Liability Companies and Limited Liability Partnerships” (1997, 2001)
    • “Advantageous Use of Limited Liability Companies and Limited Liability Partnerships” (1997, 2001)
    • “Limited Partnerships” (1999)
    • “How to Finance the Small Business” (1998)



  • American College of Real Estate Lawyers (Fellow)
  • Cincinnati Bar Association
  • International Council of Shopping Centers
  • University of Cincinnati Real Estate Round Table
  • National Business Institute Ohio Advisory Council (Charter Member)


  • Integrative Medicine Foundation (Board)
  • Impact Autism  (Legal Counsel and Past Board Member)
  • Wyoming High School Boosters (Past Board Member)
  • Wyoming, Ohio City Council (1999 to 2003)
  • Wyoming School Foundation (Past Trustee)
  • March of Dimes (Board 1998 to 2000); 1997 Volunteer of the Year Award
  • Managing Partner
  • Management Committee
  • Partner-in-Charge, Cincinnati Office
  • Leasing, Group Leader
  • Retail, Group Leader



  • American College of Real Estate Lawyers (Fellow)
  • Ranked as one of Ohio’s “Leaders in Their Field” in Real Estate by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2013-2020)
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers as the Real Estate Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Cincinnati (2018)
  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America®, Real Estate Law (2007-2021)
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated – Martindale-Hubbell
  • Named a Cincy Leading Lawyer in Real Estate in a survey of lawyers by Cincy Magazine (2007-2020)
  • Named to the Ohio Super Lawyers list (2004-2009; 2011-2016; 2019-2021)
  • Named to the Commercial Real Estate Hall of Fame by Midwest Real Estate News (2015)
  • Greater Cincinnati Outstanding 40 Under 40 Award (1997)