Jodi B. Rich

Partner


In Jodi’s practice of real estate law, she represents buyers and sellers in the acquisition, sale, and development of shopping centers. She also represents buyers and sellers in various commercial real estate acquisitions and sales, including properties with unique circumstances such as environmental contamination. Jodi represents commercial landlords, tenants, and clients completing 1031 exchanges. Jodi represents skilled nursing and assisted living facility owners and operators in negotiating and documenting real estate transactions. She also assists both lenders and borrowers in negotiating loan documents. Jodi has negotiated transactions involving distressed properties, including assisting clients navigate through deals involving the foreclosure of real property.

Education & Admissions

Education

  • The George Washington University

    (B.A., cum laude, 1996)

  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law

    (J.D., magna cum laude, 2000)
    Order of the Coif

Admissions

  • State of Ohio

Experience

REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE

  • Represents buyers and sellers (including REITs and other national developers) in the acquisition, sale, and development of shopping centers.
  • Represents buyers and sellers in the acquisition and sale of a wide variety of commercial real estate properties, including office, industrial, warehouse, and apartment complexes, including properties with unique circumstances such as environmental contamination.
  • Represents developers and sellers in the sale of land for residential subdivision developments.
  • Represents owners and tenants (including national franchisors and other national tenants) in drafting, reviewing, and negotiating leases for retail, office and industrial properties.
  • Represents national franchisors in sales of real estate to their franchisees and acquisitions of real estate from their franchisees.
  • Represents clients involved in 1031 “Like-Kind” Exchanges, Reverse Exchanges and Forward Build to Suit Exchanges.
  • Represents skilled nursing and assisted living facility owners and operators in drafting and negotiating real estate purchase agreements, leases, and loan documents in connection with the purchase and sale of long-term care facilities.
  • Represents lenders in drafting and negotiating loan documents for a wide variety of real estate based loans, including loans for the acquisition and redevelopment of shopping centers, acquisition of apartment complexes, and conversion of apartment complexes to condominium projects.
  • Represents secured lenders in connection with the workout of credit facilities and collection proceedings.
  • Represents borrowers in negotiating loan documents for real estate based loans.
  • Represents municipalities and other governmental organizations in the acquisition, development, and redevelopment of real estate.
  • Represents public and private clients with respect to open records laws and other public law issues in relation to real estate development.
  • Represents boards of education and property owners regarding the valuation of real property for purposes of property taxes and assessments.
  • Involved in the representation of a variety of corporate and other entities in formation, general business, and commercial matters.
  • Involved in the negotiation and documentation of the sale and purchase of businesses, both through asset purchase and share purchase, as well as the negotiation and documentation of merger agreements.
  • Assists clients purchasing property through foreclosure sales and tax certificate foreclosure sales.

Publications & Presentations

Presentations

  • “Negotiating Retail Shopping Center and Office Building Leases,” National Business Institute (August 2014)
  • “Key Provisions and Warranties – Pave the Way to a Fruitful Landlord-Tenant Relationship,” National Business Institute’s Retail, Office and Restaurant Leases (June 2013)
  • “Negotiating Retail and Office Leases,” National Business Institute (April 2012)
  • “Negotiating Retail Shopping Center and Office Building Leases,” National Business Institute (June 2010)
  • “Leases, Evictions, Litigation and Settlements,” Landlord-Tenant Law (May 2010)
  • “Commercial Leasing Market Overview,” Negotiating Commercial Leases (June 2009)

Involvement

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • American Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Commercial Real Estate Women

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

  • Cleveland Hebrew Free Loan Association (Board of Trustees; Secretary) 

Honors

HONORS

  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America®, Real Estate Law (2012-2018)
  • Named to the Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars list (2006-2007; 2009-2013; 2015)
  • YWCA Woman of Professional Excellence Award (2011)