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Gary L. Ellsworth Senior Attorney

Gary counsels both corporate and municipal clients in a variety of real estate matters including the purchase, sale and development of property, commercial leasing, zoning issues, real estate tax issues, and the acquisition of mineral interests including oil and natural gas by fee or lease. He also has assisted national banks with local and multi-site real estate financing transactions.

Gary is a member of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association and Ohio Bar Association. He is co-author of “At Risk Landlord: How to Protect Your New Lease” and “All’s Well that Ends in a Well, or Is It? The Impact of Oil and Gas Leasing on Current and Future Mortgages” published in the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Bar Journal. He has also presented at the Ohio Association of Realtors Legislative Conference and the Ohio Bar Association Seminar on “Advanced Topics in Commercial Real Estate.”

Previously Gary was a Regional Park Planner for the Cleveland Metroparks where his duties included acquiring land for the Metroparks and assisting private land owners and municipalities with issues concerning land and natural resource conservation and protection.

He joined Calfee in 2007.

Representative Transactions

  • Regularly assists a global mining client with acquiring and leasing property for mining and terminal operations throughout the United States and Canada.
  • Regularly assists a national banking client with real estate matters associated with providing and securing financing for the construction of retail tire stores throughout the Midwest.
  • Regularly assists a national food manufacturing client with the acquisition, leasing and sale of property throughout the United States.
  • Assisted a utility client with the assembly and acquisition of property for the development of a state-of- the-art corporate training facility. The project included providing due diligence for multiple sites, representing the client at various public meetings to obtain required entitlements and approvals, and navigating the client through the due diligence and closing process.
  • Assisted a Fortune 500 client with the acquisition of over 25,000 acres of coal reserves in West Virginia with a value of over $700,000,000.