Prior to re-entering private practice in 2014, Sean served as Chief Counsel for Land Use and Planning for the City of Cincinnati, Ohio.  In that role, he served as lead counsel for the Cincinnati Form-Based Code, Cincinnati Land Development Code, and the Cincinnati Historic Preservation Ordinance.  Sean also represented the city in all land use, zoning and historic preservation matters, including representing and advising the Department of City Planning, the City Planning Commission, the Historic Conservation Board and the Zoning Board of Appeals.  

He holds a Bachelor of Urban and Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia School of Architecture and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.  In addition to being a licensed attorney in Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee, he is a member of the American Planning Association, the Congress for the New Urbanism, the Urban Land Institute, and serves on the Board of the Over-the-Rhine Foundation.

Real Estate Taxation Experience

  • Represented Duke Energy Convention Center in tax valuation appeal
  • Represented Cincinnati Recreation Commission in tax valuation appeals for seven municipal golf courses
  • Successfully appealed Ohio Tax Commissioner determination before Ohio Board of Tax Appeals
  • Advise commercial real estate clients on real property taxation
  • Experience with special purpose property tax valuations

Retail Real Estate Experience

  • Represented global retailer in development, ground lease, and lease transactions throughout Ohio and Kentucky
  • Represented shopping center developer/operator on anchor and in-line tenant leases
  • Represented shopping center developer in establishing covenants and restrictions
  • Represented numerous national and regional restaurant chains in real estate development, ground leasing and leasing
  • Represented purchaser of large regional mall property
  • Represented grocery-anchored shopping center owner/developer in development, ground leasing and leasing
  • Represented shopping center owner on outlot development

Office Real Estate Experience

  • Represented global corporation in headquarters office tower lease
  • Represented bank in headquarters building development
  • Represented large corporation in lease of back office operations space
  • Represented law firm in office lease
  • Represented numerous landlords and tenants in office leases of all sizes

Industrial Real Estate Experience

  • Represented large office/warehouse developer/operator in development and leasing
  • Represented large warehouse tenant on lease of facility
  • Represented robotics manufacturer in facility expansion

Hospitality Experience

  • Represented hotel developers in development of suburban and urban hotels
  • Represented country and social clubs in connection with real estate and zoning matters
  • Represented hotel operator in disposition of hotels
  • Represented large bank in foreclosure of large urban hotel and attached retail facility

Condominium Experience

  • Represented condominium association on amending declaration and by-laws in Ohio
  • Advised clients on condominium conversions in Ohio

Real Estate Development Experience

  • Represented office, retail, industrial, multi-family, senior living, mixed-use developers in all aspects of real estate development
  • Extensive experience with real estate due diligence – title, survey, zoning, environmental
  • Experience with complex urban and suburban infill development
  • Experience drafting declarations and CC&R’s

Social Service and Continuum of Care Projects

  • Assisted multiple clients in obtaining zoning and development approvals for independent/assisted living developments in Southwest Ohio
  • Represented non-profit client in obtaining zoning approvals for addiction treatment/mental health facilities in Southwest Ohio
  • Consulted with local government clients across Ohio on updating their zoning ordinances, including ordinances related to social service and continuum of care uses
  • Represented local government in assisting multiple social service agencies re-locate in Cincinnati
  • Represented multiple non-profit community service facilities in rezoning of property for facility expansions in Cincinnati
  • Represented local government in defending social service facility zoning in Cincinnati

Building Code

  • Represented doctor group in fire code appeal before Ohio Board of Building Appeals
  • Represented law firm in building code appeal before City of Cincinnati Board of Building Appeals
  • Represented developer clients in obtaining building permits
  • Advised numerous clients on building and fire code matters

Historic Preservation

  • Represented preservation associations in opposing demolition of historic building
  • Represented property owner in ancillary building demolition
  • Represented large city historic conservation board
  • Acted as lead draftsman of large city historic preservation ordinance
  • Represented large city in defending emergency demolition permit
  • Serve as Preservation Committee Chair for the Over-the-Rhine Foundation

Administrative Appeals & Litigation

  • Represented large city client in defending issuance of sign permit
  • Represented large city client in defending against administrative zoning appeals and constitutional claims
  • Represented clients in large commercial foreclosures
  • Represented property owners and large city client in property takings cases
  • Represented property owners and lessees on administrative zoning appeals
  • Represented property owners and lessees on administrative building code appeals
  • Represented property owners on real estate tax administrative appeals
  • Represented clients before Ohio state courts of all levels
  • Argued before trial and appellate courts in Ohio

Contact Sean

Practice Areas

Education

  • University of Virginia School of Law; J.D., 2004
  • University of Virginia School of Architecture, Bachelor of Urban and Environmental Planning, with honors, 2000

Admissions

  • Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee

Contact Sean

  • ssuder@calfee.com
  • 513.693.4883
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Practice Areas

  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Calfee Strategic Solutions
  • Public Law and Finance
  • Government Relations and Legislation
  • Real Estate
  • Calfee Zoning

Education

  • University of Virginia School of Law; J.D., 2004
  • University of Virginia School of Architecture, Bachelor of Urban and Environmental Planning, with honors, 2000

Admissions

  • Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee