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Michael D. Goler, Esq.



Phone: (216) 696-3366 Ext. 6370

E-Fax: (216) 274-9622


Michael Goler's practice primarily focuses on corporate, real estate, and financing law and related areas, with specialties in real estate, financial institution transactions (loans, restructures, secondary market, and regulatory issues), and technology-related matters (including mergers, acquisitions, software licensing, copyrights, and trademark protection).  He served for three years as in-house counsel to a major federally chartered thrift; and his banking practice has involved a wide range of regulatory and financing matters for lenders and borrowers across the country.  His real estate practice includes representation of owners, developers, tenants, and lenders involved in various aspects of project development, from the structuring and conceptualization of the project and the acquiring entities to site assemblage, acquisition, governmental approvals, governmental financing assistance, leasing, mezzanine financing, intercreditor relationships and workout/bankruptcy situations, as well as complex unsubordinated ground lease financings and HUD transactions.  His work includes many years of litigation representing borrowers, lenders, landlords and tenants in state and federal courts, including bankruptcy court.  His real estate and financing work has also included work on many different environmental issues, from USTs and brownfields voluntary clean-up projects to wetlands disputes.  He regularly acts as special Ohio counsel for out-of-state borrowers and lenders on a wide variety of real estate and commercial financing transactions and related issues.  He has served as an arbitrator in court-ordered proceedings as well as proceedings under the auspices of the National Arbitration Forum.  He joined Miller Goler Faeges Lapine LLP in 1994.

AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory.

Selected by his peers as an Ohio "real estate" Super Lawyer in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020.

Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers® in America for Real Estate Law in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020.

Listed in Who's Who Legal: Real Estate; in 2017 received the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.

ACMA Fellow
Background Information


  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law (J.D., 1977).

  • Union College, New York (B.A., cum laude, Classics/Greek, 1974).

Bar and Court Admissions:

  • Ohio, 1977.

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 1977.

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 1982.

Professional Involvement:

  • American Bar Association:

    • Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section: Mr. Goler has been active in the Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section for more than thirty years.  He chaired the Creditor's Rights Committee (1991-1995) and served as vice-chair (1995-1997) and chair (1997-2001) of the Law Office Economics, Technology, and Practice Methods Committee.  He helped create and now serves as a member of, the Section's Special Committee on In-House Counsel (2004-present).  He was elected to the Section's Governing Council (2001-2007), and he was the first Chair of the Practice Management Group (2004-2006).  He has regularly presented and moderated CLE programs at RPTE Spring and ABA Annual Meetings since 1985.  He was the founding and initial (1999-2006) Managing Editor of E-Dirt, the electronic newsletter created for the Section's Real Property Division and served (2006-2014) as Managing Editor Emeritus to its successor Section-wide publication eReport.  He served on the Section's Planning Committee (2004-2008, and 2010-present).  He served on the Section's Technology Standing Committee from its inception in 1997, eventually becoming vice-chair (2002-2007) and then co-chair (2007-2009), when it merged with the Standing Committee on Communications, and he remained co-chair (2009-present).  He serves as a liaison for the Section to the SOC Technology Committee (2003-2007), the ABA Standing Committee on Technology and Information Services or "SCOTIS" (1997-present), the ABA's Law Practice Management Section (2000-2010), and the ABA Task Force on Attorney-Client Privilege (2007-2010 when the task force was sunsetted).  He currently co-chairs the Task Force on Technology and the Profession.  He served on the Section’s Gatekeeper Task Force (member 2003-2016, vice-chair 2012-2016) and is a member of its successor Working Group on Anti-Money Laundering/counter-Terrorist Financing Efforts Affecting Lawyers (2016- present).

    • Law Practice Management Section: He is currently serving on the Section's Governing Council (2008 - present).  In addition, he is the Section's Outreach Liaison (2011 - present), and in that role is creating collaborative programming with other ABA entities and with national, state, and local legal organizations outside of the ABA.  He previously served on the Membership Development Committee (2003 - 2011), vice-chair (2003 - 2006), co-chair (2006 - 2010), chair (2010 - 2011), and he has been an informal representative for LPM to the ABA's SOC Membership Committee and Standing Committee on Membership ("SCOM") since 2003.  He presented three panels at TechShow 2001 on issues dealing with technology and the commercial real estate transactions practice; and he created special “day in the life” tracks for transactional lawyers at two other TechShows.

    • Business Law Section: He has long been a member of the Thrift Subcommittee of the Banking Law Committee, as well as the Real Estate Financing Committee and has led or presented several seminars on lender-related issues.

    • Standing Committee on Technology and Information Systems (member 2012 - 2015 and liaison from RPTE 1997-present): He coordinated the Committee’s efforts on restructuring the e-mail policies, including creation of the member preference center, to allow members more control over their e-mail communications. He serves as the Committee’s liaison with SCOPO, including active involvement in SCOPO’s marketing and technology subcommittees; and he is the Committee’s liaison to the SOC Technology Committee. He currently is coordinating the Email Oversight Committee to work with the ABA’s recently appointed Email Director.

    • Advisory Commission to the ABA Standing Committee on Public Education (2016- present): currently serving on the Strategic Planning subcommittee.

    • Standing Committee on Publications Oversight – liaison from SCOTIS (2012-present), served on ecommerce and marketing subcommittees (2012-2016), currently serves on Infrastructure subcommittee (2016 – present).

  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association: Mr. Goler chaired the Real Estate Section in 1989-1990, he has regularly presented at or moderated sessions at the Section's annual Real Estate Institute since 1986, he co-chaired the 1986 Annual Real Estate Institute and has served continuously on the Planning Committee for the Institute since 1985.  He also founded and served as the first chair (1991-1995) of the Environmental Law Section and continues to serve the Environmental Law Section as a senior advisor and as a member of its student Internship Committee.

  • American College of Mortgage Attorneys: Mr. Goler was elected a Fellow of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys in 2003. His first activity for the College was a collaboration on the College's initial response to the U.S. Government's request for comments on the proposed "gatekeeper" anti-money laundering regulations, and he currently serves as ACMA's liaison to a joint task force (with ABA Real Property Trust & Estate Law Section, ACMA and ACREL) which analyzed, responded to and negotiated with the international Financial Activity Task Force (FATF) and the U.S. Government's efforts to regulate real estate transactions and the activities of attorneys in those transactions in response to concerns of money laundering and counter-terrorism financing risks.  He was elected a Regent (2012 – present) and also served as State Chair for Ohio (2006 - 2015).  He serves on the Legislative Committee, the Budget Committee and as chair of the College's Technology Committee (2010 - 2015), in which capacity he oversaw complete rebuilds of the College's website in 2011 and 2016.

Community Activities:

  • He served as President (June 2006 - June 2008) and a member of the Board of Directors (1998 - present) of the Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center.  Before becoming President of the Board, he chaired its Resource Development Committee from 1999 to 2006.  He currently chairs its Planned Giving Committee, Planned Giving Advisory Council, and its Facilities Committee, and he is a member of the Strategic Plan Oversight Committee.

  • He previously served for two terms on the Board of Trustees of Project Friendship and its successor agency, Youth Visions.

  • He served more than two terms (1998 - 2005) on the Board of Trustees of the Jewish Community Center of Cleveland.


  • Lender Liability in Real Estate, Commercial Real Estate Financing, A Current Guide to Representing Lenders and Borrowers, 1993.

  • Cities Suing Sub-Prime Lenders, eReport of the ABA Real Property Trust and Estate Law Section (co-authored with Kevin L. Shepherd), 2008.