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1301 E. 9th St., Suite 2700
Cleveland, OH 44114


Kenneth M. Lapine, Esq.



Phone: (216) 696-3366 Ext. 6380

Fax: (216) 363-5835


Ken Lapine focuses on matters such as real estate acquisitions, dispositions and management, investment real estate syndication, consumer credit, and regulatory aspects and operational facets of financial institutions. His clients include mortgage banking and other financial institutions, developers and real estate investors. He is a nationally published author of books on consumer credit law compliance.

Background Information


  • University of Michigan, Law School (J.D., 1967).

  • Dartmouth College (B.A., 1964).

Bar and Court Admissions:

  • Ohio, 1967.

  • U.S. Supreme Court.

Professional Involvement:

  • American Bar Association, Corporation, Banking and Real Property Law Sections.

  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association.

  • Ohio State Bar Association, Real Property Committee.

  • National Association of Industrial & Office Properties (NAIOP), National Forums Member.

Representative Matters:

  • Representation of the Resolution Trust Corporation as receiver of failed financial institutions, handling asset dispositions and loan workouts.

  • Representation of investor groups purchasing assets from the Resolution Trust Corporation (non-conflict situations).

  • Representation of both developers and financial institutions in loan workout matters, including those involving forbearance agreements and loan modifications.

  • Representation of developers and investors in multi-million dollar transactions involving commercial, multi-family residential, and industrial real estate acquisitions, leasing, management and dispositions; representation of financial institutions nationally in the origination of acquisition, development, construction and permanent financing of apartments, hotels, office buildings and shopping centers; representation of syndicates in the formation of entities to acquire and operate income-producing real estate.

  • Representation of commercial property owners in real estate tax complaint proceedings seeking property tax reductions.

  • Representation of financial institutions in the full array of regulatory aspects of their businesses, as well as the corporate and operational facets of the business; concentration in the preparation and negotiation of loan documentation and other credit and deposit related documentation, loan participations, intercreditor agreements, conduit and securitized loan transactions.

  • Representation of financial institutions and mortgage banking institutions in all aspects of compliance with consumer credit protection laws and regulations, including the design and review of credit documentation and compliance systems.


  • AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory.

  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® for Banking Law and Real Estate Law (2013 - 17th Year).

  • Selected as an "Ohio Super Lawyer" by Law & Politics magazine and Cincinnati Magazine (2004-2013).

  • Listed in "Top Lawyers in Northern Ohio" - Northern Ohio Live Magazine.

Community Affiliations:

  • Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Greater Cleveland, Past President.

  • Dartmouth Club of Northeastern Ohio, Past President.

  • Mortgage Bankers Association of Greater Cleveland, Government Affairs Chair.


  • City of Cleveland v. Deusche Bank Trust Co., et al., LexisNexis Expert Commentaries (February 2008 - September 2010).

  • Consumer Credit: Law, Transactions and Forms, author, Matthew Bender & Company, six volumes (1984-present).

  • Banking Law, contributing principal author, Matthew Bender & Company, four volumes, part of a 13-volume treatise (1980-present).

  • Rabkin & Johnson Current Legal Forms, contributing author, Matthew Bender & Company (1979-1999).

  • Credit Union Law Service, contributing principal author, Matthew Bender & Company (1986-1990).

  • In re Foreclosure Cases, 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 84011 (N.D. Ohio 2007), LexisNexis Expert Commentaries (December 2007).

  • Ohio Mortgage Journal, contributing author, Ohio Mortgage Brokers Association.

Presentations and Films:

  • "Tenancies in Common Transactions for IRC Section 1031 Sellers" - Cleveland Area Board of Realtors (CABOR) 2005 Commercial Market Update (2005).

  • Annual Real Estate Law Institute - Cleveland Bar Association (2004 - 2010).

  • Centex Conference on R.E.S.P.A. Affiliated Business Arrangements - Dallas (2007).

  • Webinar, "Prime Time for Subprime Mortgage Lending," Matthew Bender (2007).

  • "We All Fall Down: the American Mortgage Crisis," Icarus Films (2009).