Richard James Makowski Esq

Makowski Law Offices
Contact: 614.245.0488
Law School: Case Western Reserve University School of Law - Case Western Reserve University
Jurisdictions: Ohio
6th Circuit


Practice Areas
  • Criminal Law
  • Gov & Administrative Law
  • Insurance Claims
  • Landlord Tenant
  • Personal Injury
  • Probate
  • Real Estate Law
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
6th Circuit
Professional Experience
Attorney, Makowski Law Offices
Eminent domain consulting and practice; Probate; Living Wills and Health Care directives; real estate transactions; zoning and land use issues; civil litigation.
Principal Assistant Attorney General, Transportation Section, Columbus, OH, Ohio Attorney General
Trial and appellate work in complex eminent domain cases for Ohio Department of Transportation; defense of Federal Civil Rights and environmental approval (NEPA) actions in US District Courts for Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio and Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals; defense of competitive bidding claims; co-counsel in prosecution of breach of warranty and contract claims on construction contracts; review and revision to design-build construction contracting documents for state highway project; contract drafting and revision.
Assistant Attorney General, Transportation Section, Cleveland, OH, Ohio Attorney General
Representation of Ohio Department of Transportation from Ohio Attorney General Cleveland Regional Office in eminent domain trials and appeals in northeast and northwest Ohio; defense of Federal Civil Rights actions; legal research and presentation of informal legal opinions; contract review and drafting; legal counsel in real estate acquisition matters.
Executive Director, Famicos Foundation, Cleveland, OH
Manage staff of neighborhood non-profit housing redevelopment corporation in Hough and Glenville neighborhoods of Cleveland involved in acquisition and renovation of residential houses for lease-purchase program; management of multi-family apartment properties; development of resources; formation of partnership with for-profit developer in acquisition of multi-family apartments using low income housing tax credits.
Self-employed attorney, Richard J. Makowski, Attorney at Law, Chesterland, OH
Associated with Joseph H. Weiss, Jr., Attorney in general civil litigation and appeals; misdemeanor and felony criminal defense; real estate law; construction litigation; family law; probate; debt collections.
Geauga County Public Defender, Geauga County Public Defender Commission, Chardon, OH
Manage public defender office staff and provide defense in felony and misdemeanor criminal cases in Geauga County, OH.
Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Geauga County Prosecutor Office, Chardon, OH
Prosecution of felony criminal cases; defense of Geauga County and various township officials in civil litigation including zoning and land use regulation issues; legal research and presentation of legal opinions.
Case Western Reserve University School of Law - Case Western Reserve UniversityJ.D.Law
Xavier UniversityB.A.History
Honors: Magna Cum Laude degree; Alpha Sigma Nu, Jesuit Honors Society
Professional Activities
Volunteer, Homecoming Festival; St. Vincent de Paul Society St. Mary, German Village, Columbus, OH 2009-Current
Member, past President Chesterland Historical Society 1995-2007
Member, Past President West Geauga Kiwanis Club 1995-2007
Member Geauga County Agricultural Society 1994-2006
Member Geauga County Library Foundation 1995-2005
Member of Board of Trustee, Past Presideent American Cancer Society, Geauga County Unit 1988-2005
Innovation and Excellence, Attorney General of Ohio
Professionalism Award, Attorney General of Ohio
Professional Associations
Member, Ohio State Bar
Member, former committee member Unauthorized Practice of Law and Bar Admissions committees, Geauga County Bar Association


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Makowski Law Offices
555 South Third Street
Columbus, OH 43215
Telephone: 614.245.0488
Cell: 216.387.6156
Fax: 614.245.0223