7482 Center Street, Unit 6, Mentor, Ohio 44060

440-974-8484

Joseph "Randy" Klammer

Partner

Mr. Klammer shares the vision of The Klammer Law Office, Ltd. with the firm’s other attorneys in that every legal dispute requires a careful attention to detail, sophisticated investigation of the underlying facts, and a firm wide evaluation of the merits of the matter. As with every attorney in the firm, Mr. Klammer has handled criminal matters ranging from juvenile delinquency to adult murder – both he and his wife, Darya Klammer, are privileged to claim the same level of experience. Experience as a former assistant county prosecutor, allows Mr. Klammer to fully evaluate the central issues and design a defense strategy best suited for the dispute. With in excess of 35 appellate disputes to his name, Mr. Klammer is mindful of your rights beyond trial to appeal.

This strategic understanding of litigation, allows Mr. Klammer to apply the same critical analysis to land use and personal injury disputes. As the Law Director to a local municipality, Mr. Klammer routinely evaluates the constitutionality of zoning regulations and classifications, as well as the appropriateness of governmental administrative proceedings. A considerable portion of his practice is dedicated to litigation as to the constitutionality of zoning classification and land use rights. He has represented municipalities in the attack on zoning regulations and pursued plaintiffs claims against the government that the land use regulations are illegal. This breadth of experience, offers Mr. Klammer a unique perspective in land use litigation and property rights.

Practice Areas

Trial & Litigation; criminal defense, home construction, building construction, real estate, zoning law, election law, governmental law, and personal injury.

Education

  • Juris Doctorate, 1997
    Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
    Cleveland State University
    Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Bachelor of Science in Business, 1994
    Miami University
    Oxford, Ohio.
  • Attendant, 53rd Annual Short Course for Prosecuting Attorneys
    Presented by: Northwestern University School of Law
    Chicago, Illinois.

Admitted to the Practice of Law

  • Ohio Supreme Court, 1997.
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, 1998.
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 2009.

Public Sector Practice

  • The City of Eastlake
    Law Director, 2004 to Present
    Assistant Law Director, 2003 to 2004.

Professional Associations

  • Lake County Bar Association, President
    - Grievance Committee
    - Judicial Selection Committee
  • Lake County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, President
  • Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association, Life Member
  • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers 2006 - present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2004, 2006-present

Community Experience

  • The Lake County Bar Foundation
    Present Chairman.
  • Board of Trustees, Lake-Geauga Big Brothers Big Sisters
    Past Board Member.
  • Board of Zoning Appeals, City of Mentor on the Lake
    Past Board Member.

Publications and Speaking

  • Sometimes…You Don't Need A Lawyer, First Edition, 2010. Available at Amazon.
  • Innovative Ways to Find and Present "Similar Offenders and Similar Sentences."
    Speaker, 2008 Superstar Seminar, Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, October 17, 2008
  • Basic Preparation for the DNA Cross-examination, Websites, Strinsites and Insights.
    Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, March 31 Newsletter, (2008).
  • A Seductive Playground Indeed - The Federal Sentencing Guidelines Respond. (View PDF, 526Kb)
    Lake Legal Views, Vol. 25, Number 7, (2003)
  • Landlord Tenant Law: Beyond the Basics, Speaker 2010, Youngstown, Ohio. (View PDF, 233Kb)
  • Long Live the General Practitioner. Ohio State Bar Association; Solo, Small Firms and General Practice News Vol. 20, Issue 3, Fall 2010. (View PDF, 233Kb)
  • Protecting the Innocent from Misidentification and Wrongful Convictions. Ohio State Bar Association; Solo, Small Firms and General Practice News Vol. 21, Issue 3, Summer 2011. (View PDF, 1.1Mb)
  • Legal Aid Society – Judicial Forum and Practice Update: Municipal Court Update, including S.B 337 Changes, Speaker on changes to expungement in Ohio under S.B. 337, Willoughby, 2012.
  • Criminal Law Update. Ohio State Bar Association; Solo, Small Firms and General Practice News Vol. 22, Issue 1, Spring 2012 (View PDF, 342Kb)
  • Ohio Land Law, Eminent Domain, and Condemnation. Speaker, Cleveland, Ohio, May 2, 2013.
  • Lake County 2014 Family Law Seminar. Topic: My Client Got Arrested for What?, March 28, 2014.

Noteworthy Litigation

Criminal Dispute-Murder: As lead attorney for the defense and upon trial of an indictment for two counts of murder and two counts of felonious assault; the defendant was acquitted on all counts murder and felonious assault counts and convicted of the lesser included offense of recklessness.

Criminal Dispute-Attempted Murder: As lead attorney for the defense and upon trial of an indictment for two counts of attempted murder; two counts of felonious assault; and two counts of vehicular assaults, the defendant was acquitted on all counts and convicted of the lesser included offense of misdemeanor assault .

Criminal Dispute-Attempted Murder: As lead attorney for the defendant charged with attempted murder involving a fire arm. Matter was resolved as a misdemeanor obstruction of official business and the defendant was fined $100.00.

Criminal Dispute-Nine Counts Illegal Processing Drug Documents: As lead attorney for the defense and upon trial of an indictment charging nine counts of illegal processing drug documents, the defendant was acquitted on all counts.

Land Use and Zoning Dispute: As attorney for the defendant-business owner and upon trial to the Court, all claims brought by the local municipality against the business owner were dismissed at the close of the City’s evidence. The defendant was not required to present a defense.

Land Use and Zoning Dispute: As co-counsel to the special counsel to a local municipality as the defendant successfully defended attacks by local developer to city’s residential zoning. Upon trial to the Court, the Court found against the commercial developer concluding that the existing residential zoning was constitutional.

Full and unconditional pardon from Ohio Governor: As lead attorney for an Ohio man, Mr. Klammer was successful in securing "full and unconditional pardon" of a 1992 criminal conviction from Governor Strickland. In the eyes of the law, it is as thought the crime and conviction had never occurred.

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