Finally, we have profiled Jim Fisher, a member of our Construction and Real Estate Practice Group.
knows all there is to know about the City of Akron's zoning code - he
Jim Fisher is a member of the Real Estate and Construction Practice Group in the Buckingham Akron office.
practice on zoning, planning, land subdivision, purchase and sale, brokerage, leasing, and other aspects of real estate.
Or as Jim
summarizes the legal work he
does for clients, "I'm a mechanic.
I fix things that are broken.
I solve problems."
An Ohio Registered Professional Engineer, Jim
had planned a career designing highways and bridges.
took a co-op job in the City of Akron's
Planning Department, though, he
found to his
surprise that he
had an aptitude for zoning, so he
decided to go to law school.
While working for the City, Jim wrote the draft of the zoning code presently in use.
explains, "I parlayed that co-op job into a career.
advises taking the practical approach first: Running a hose down the downspout may clear the blockage and dry up the basement without further problems.
In solving client problems, Jim
not only draws on his
extensive network of friends and acquaintances throughout local government and professional organizations, but also the expertise of other lawyers at Buckingham
adds, "If someone were expanding a factory, he
should talk to others at the Firm, like Steve Hammersmith and Tom Trotter, regarding a bond deal or economic development incentives."
A member of the Ohio and American Bar Associations, Jim also belongs to the local and national home builders associations.
He was vice-chairman of the Akron Bar Association Real Property Law Section and is a member of the Ohio Planning Conference and the American Planning Association.
He has served as Secretary-Treasurer of the Summit County Planning Commission and on the Copley Township Zoning Commission and the Copley Trustees Zoning Advisory Committee.
Jim lives in Bath with his
wife, Nancy, and is active in a number of community organizations, including the Copley Lions Club and Fairlawn-West United Church of Christ
says that his
"only discernible vice" is Ohio State football; he
has attended more than 350 games since 1967.
also enjoys what he
describes as "experimental gardening."
Jim claims that once he retires he plans to go to Ohio State to earn a degree in agronomy so that he can continue his pursuit of the perfect sweet corn.
Jim Fisher is a shareholder and member of the Real Estate & Construction and School Law Section of the Business Law Practice Groups.
can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 330.258.6461.
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