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Edward J. Leader
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EDWARD J. LEADER counsels clients in all aspects of the acquisition, disposition, financing, development, leasing, construction and exchanging of commercial, industrial, and multi-family real estate. Ed also serves as a business advisor to clients in structuring real estate and other investment transactions. Ed's experience includes commercial finance, loan workouts and foreclosures, real estate bankruptcy issues, tax valuation complaints, and the real estate aspects of corporate acquisitions, dispositions and mergers. 

Ed's practice includes oil and gas exploration, leasing and production in the Utica and Marcellus Shale plays, with an emphasis in horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing or “fracking."  Ed's experience includes negotiating oil and gas leases; handling title matters and due diligence; preparing and negotiating drilling contracts and supply and joint venture agreements; and the acquisition and sale of pipeline easements. He also advises clients with respect to injection well drilling and brine disposal.

Ed is a frequent lecturer on real estate issues in Northeast Ohio, and serves on the Board of Directors for Ohio Stream Preservation, Inc. Ed is honored as an Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Star. He is listed in the 2010-2016 editions of The Best Lawyers in America for Real Estate Law. Ed is listed in Chambers USA 2014 for Natural Resources and Environmental Law and is a member of the Ohio Oil and Gas Association.

Ed is also licensed to practice in the State of Florida.