Craig focuses his practice on commercial real property, business transactions, and nonprofit organizations. Craig serves clients ranging from Fortune 500 manufacturing companies to local businesses and nonprofit entities. His clients actively involve him in all phases of real property transactions – ranging from listing agreements to lease agreements. He is equally involved with business transactions and nonprofit organizations.

Craig is originally from Connecticut, but has lived in Ohio for many years. Following his graduation from law school in 1976, Craig was with the law firm of Fuller & Henry.  Craig has been a partner with Robison, Curphey & O'Connell since 2006. He recently served as the Chair of the Ohio State Bar Association Real Property Law Section Council (2011-2013).

  • Practice Areas  

  • Education  

    The Ohio State University College of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1976

    Miami University, B.A., 1973

  • Bar Admissions  

    Ohio

    Michigan

    United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio

    United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

    The Supreme Court of the United States

  • Community Involvement  

    Board of Directors, Downtown Toledo Development Corporation (2010-Present)

    • Chair (2010 – 2013)

    Past Board Memberships include:

    • Corporation for Effective Government
    • Toledo Design Center
    • Imagination Station
    • Greater Downtown Business Partnership
    • Levis Square Ministries
    • Maumee Valley Historical Society
    • St. Michael’s in the Hills Vestry

  • Professional Associations  

    Toledo Bar Association

    American Bar Association

    Michigan State Bar Association

    Ohio State Bar Association

    • Real Property Law Section Council (Chair 2011-2013)

  • Accomplishments  

    Who’s Who in Toledo Area Law – Real Estate, Corporate and Commercial Law, Toledo Business Journal (2009 - 2013)

    Fellow – American Bar Foundation

    Fellow – Ohio State Bar Foundation

    Super Lawyers – Ohio Real Property Attorneys (2005-2008)

Real Estate Development

  • Craig advised a Fortune 500 company on the redevelopment of 10 acres in downtown Toledo, Ohio.
  • Craig assisted with the green field development of a new headquarters in Northwest Ohio for a Fortune 500 company.

Construction

  • Craig developed and negotiated a construction agreement on behalf of a Fortune 500 company for a new manufacturing facility.
  • Craig developed and negotiated a construction agreement on behalf of a family business for a new suburban manufacturing facility.

Leasing

  • Craig negotiated leases for over 1,000,000 square feet of office space on behalf of large and small landlords and tenants.
  • Craig negotiated leases for over 1,000,000 square feet of warehouse space on behalf of large and small tenants.
  • Craig negotiated leases for over 1,000,000 square feet of manufacturing space for large and small tenants.

Commercial Transactions

  • Craig advised an Ohio retirement community on the refinance of its existing debt with a new credit facility.
  • Craig assisted several family businesses with the transfer of control from one generation to the other.

Nonprofit

  • Craig counseled a Taft-Hartley trust on the redevelopment of a blighted area of Toledo, Ohio into a new office building.
  • Craig developed and negotiated a management and operation agreement on behalf of a start-up nonprofit for a municipal parking system.

Real Estate & Development

Issue
Our client sought our assistance in connection with a brand new manufacturing plant. The challenge for our client was that they had not constructed a similar facility for over 25 years.

Our Approach
We worked with our client to select the most favorable site following a multistate review. We then proceeded to negotiate a real property purchase agreement to secure the site, and we assisted the client with its due diligence review, coordinated survey and title matters, and successfully closed on the site. We assisted our client with agreements for infrastructure development, and we negotiated a “design build” agreement for the construction of the facility.

Result
The entire project was brought in on time and on budget. The new plant consistently ranks as one of our client’s most productive facilities.

Contact Craig

Office Toledo, Ohio  Email cvanhorsten@rcolaw.com
P 419-418-6925
Assistant Kim Bryant  Email kbryant@rcolaw.com
P 419-418-6460
  • Get to know Craig 

    I am a second generation lawyer. My father had a general practice in a small Ohio town. Now my daughter is the third generation; she practices employment law in Miami, Florida. When not practicing law, I can be found with my hiking boots on my feet, or a good book in my hands, or sometimes both.

 

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