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Thomas L. Cuni
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Thomas L. Cuni

My practice is concentrated in the areas of small business law and commercial disputes, including real estate and tax deferred exchanges.
Cuni, Ferguson & LeVay Co. LPA
(1-5 Attorneys)
www.cfl-law.com

AREAS OF LAW:
Business Law and Litigation
Real Estate and Housing Law

LOCATION:
10655 Springfield Pike
Suite 200
Cincinnati, OH 45215
Sharonville

YEARS OF PRACTICE:
39 years

PHONE:
513-771-6768

FAX:
513-771-6781

Why did you become an attorney?

I had originally intended to continue my education after military service by obtaining a Masters in Business Administration, but it seemed as if every company grade officer in the U.S. Army had the same plan. It then became my idea to get a law degree and enter the business world with that qualification rather than compete with what I believed would be an over abundance of job seekers with MBAs. My plans fell of the rails when I began working at a small law firm while I was in law school. It turned out that the practice of law appealed to me much more than becoming a management trainee.

What experiences (work and personal) help you to be a better attorney?

My prior work experiences in the coal mining industry in southern West Virginia and my military service taught me that a formal education was not the sole source of wisdom and good judgement. I worked with men and women who had little formal educatin but who possessed great intelligence and fine character. That experience has served me well throughout my career in dealing with a broad rage of individuals to whom I have provided legal services.

What made you choose your primary specialty focus of law?

Initially, I operated as a general practitioner. Over time, I dropped areas of practice which did not appeal to me in favor of areas of the law which I enjoyed. In time, my practice became concentrated in the representation of small businesses and commercial real estate.

What makes your law firm unique?

Cuni, Ferguson & LeVay Co., L.P.A. is a small firm consisting of three partners, three associates, and a twelve person support staff of paralegals, administrators, and a practice manager. My partners and I have been together for more than fifteen years. The three paralegals and the practice manager and several other staff members have been with the firm for more than twenty years. The firm has a relatively sharp focus on the areas of practice in which we work with which we believe tends, over time, to increase the legal services provided.

Describe your ideal client.

My ideal client is someone whom I have represented for a number of years. I have found that representing clients over an extended time, in some cases more than thirty years, produces a very productive attorney client relationship. It is also just interesting to get to know well so many very different people and businesses.

Describe your personal interest and hobbies.

I have enjoyed scuba diving for many years. Day hiking has also been a regular activity. Since injuring my knee a couple of years ago, I have surrendered my title as the slowest runner in the county and taken up bicycling (which I predict will eventually lead me to be the slowest bicyclist in several counties.) Regular (2 or 3 times a week) visits to the gym have become part of my life.

Describe your charitable activities.

I have participated in Volunteer Lawyers for the Poor since its inception, and in 2004 I was honored as Volunteer Lawyer of the Year. Presently, I serve on the Board of Trustees of ProKids. I became interested in ProKids as a result of the Cinicinnati Bar Association's sponsorship of the annual Run for the KIds event.

Business Law and Litigation
  • ADA issues
  • Banking and Finance
  • Business Formation and Dissolution
  • Collections
  • Commercial and Contract Law
  • Commercial Insurance
  • Construction
  • Contract Disputes
  • Corporate Bankruptcy/Chapter 11
  • Franchising
  • Liquor Licenses
  • Ownership Disputes/Fiduciary Relationships
  • Ownership Disputes/Fiduciary Relationships
  • Small Business Taxes
  • Zoning
Real Estate and Housing Law
  • Buying/Selling Property
  • Condominiums
  • Foreclosure Defense
  • Leasing
  • Mortgages
  • Property Taxes
  • Public Housing
  • Tenant/Landlord
  • Zoning
Degree

University of Cincinnati College of Law
Juris Doctor (JD), 1975

Bar Association Membership

Cincinnati Bar Association
Ohio State Bar Association
American Bar Association

Accomplishments

I was inducted into the US Army in 1969. After Basic Training at Ft. Dix, New Jersey, I was posted to Ft. Sill, Oklahoma for Advanced Individual Training in artillery. I attended Officer Training School at the Field Artillery School at Ft. Sill and I was commissioned as a second lieutenant in June, 1970. My first posting was Ft. Campbell, Kentucky. My next assignment was as a forward artillery observer attached to an infantry company in the 506th Infantry Regiment of the 101st Division in Vietnam. I was honorably discharged from the service at the rank of 1st lieutenant after my tour of duty in Vietnam. I used the GI Bill to attend law school at the University of Cincinnati after my military duty was completed.

Board/Committee Membership

Cincinnati Bar Board of Trustees, President
Board Member, ProKids
Volunteer Lawyer of the Year Award, 2004

Bar Admission Date

1975-01-01

Supreme Court Number

0003350

Licensed In

Ohio (1975), #0003350

Summary of Firm

My practice is concentrated in the areas of small business law and commercial disputes, including real estate and tax deferred exchanges.

Summary of Previous Employment

I was at a small law firm at the beginning of my career before starting my own practice.

Free Initial Consultation?

We offer a free initial consultation to see if we might be able to assist you.

Typical Retainer Fees

Our firm offers fixed pricing for some legal matters.

Fixed-Price Services and Fees

Retainers vary per case.

Fees by Hourly Rate

$225 per hour for partners. $200 per hour for associate attorneys