Mark Landes

Mark Landes: Attorney with Isaac Wiles Burkholder & Teetor, LLC AV stamp icon
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Biography

A brief scan of Mark Landes’ illustrious career accomplishments reveals why no case can intimidate him. He was a prosecutor for a US cavalry unit stationed along the Iron Curtain, and served as a civil litigator at The Pentagon.

More recently, Mark earned an $11.2 million jury verdict for a developer, and represents 65 Ohio counties and 110 school districts and other government entities and businesses.

His appointments are impressive as well, as he was named special master for the U.S. District Court, and serves as Special Counsel for the Ohio Attorney General for some of their most challenging cases. Mark is also on the Drafting Committee of the Ohio Jury Instructions for employment discrimination cases.

Mark is Managing Partner of Isaac Wiles and Co-chair of the Public Law practice group.

Experience

United States Military

•Judge Advocate, United States Army Reserve. As the former Chief of Training, 9th Legal Services Organization, advised the command and its soldiers on all legal issues. Assumed responsibility for all operations and training within a JAG unit. Retired as Lieutenant Colonel.
•Civil Litigation Attorney, Department of the Army-nominated and competitively selected as a member of the Army Litigation Division. Represented the Departments of Defense and Army in all aspects of sensitive civil litigation, including constitutional challenges to personnel policies. Wrote briefs filed in federal courts throughout the country. Edited briefs of Defense and Justice Department litigators, 1985-87
•Trial Counsel, Fulda, Germany-served as military equivalent of district attorney for a community of 15,000 located on the Iron Curtain. Tried over 60 cases, including those involving murderers and spies, 1983-85
•Legal Assistance Attorney, Frankfurt, Germany-acted as a general practitioner to community of 70,000, providing legal counsel to clients on estate, domestic, landlord-tenant, consumer, and tax law. Drafted approximately 300 separation agreements, 200 wills, and numerous advocacy letters, 1982-83

Appointed Positions

•Special Master, United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. Appointed by federal judge in Martin v. Taft to resolve a dispute over $655 million of funding per year for services for mentally retarded and developmentally disabled individuals in Ohio.
•Special Monitor, United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. Appointed by federal judge for Value Behavioral Health v. State of Ohio to review contracting process for multi-million dollar public contract.
•Mediator, Appointed by federal and state courts to mediate all types of disputes. Frequently retained by private parties to mediate resolutions of litigated and pre-suit matters, including employment, business, and personal injury matters.

Bar Associations

•Past President, Federal Bar Association, Columbus Chapter (two tours)
•Past Chair, Labor and Employment Committee, Columbus Bar Association
•Past Chair, Federal Courts Committee, Ohio State Bar Association
•Select Member, Jury Instructions Committee, Ohio State Bar Association
•Select Member, Judicial Screening Committee, Columbus Bar Association, 2009-11

Teaching Positions

•Adjunct Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University, College of Law-Legal Writing, 1991-92

Other Positions

•Member, Ohio Jury Instructions Drafting Committee, Ohio Judicial College. Selected by the Ohio Supreme Court to serve as special member on a committee of judges to draft pattern jury instructions for jury trials involving employment litigation. Jury instructions and their commentaries are known as authoritative among Ohio judges and lawyers.
•Author, Jury Verdict Reports, United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. With the cooperation of the Court and the Federal Bar Association, Columbus Chapter, chronicle each jury verdict from the federal courthouse in Columbus.
•Legal Counsel, County Engineers Association of Ohio-counsel to the Association to advise on legal liability and give opinions concerning safety, contracting and personnel issues, 1993-94
•Member, Ohio State Dental Board, 2003-2006. Member of the regulatory body over the dentists of Ohio, considering licensing, discipline and availability of services.

Outside Activities

•President, City Council of London, Ohio, 1981-1982. Elected head of the legislative body of county seat of 7,000. Drafted $3 million budget; organized passage of a tax renewal
•Editor-in-Chief, Johns Hopkins University Magazine, 1978
•Aide, United States Senator Robert Taft, Jr., 1976
•Clerk, Supreme Court of Ohio Law Library, 1975

Articles & Presentations

Articles

•Employment Discrimination and Retaliation Instructions, Ohio Jury Instructions

Presentations

•SORSA Annual Membership Meeting: ML's topic: Millennial Jurors, September 2017
• Supervisors Say the Darndest Things, CORMA 2017 Public Sector Risk Management Seminars, August 2017
•Willis Pooling Symposium: ML’s topic: “Emerging Claim and Litigation Managing Your Legal Fees;” Scottsdale, Arizona, April 2017
•CORSA Annual Agents Meeting: ML’s topic: “Ohio Stop Gap Liability;” October 2015
•Pickaway County Board of Developmental Disabilities: ML’s topic: “Sunshine Law;” August 2015
•Ohio Transit Risk Pool: ML’s topic: “ADA Obligations for Bus Drivers;” August 2015
•Ohio Transit Risk Pool: ML’s topic: “Open Records for OTRP Risk Managers and Human Resource Personnel - Sunshine Law;” February 2015
•OACTA Annual Meeting: ML’s topic: “Developments and Abuses in E-Discovery and Where are the Changes?” November 2014
•Willis Pooling Symposium: ML’s topic: “Emerging Claim and Litigation Managing Your Legal Fees;” Squaw Valley, California, September 2014
•CORMA-Public Sector Safety/Risk Management Seminar: ML’s topic: “Dealing with Problem Employees;” May 2014
•Willis Pooling Symposium: ML’s topic: “Emerging Claim and Litigation Managing Your Legal Fees;” Washington, D.C., October 2013
•CBA Bench/Bar Retreat - Masters Series: ML’s topic: “Masters Series: Lawyers in Literature and Cinema;” September 2013
•SORSA Annual Membership Meeting: ML’s topic: “Emerging Liability Trends;” September 2013
•OSBA School Law Webcast (for Ohio School Boards Assn.): ML’s topic: “Access to Students and Records: Custody, Divorce, Abuse and Neglect;” June 2013
•OSBA Sports Law Workshop (for Ohio School Boards Assn.): ML’s topic: “Cyberlaw and Athletic Discipline;” June 2010
•Legal Update for Public Employers, Annual Seminar, 2010
•Cyberlaw and Athletic Discipline, OSBA Sports Law Workshop, 2010
•The Written Agreement: Incorporating Novel Solutions, The Advocate in
•Mediation: Basic & Higher Level Concepts, 2009
•Electronic and Student Records, OSBA Spring Seminar, 2009
•Attack of the Killer Trees and Other Tales From the Courthouse, Ohio Tree Care Conference, 2009
•Essential Aspects of Sunshine Law, Commissioners' Training Session, 2009
•Ethics in E-Discovery, Ethics, Professionalism & Substance Abuse, 2008

Honors

Ohio Super Lawyers , 2006-2019
Ohio Super Lawyers , Top 50: 2018 Columbus Super Lawyers
The Best Lawyers in America , Litigation - First Amendment; Litigation - Labor and Employment; Litigation - Municipal, 2009-2019
•AV - Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell
•Named a Central Ohio Lawyer of the Year, 2013
•Co-Lead counsel in Multi-District Litigation for class action

Areas of Practice (6)

  • Labor & Employment
  • Litigation
  • Public Law
  • Transportation
  • Public Sector
  • Education

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
614-826-6938  Phone
614.220.5149  Phone
www.isaacwiles.com
University Attended:
Johns Hopkins University, B.A., 1978
Law School Attended:
The Ohio State University, J.D., 1982
Year of First Admission:
1982
Admission:
United States Court of Military Appeals; United States Southern and Northern Districts of Ohio; Supreme Courts of Ohio; United States Army Court of Military Review; United States Sixth and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals; 1982, Kentucky; 1982, Ohio; United States Supreme Court
Memberships:

Professional & Community Activities

Professional

•Ohio State Bar Association (Past Chair, Federal Courts Committee)
•Columbus Bar Association (Past Chair, Labor and Employment Committee)
•Federal Bar Association (Twice Past President, Columbus Chapter)
•Solicitor, Village of Ashville
•General Counsel, Ohio Transit Risk Pool

Community

•Board Member, Legatus

Birth Information:
Columbus, Ohio, June 20, 1956
Reported Cases:
Case Studies: Independent Stave Company v. Bethel, et al.; Practice Area: Employment and labor; Date: Jan 29, 2016; Outcome: Happy Client; Description: Former employer tried and failed to use non-compete to stop client from working.;; Aetna Better Health, Inc. vs. Ohio Dept. of Job & Family Services; Practice Area: Contracts / Agreements; Date: Aug 16, 2012; Outcome: Decision for client; Description: Contract dispute.; Aquino v. Honda of America, Inc., et al., 158 Fed. App'x. 667; Practice Area: Constitutional; Date: Nov 01, 2005; Outcome: Judgment affirmed.; Description: I successfully argued this case before the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, Ohio preserving judgment in favor of our client, a County Sheriff's Department. The issue was whether a Sheriff's deputy's interview and search of an employee of Honda suspected of vandalism on the job was constitutional or whether it was an illegal search and seizure. It was not and the deputy was vindicated.; Spangler v. Wenninger; Practice Area: Civil Rights; Outcome: Verdict for Plaintiff in amount of $30,000.00; Description: In the search for the body of a young girl, cadaver dogs hit on the floor of a garage, and continued to hit as the floor was broken up and dug out down to bedrock. Nothing was found, and the hole left behind to fill with water. Plaintiff claimed client Sheriff caused hundreds of thousands of dollars damage to the equipment taken out of the garage and left outside, as well as damage to the garage.; Zammit v. Society National Bank; Practice Area: Litigation; Outcome: Happy Client; Description: Lender liability suit over development of downtown condominiums disrupted by failure to fund.; Roberts v. Mahoning County; Practice Area: Litigation; Outcome: Happy Client; Description: Class action of inmates concerning conditions of confinement.; Kennedy v. Muskingum County; Practice Area: Litigation; Outcome: Happy Client; Description: Nine week trial on discrimination claimed by 58 individuals in the providing of water service.; Precise Electric v. Hocking College, The Arbitration Tribunals of the American Arbitration Association; Practice Area: Litigation; Outcome: Happy Client; Description: Construction arbitration for delays caused by owner and general contractor.; Danbert v. Hilliard; Practice Area: Litigation; Outcome: Happy Client; Description: Contractor sued City and County for damages due to delays in street excavation. Settled at close of Plaintiff's case.; State ex rel., Beacon Journal v. Medina County; Practice Area: Litigation; Outcome: Happy Client; Description: Established law protecting grand jury information from disclosure.; State ex rel., Toledo Blade v. Seneca County; Practice Area: Litigation; Outcome: Happy Client; Description: Established law on the duty to preserve electronic records.; State ex rel., Cook v. Seneca County; Practice Area: Litigation; Outcome: Happy Client; Description: Preliminary injunction hearing. Defended power of Commissioners to proceed toward demolition of 1884 Courthouse. Won, and won on appeal.; State ex rel., Oriana House, Inc. v. Montgomery; Practice Area: Litigation; Outcome: Happy Client; Description: Established law on public records responsibilities of private contractors.; Oriana House, Inc. v. Montgomery; Practice Area: Litigation; Outcome: Happy Client; Description: 10th District Court of Appeals. Represented Auditor of State to establish authority to audit expenditures of a private contractor.; Albrecht v. Treon; Practice Area: Litigation; Outcome: Happy Client; Description: Argument regarding class action. Plaintiffs claimed that coroner's practice of retaining brains and other organs was a taking of property without due process. Won argument saving an estimated $90 million for local governments.; Spingola v. Village of Granville; Practice Area: Litigation; Outcome: Happy Client; Description: Preacher sues for right to show aborted fetus poster during downtown festival. Arrested for disorderly conduct.; Austin v. Wilkinson; Practice Area: Litigation; Outcome: Happy Client; Description: Class action against Ohio State Penitentiary, the Supermax Prison. Four day trial, multiple additional hearings.; Mathis v. Pickering; Practice Area: Litigation; Outcome: Happy Client; Description: Oficer arrested spectator at muscle-car street event for failure to dispose and excessive force. Defense verdict.; Mathews v. Reynoldsburg; Practice Area: Litigation; Outcome: Happy Client; Description: Officer shot and killed 14 year-old boy while boy was joyriding. Defense verdict.; State, ex rel., Ohio Roundtable v. Taft; Practice Area: Litigation; Outcome: Happy Client; Description: Association of business leaders and ministers sued state to stop Ohio's involvement in Mega Millions Lottery. Claimed Ohio Constitutional violations. Verdict for client Ohio resulting in $40 million per year in revenues.; Overturf v. Madden; Practice Area: Litigation; Outcome: Happy Client; Description: Plaintiff clients, three sisters, alleged sexual abuse by Uncle at Grandmother's house. One sister alleged over 150 incidents, but had intact hymen. Verdict for clients for $180,000.00 against both Uncle and Grandmother.; Mill Valley v. Embanque; Practice Area: Litigation; Outcome: Happy Client; Description: Plaintiff client-developer, sues lender for failing to provide funding to complete development. Verdict for client for $11.2 million.; Scheiderer v. City of London & Madison County Prosecutor; Practice Area: Litigation; Outcome: Happy Client; Description: Plaintiff (private detective) sued City and Madison County Prosecutor (client) for breach of contract and defamation from Plaintiff's investigation of City Police. Forced dismissal after close of Plaintiff's case.; Grassbaugh v. Northern Neck Transfer; Practice Area: Litigation; Outcome: Happy Client; Description: Client trailer pulled out of truck stop in front of attorney (Plaintiff), resulting in wrist fracture and claimed head and eye injury. $3.2 million claimed damages. Defense verdict for client.; State v. Reel; Practice Area: Litigation; Outcome: Happy Client; Description: Client Deputy Sheriff went through stop sign and struck and killed two. Claimed brake failure. Indicted for aggravated vehicular homicide. After three days of trial, offered no contest to stop sign violation.; Reece v. Miami County Municipal Court & Miami County Common Pleas Court; Practice Area: Litigation; Outcome: Happy Client; Description: After maternity leave Court Reporter fired by client judge. Judge died before trial. Verdict for Plt. for $15,000.00, overturned on appeal.; Wyant v. Hogue; Practice Area: Litigation; Outcome: Happy Client; Description: Claimed rear-end collision at high speed. $27,000.00 in damages claimed. Verdict for $504.00 against client.; North v. McCowan; Practice Area: Litigation; Outcome: Happy Client; Description: Australian woman thrown from horse provided by client. Claim that client knew horse was dangerous. Defense verdict for client.; Thomas v. Karnes; Practice Area: Litigation; Outcome: Happy Client; Description: Restraining order obtained to protect retired detective's business from retaliation for filing to run against Sheriff.
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Peer Reviews

5.0/5.0
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