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Kathleen Ryan
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Kathleen F. Ryan “It may seem paradoxical to hold that a policy of building restriction tends to a fuller utilization of land than a policy of no restriction; but such is undoubtedly the case. The reason lies in the greater safety and security to investment secured by definite resources.” – Edward M. Basset, lawyer and father of zoning

Kathleen’s practice focuses on civil litigation, land use and zoning law, eminent domain, civil rights, and local government law. Kathleen successfully argued before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn a summary judgment motion dismissing claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Fair Housing Act in Anderson, et al. v. City of Blue Ash, Ohio. During law school she participated in the Volunteer Lawyers Wills Clinic at the Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati where she assisted low-income individuals with their estate planning needs.  Prior to becoming an Associate, Kathleen served as Manley Burke’s in-house urban planner for eight years, where she worked as planning staff for local governments, drafted zoning codes, and assisted clients with various planning and zoning-related matters.

Quick Facts



225 West Court Street

Cincinnati, OH 45202


Practice Areas:

Land-Use & Zoning

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights

Local Government



Supreme Court of Ohio, 2013

U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, 2013

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 2014


2012, J.D., Northern Kentucky Chase College of Law, cum laude

2005, Bachelor of Urban Planning, University of Cincinnati

Professional & Community Affiliations

Ohio State Bar Association


Cincinnati Bar Association

American Planning Association

American Planning Association – Ohio Chapter

Publications & Presentations

Homeowners Associations: Challenges for Today and Challenges for Tomorrow, Miami Valley Chapter, Ohio Planning Conference, December, 2006.


The Three Branches of Government: Planning & Zoning Edition, David Allor Planning Workshop, January, 2015, speaker.

Fairness in Siting of Nontraditional Housing, The Commissioner, The American Planning Association, Vol. 21, No. 1, February, 2015.


Planning and Zoning: A Legal Framework, Hamilton County Regional Planning Commission Planning Law Training Workshop, February, 2015, speaker.

Reasonable Accommodation Review of Service Animals under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Fair Housing Act: The “Fact-Specific Inquiry”, Civil Rights Insider, Federal Bar Association, Fall 2016.


The Three Pillars of Planning & Zoning Administration: Legislative, Quasi-Judicial & Administrative Processes, David Allor Planning Workshop, February, 2017, speaker.