Michael E. Zatezalo - Kegler Brown Hill + Ritter, L.P.A

Michael E. Zatezalo

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2007

Zatezalo is the managing director of the firm and head of its Gaming Law practice; he also practices in the areas of real estate law and financing. He has been with Kegler Brown since 1986.

Michael represents local, national and international clients, including suppliers, distributors and manufacturers within the gaming industry, as well as charitable organizations. A former section chief of the charitable law section of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, he currently serves as treasurer of the International Masters of Gaming Law and has been a previous presenter at the Gaming Law Minefield seminar. Michael has been involved with advising clients with respect to Ohio’s 2009 casino initiative, which authorized the construction and operation of four casinos in Ohio, as well as advising clients with respect to the Ohio Lottery Commission’s authorization of video lottery terminals (VLTs) at Ohio’s racetracks. He regularly contributes to publications seeking insight on the national gaming landscape and recently authored an article entitled “The Perfect Storm: Ohio’s Entry Into Legalized Gaming” for Casino Enterprise Management magazine.

Real Estate + Financing
Michael’s real estate experience includes all aspects of real estate development, including sales and acquisitions, leasing (office, retail, industrial and telecommunications towers), zoning, land use, development issues, real estate tax valuation, construction and permanent financing. He has represented a number of businesses seeking financial incentives in connection with the location and expansion of their facilities in Ohio. His experience also includes serving as lead real estate counsel in the initial public offering of Glimcher Realty Trust, one of Central Ohio’s largest real estate investment trusts. He represents institutional investors, pension funds, lenders, buyers, sellers, tenants and landlords of all sizes.

West Virginia UniversityBS 1972The Ohio State UniversityJ.D. 1975
Buckeye Ranch FoundationCalifornia Bar AssociationColumbus Bar AssociationColumbus Bar Services BoardColumbus Council on World Affairsnternational Council of Shopping CentersInternational Masters of Gaming LawOhio State Bar Associationtate Capital Group, board of directors

Client Comments

"Mike is a great guy to work with on gaming issues. He is a good resource to discuss changes of gambling law. We will be speaking a great deal between now and the beginning of June."

-Mike Rzymek
Principal Attorney
Ohio Attorney General's Office

"Michael Zatezalo is our point person on every real estate deal we do. While our primary business is not real estate, our holdings are significant. Michael knows real estate and, as well, he is the managing partner of what I consider to be a great law firm. He has impeccable character and integrity."

-Charles Penzone
Charles Penzone Inc.

"I enjoy discussing gambling matters with Mike Zatezalo."

Office Location

65 East State Street, Suite 1800
Columbus, OH 43215
United States

Practice Areas

Gaming Law
Real Estate Law (Commercial, Development, Finance, Joint Ventures, Office Buildings, Shopping Center Transactions, Tax Certiorari, Title Matters, Transactions, Workouts and Restructurings, Zoning)

Other Information

Gender: Male