Phone: 216.736.7223 Fax: 216.621.6536 Connect: LinkedIn

Overview

Connie is known as one of Northeast Ohio’s leading real estate attorneys, and is a lead author of the state’s definitive online resource for this practice area, The Ohio Real Estate Law Blog.

She serves a diverse base of clients ranging from first-time entrepreneurs to large publicly-traded corporations with services related to real estate, banking, construction, acquisitions and more. These include assisting both borrowers and lenders with commercial loans, acquisition and mortgage financing, complex business transactions and securities compliance. She’s particularly skilled in navigating the laws and regulations governing real estate development and financing.

Connie is known for her ability to handle very complex cases involving numerous stakeholders from the public and private sectors. Raised in a family of entrepreneurs, she’s a pragmatist who always provides big-picture context for even the most minute legal matters, resulting in successful outcomes for clients that don’t break their budgets.

Outside of her work at KJK, Connie is also actively involved with community revitalization and economic development. She was a candidate for Lorain County Commissioner and currently serves as vice chairman of the board of the Lorain Port Authority, where she is actively involved in development projects. Connie is an avid cyclist who sits on the board of Fast Track Cycling, a Cleveland-based nonprofit that operates a velodrome in Slavic Village.

“I am a customer service queen. I am very communicative about the process in each case, and I’m always conscious of the bottom line to make sure clients are getting their money’s worth. Clients appreciate that level of service.” – Connie S. Carr

Education

  • The American University, Washington College of Law, J.D., 1990
  • The Institute on Comparative Political and Economic Systems, Georgetown University, Summer 1983
  • Cedarville University, B.A., Speech Communication/Broadcast Journalism, 1983

Civic Involvement

  • Lorain Port Authority, Vice Chair of Board of Directors
  • Lorain County Chamber of Commerce, Member
  • Fast Track Cycling, Board of Trustees

Professional Affiliations

  • Lorain County Bar Association
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers

Bar/Court Admissions

  • Member of the Ohio, New York and District of Columbia bars

Representative Experience

“Connie has always been diligent, available, and thoroughly knowledgeable in matters of corporate law. She has a sixth sense that is valuable to ‘tweener’ companies like ours that fall into the middle of the spectrum of company size. She is sensitive to billing issues, and is always fair when it comes to hours billed. She has been a good counselor to our company and as well as a friend to the team.”

– Kirt Frye, President & Mary Zimmerman, CFO – Sunnyside Automotive Group

  • Representing clients in business acquisition and sales transactions in the U.S. and Canada, with deal sizes ranging from less than $1 million to more than $140 million
  • Serving as lead counsel for the City of Cleveland in the sale of the Cleveland Convention Center to Cuyahoga County, including negotiating easements, joint operation of the Convention Center and Public Auditorium and turnover of the Malls back to City control
  • Handling a wide variety of other complex public/private transactions such as the sale and purchase of numerous auto dealerships and distressed business transactions involving bankruptcy or receivership
  • Working with real estate developers and investors in acquisition , construction and sale of multi-family residential projects and commercial buildings, negotiation of leases and mortgage financing, and syndication of historic tax credits
  • Representing lenders in mid-market commcercial and real estate financing as well as participating in larger commercial loans
  • Representing borrowers in acquisition financing, structured finance (e.g., CMBS loans), debt refinancing and recapitalizations in both public and private transactions ranging from $1 million to more than $120 million
  • Preparing, negotiating and reviewing contractual agreements for such businesses as auto dealerships, technology-based companies, manufacturers and service companies
  • Serving as counsel for borrowers or underwriters in public debt transactions ranging from $50 million to more than $150 million