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Keith H. Raker

Partner
Cleveland, OH | D 216.696.2468 | F 216.592.5009
overview

Keith Raker is the chair of the Tucker Ellis Real Estate Group.

His practice emphasizes real estate development, finance, acquisitions, sales, like-kind exchanges, and leasing. Keith also represents clients in structuring transactions involving the syndication of Low Income Housing Tax Credits and Historic Tax Credits and clients involved in the oil and gas and other extractive industries. He has closed real estate transactions in more than 30 states and is a frequent author and speaker on real estate topics. Chambers USA quotes clients as remarking that Keith is “good at figuring out what it takes to get to the final conclusion. He can get from A to B quickly; he is very efficient.”

Born and raised in Granville, Ohio,  Keith moved to the Cleveland area in 1995 after practicing in Toledo, Ohio for three years. He is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys fly-fishing, hunting, boating, skiing, and motorcycling.

education & admissions

education

  • The Ohio State University College of Law (J.D., 1992)
  • The Ohio State University (M.B.A., with distinction, 1991)
  • University of Richmond (B.A., with honors, 1988)

state admissions

  • Ohio, 1992
  • New York, 2005

federal admissions

  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio

certifications

  • OSBA Certified Specialist in Business, Commercial and Industrial Real Property Law
experience

Representative Matters

  • Represented pension fund in sale of $59-million shopping center in Lewisville, Texas
  • Represented pension fund in purchase of $33-million shopping center in Overland Park, Kansas
  • Represented institutional investor in purchase of $108-million apartment building in Manhattan
  • Represented pension fund in sale of $44-million apartment complex in Dallas, Texas
  • Represented institutional investor in sale of $19.5-million apartment complex in Westlake, Ohio
  • Represented pension fund in sale of $300-million office building in Jersey City, New Jersey, including defeasance of securitized loan
  • Represented pension fund in sale of industrial portfolio in Dallas, Texas
  • Represented restaurant franchisees in leasing 88 in-line and outparcel locations in 13 states as one of only five approved firms nationwide
  • Represented Ohio-based manufacturer in managing lease portfolio of over 800 retail properties nationwide
  • Represented county government in connection with its disposition of five buildings and two parking garages and its lease-back (on a build-to-suit basis) of a new, to-be-constructed eight-story, 220,000-square-foot office building that will serve as the county government's new headquarters
  • Represented developer to create Phase I of riverfront development, consisting of the acquisition, vacation of streets, consolidation and re-platting, aerial splits, remediation, replacement of infrastructure, creation of a TIF District and New Community Authority, negotiation and preparation of financing leases, and negotiation and integration of numerous public and private financing sources
  • Represented anchor tenant law firm in connection with its lease of 130,000+ square feet in a to-be-constructed office tower for its headquarters offices
  • Represented owner in build-to-suit 200,000-square-foot expansion of existing call center facility in Independence, Ohio, involving Port Authority financing, modification of existing ownership and lease structure and relocation of existing intersection and traffic signal
  • Represented pension fund in long-term ground lease of a city block at Union Square, New York; development and leasing of five-story big-box power center; and in mezzanine financing and joint venture development of 17-story apartment building
  • Represent pension fund with respect to multiple joint venture development of 80/20 residential projects involving taxable and tax-exempt bonds, low income housing tax credits and credit enhancement
publications & events

Speaking Engagements

  • "'Trumped' Up Changes to Wetland and Stream Permits," Moderator, 39th Annual Real Estate Law Institute, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Cleveland, Ohio (November 2017)
  • "Tax Increment Financing: Cradle to Grave," 38th Annual Real Estate Institute 2016, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Cleveland, Ohio (November 2016)
  • "CMBS: Then and Now," 37th Annual Real Estate Law Institute, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Cleveland, Ohio (November 2015)
  • "Lake Erie Water Rights," 36th Annual Real Estate Law Institute, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Cleveland, Ohio (November 2014)
  • "Gross Anatomy of Transactional Practice," International Council of Shopping Centers 2012 Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan and Pennsylvania Retail Development and Law Symposium, Columbus, Ohio (March 2012)
  • "Consumer Product Safety Concerns for Retailers – The 'New' Consumer Product Safety Commission Database and Its Implications," 33rd Annual Real Estate Law Institute, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Cleveland, Ohio (November 2011)
  • "Consumer Product Safety Concerns for Retailers – The 'New' Consumer Product Safety Commission Database and Its Implications," International Council of Shopping Centers U.S. Shopping Center Law Conference, Phoenix, Arizona (October 2011)
  • "Commercial Leases," Ohio State Bar Association, Cleveland, Ohio (April 2011)
  • "Leasing: Comparing and Contrasting Practices-When to Use Certain Concepts, and When Not To!", 32nd Annual Real Estate Law Institute, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Cleveland, Ohio (October 2010)
  • "It’s Not Easy Being Green," Northeast Ohio Association of Corporate Counsel-America (NEO ACCA), Cleveland, Ohio (June 2010)
  • "Commercial Real Estate Crisis," Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), Cleveland, Ohio (May 2010)
  • "Commercial Leases," Ohio State Bar Association, Columbus, Ohio and Cleveland, Ohio (May 2010)
  • "Money for Nothing – Generating Value from Unused Property," 31st Annual Real Estate Law Institute, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Cleveland, Ohio (October 2009)
  • "Contract Basics and Real Estate Challenges," Reach Out Legal Education for Volunteer Attorneys and Nonprofit Organizations, Northeast Ohio Association of Corporate Counsel-America (NEO ACCA), Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Cleveland, Ohio (August 2009)
  • "Commercial Real Estate Law – Commercial Leases," Ohio State Bar Association, Columbus, Ohio and Cleveland, Ohio (August 2009)
  • "Texas Tea or Woe is Me? Understanding Oil and Gas," Moderator, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Cleveland, Ohio (June 2008)
  • "Alternative Forms of Security in Retail Leases," International Council of Shopping Centers U.S. Shopping Center Law Conference, San Diego, California (January 2008)
  • "The Subprime Crisis – What Now for Residential and Commercial Lending and Foreclosures?", Moderator, 29th Annual Real Estate Law Institute, Cleveland Bar Association, Cleveland, Ohio (November 2007)
  • Law & Risk Management (12-week course), Instructor, BOMI Institute International, Cleveland, Ohio (September-December 2007)
  • "The Life Cycle of a Mortgage Loan," Moderator, Cleveland Bar Association, Cleveland, Ohio (May 2007)
  • "Mixed Use: Sounds Good, But Does It Work?", International Council of Shopping Centers 2007 Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and Michigan Retail Development & Law Symposium, Columbus, Ohio (March 2007)
  • "Alternate Forms of Security in Retail Leases," International Council of Shopping Centers U.S. Shopping Center Law Conference, Phoenix, Arizona (October 2005)
  • "Section 1031 Like-Kind Exchanges – Recent Developments and Current Issues," 27th Annual Real Estate Law Institute, Cleveland Bar Association, Cleveland, Ohio (October 2005)

Publications

honors

Awards & Professional Recognition

  • Chambers USA
    • Real Estate (Ohio) (2013, 2015-2017)
  • Member-to-Member Business Award, Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Network, Cleveland chapter (2014)
  • Ohio Super Lawyers® (2005-2017)
  • The Best Lawyers in America® (2018)
  • Who’s Who in Corporate Real Estate (2004-2015)

             

affiliations
in the community

Civic & Professional Involvement

  • International Council of Shopping Centers
  • Building Owners and Managers Association
  • Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Network
  • American Bar Association
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
    • Real Estate Law Section, Past Chair
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association