Clement W. Pyles
YEARS OF PRACTICE:41 years
The truth is that I stumbled into law as a young man in college but loved the end result, especially my 20+ years in Legal Services, serving low income clients, including tenants and homeowners.
20+ years in Legal Services handling a wide variety of substantive issues, working on dozens of class actions, helping mentally ill/developmentally disabled clients, and advocating for low income tenants and homeowners in state and federal courts has given me a depth of experience. During my years in private practice I have managed to devise ways to help clients with limited incomes for a reasonable and affordable fee.
I spent 8 years as the managing attorney for the Housing Unit at the Legal Aid Society of Columbus. I developed an extensive knowledge of tenant-landlord law during that time and worked hard in that role to set up an institutionalized representation of tenants. I recognized that tenant representation was an unmet need in private practice as well, and I felt I could offer the benefit of my experience and service to those in need at an affordable fee.
I believe that the service I offer to tenants and low to moderate income homeowners is unusual, although I think it would be presumptuous to say it is unique. I would think it is also unusual for someone of my experience to offer services in this area.
I feel strongly that I work for my clients, no matter what their situation. It's up to me to provide them the best representation, to be the ideal lawyer for them. Still, the organized client is always nice.
I enjoy hiking with my wife, chess (although I don't play against anyone much anymore) and crossword puzzles. I like to read Discover magazine and science fiction novels. Family get togethers with my children, their significant others and our grandsons are always fun. I haven't done it for awhile, but occasionally I do some modest juggling. My wife and I like heading to the beach for a vacation, in particular the Outer Banks and Cape Cod.
I am a longstanding board member of the Columbus Coalition for the Homeless (CCH) and Community Mediation Services (CMS). CCH advocates for homeless persons, and CMS provides mediation and training services. Both are relatively small, but very important organizations. I am also on the local Salvation Army's Program Committee.
- Consumer and Lemon Law
- Contract Disputes
- Lawsuit Defense
- Libel Injury Defense
- Mold Issues
- Small Claims
- Building codes
- Federal Subsidized Housing Rights
- Foreclosure Defense
- Mold Issues
- Property Taxes
- Public Housing
- Section 8
The Ohio State University
Juris Doctor (JD), 1975
Ohio State Bar Association
Columbus Bar Association
I practiced public interest law for 27 years in nonprofit and government legal services programs. I am most proud of my years as the Legal Aid Housing Unit Managing Attorney. As well as providing representation to tenants and low-income homeowners, I believe I helped to mold a unit of attorneys who continued to provide quality and aggressive representation for many years despite turnover in staff, including my own eventual departure from the unit.
U.S. Southern District, 6th Circuit Ct of Appeals
U.S. Northern District, 6th Circuit Ct of Appeals
US Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
All Ohio Courts
Columbus Coalition for the Homeless
Community Mediation Services
Salvation Army Program Committee
I am current on all of my continuing legal education requirements. Additionally, I have given presentations for continuing education seminars on housing matters.
Ohio (1975), #0010509
Over the years I have been involved in numerous class actions and appeals, including several involving housing matters. My most notable housing case was probably Presidential Parks v. Colston, which helped to reestablish an acceptance of rent defense for Franklin County tenants, who paid rent after service of a three day notice to vacate.
I provide representation to individuals and small businesses for reasonable fees in housing and other cases.
I started my career in 1975 as a VISTA, which is essentially a domestic version of the Peace Corps. I worked as a staff attorney at the Ohio State Legal Services Association, a state support center for legal aid programs in Ohio, I handled various class action and law reform matters at OSLSA. I then worked for two years at the Legal Aid Society of Columbus again handling law reform matters, and then moved onto the Ohio Legal Rights Service as the Litigation Coordinator, where I supervised a staff of attorneys representing developmentally disabled and mentally ill clients around Ohio. Finally, I settled back into Columbus Legal Aid where I spent 20 years from 1982 through 2002, first as a staff attorney, but was promoted to a managing attonrey within nine months of my start date. I managed at various times, the Housing, Domestic and Seniors Unit, until I was promoted to Deputy Director, which was later transformed into a Litigation Director position. I supervised numerous attorneys, paralegals, law clerks, and support staff, and was involved in all phases of the operation of the office. In 2003, I left to pursue other options, finally settling on a housing practice. I am currently operating a home office and trying to provide affordable service to tenants, homeowners and others in need of affordable legal assistance.
I will initially discuss your case with you by phone in order to determine whether I can help you and to quote you a reasonable fee.
Retainer fees for many of my cases are $1000 or less.
I offer flat fees for evictions and other cases, depending on the facts of the particular case. $500.00 is a typical flat fee.
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