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General Counsel:

Emery Oleochemicals LLC
​Cincinnati, Ohio
Telephone: 513.762.2935

Private Practice:

The Law Office of Gary E. Powell 
Telephone: 513.608.6225 
October 2007 – present

Since joining Emery Oleochemicals as full-time General Counsel in March 2011, I have limited my private practice to representing Anderson Township in all of its land use and zoning matters. 

Prior Experience:

Manley Burke, L.P.A.
Cincinnati, Ohio
December 1986 – October 2007

At Manley Burke, I was a principal/owner from 1993 and was involved in many types of complex litigation, focusing generally on land use, zoning, and development matters.


Adjunct Assistant Professor, Planning Law and Administration
  College of Design, Architecture, Art & Planning
  University of Cincinnati, 2006 – 2011 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Business Law
  McMicken College of Arts and Sciences and Evening College
  University of Cincinnati, 1986 – 2006 


University of Cincinnati, Juris Doctor, May 1984
University of Cincinnati, Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, Magna Cum Laude, 1981


Appointed Member, Cincinnati Bar Association Grievance Committee, May 2012 - present
Member, Cincinnati Bar Association Health and Well Being Committee, 2013 - present
Board Member, Hamilton County Mental Health & Recovery Services Board, 2006 - present
Board Member, Hamilton County Community Mental Health Board, 2005 - 2006
Board Member, Ohio Chapter, American Planning Association, 2004 - 2011
President, Cincinnati Bar Foundation, 1998 - 2000
Treasurer, Cincinnati Bar Foundation, 1996 - 1998
Trustee, Cincinnati Bar Foundation, 1994 - 2000
Chair, Cincinnati Bar Association, Local Government Law Committee, 2010 - 2011
Vice Chair, Cincinnati Bar Association, Local Government Law Committee, 2008 - 2010 
Trustee, Cincinnati Bar Association, 1993 - 1995
Chair, Cincinnati Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, 1994 1995
Executive Committee, Cincinnati Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, 1988 1995
Instructor, State Fire School, May 1994
Event Chair, Gold Star ChiliFest, 1992, 1993
Executive Board, University of Cincinnati Young Alumni Association, 1990 1993
Project Coordinator, 1986 Cincinnati Zoo Levy Campaign


Association of Corporate Counsel
Cincinnati Bar Association
Cincinnati Academy of Leadership for Lawyers (CALL), Class I, Fellow
Ohio State Bar Association
Ohio State Bar Foundation, Fellow, 2014 Class
American Bar Foundation, Life Fellow


Martindale-Hubbell – AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated, 1996 - present
Ohio Super Lawyer – selected through peer review process by Law & Politics Magazine, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
Best Lawyers in America – 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 
Best Lawyers' 2013 Cincinnati - Land Use & Zoning Litigation "Lawyer of the Year"


Associate Editor and Contributor, Fraternal Law, 1988-2007
A quarterly publication that deals with the legal issues faced by fraternities and sororities and their host institutions.  


Cincinnati Bar Association’s Real Property Law Institute, December 2012 
Topic: “Snapshot of Zoning Law”

Hamilton County Regional Planning Commission, January 2010 (Blue Ash, Ohio), March 2011 (Silverton, Ohio), and April 2012 (Wyoming, Ohio)
The Certified Planning and Zoning Commissioners’ Program
Topic: “Legal and Historic Framework for Planning and Zoning Commissions”

NALS, the Association for Legal Professionals, National Conference Presentation, October 2011 (Cincinnati, Ohio) 
Topic: “Zoning and Development – What the Future Holds”

Cincinnati Bar Association, Local Government Committee, May 2009 (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Topic: “Zoning Law Update”

Practical Guide to Zoning and Land Use Law, March 2009 (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Topics: “Constitutional Limitations on Zoning Actions” and “Adoption and Amendment of Zoning Ordinance and Map”

University of Cincinnati Athletic Department (Staff and Coaches), April 2008 
Topic: “Athletic Hazing”

Ohio Planning Conference Annual Seminar, September 2007 (Columbus, Ohio)
Topic: “New Trends in Land Use Regulations”

Ohio Kentucky Indiana Regional Planning Conference, October 2006 (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Topics: “Updating Your Zoning Code” and “When Meetings and the Public Collide”

Land Development in Ohio, June 2006 (Columbus, Ohio)
Topic: “Eminent Domain/Inverse Condemnation”

Bettman Symposium, American Planning Association, National Conference
April 2006 (San Antonio, Texas)
Topic: “Eminent Domain: Norwood, Ohio”

Zoning and Land Use in Ohio, November 2005 (Dayton, Ohio)
Topic: “Takings Law”

Michigan Assoc. of Planning 2005 Annual Conference, Sept. 2005 (Mackinac Island)
Topic: “Hot Topic! Eminent Domain” – General Session

Current Issues in Local Government Law, Cincinnati Bar Association, May 2005
Topic: “Public Good vs. Public Use – The Eminent Domain Debate”

American Planning Association, Regional Conference, October 2004 (Indianapolis)
Topic: “Economic Development and Eminent Domain”

Ohio City/County Management Ass’n Winter Conference, Jan. 2004 (Worthington, Ohio)
Topic: “The Role of Community Authorities in Growth Management Plans”

2003 Miami Valley Planning and Zoning Workshop, September 2003 (Dayton, Ohio)
Topic: “Legal Do’s and Don’ts in the Land Use Planning Process”

11th Annual Bradley J. Schaeffer Real Property Institute: Law of Zoning and Land Use Regulation, Ohio State Bar Association, February 2003 (Columbus, Ohio)
Topic: “Constitutional Issues after Shemo, Palazzolo and Lake Tahoe” 

Zoning and Land Use Law in Ohio, January 2003 (Dayton, Ohio)
Topics: “Moratoria: Are They Temporary Takings?” and “Administrative Processes and Procedures and Exhaustion of Administrative Remedies” 

National Interfraternity Conference, November 2001 (Washington D.C.)
Topic: “Hazing: The Liability is Real”

Sigma Chi International Fraternity, August 1995 (Bismarck, North Dakota), August 1994 (London, Ontario, Canada), August 1993 (Columbus, Ohio)
Topics: “House Corporations” and “Risk Management for Actives”

International Right-of-Way Regional Conference, Mock Trial Attorney, April 1993 (Louisville, Kentucky)

Alpha Delta Phi National Fraternity, Midwest Regional Conference, February 1993
(Ann Arbor, Michigan)

Fraternal Law Conference (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Topics included: Hazing Liability-National Trends (2001), Issues in Hazing Liability (1998), How Can We Stop Hazing? (1995), Neighborhood Relations (1992), Hazing Defense (1991), Party Planning: What Can Be Done To Reduce Liability (1988)

University of Cincinnati, Interfraternity Conference (IFC)
Orientation for Justices of IFC Judicial Board – 1992 – 1996

University of Cincinnati Student Organizations & Activities Office
Risk Management Workshops, 1987 - 2002

National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, Regional Conference,
Liability Workshop, April 1992 (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Kutztown State University, Risk Management Workshop, February 1991 (Kutztown, Pennsylvania)

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