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Robyn MinterSmyers


Robyn MinterSmyers

  • Negotiating a hotel management agreement for convention center hotel.
  • Advising a nonprofit developer on real estate and utilities matters in connection with the redevelopment of Cleveland’s Public Square.
  • Representing a municipality in connection with a mixed use development district, including the negotiation of a purchase and development and use agreement with a private developer.
  • Advising a municipality in connection with the development of a community recreation center, including drafting of zoning ordinance revisions.
  • Representing an NYSE-listed real estate company in the ground-up development of a community shopping center, including negotiating site development agreements with multiple national retailers and drafting development agreements with a municipality regarding tax increment financing.
  • Selected to the Top 50: Cleveland Super Lawyers list, 2022
  • Selected to the Top 25: Women Cleveland Super Lawyers list, 2017, 2018, 2020, 2022
  • Selected for inclusion in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Real Estate, Ohio, 2015-2022
  • Listed in Savoy’s “Most Influential Black Lawyers,” 2015, 2018, 2022
  • Selected to the Ohio Super Lawyers list, Real Estate, 2013-2022
  • Selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America© for Real Estate Law, 2011-2022
  • Recipient of the American Jewish Committee Cleveland Richard H. Adler Community Leadership Award, 2021
  • Recipient of the Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Cleveland Chapter, National Philanthropy Day 2021
  • Listed in The Legal 500, Real Estate, 2014-2021
  • Named to the Lawyers of Color Power List, 2020
  • Selected to the Top 50: 2020 Women Ohio Super Lawyers list, 2017, 2018, 2020
  • Named to the Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America list, 2018
  • Honored as the Black Professional of the Year by the Black Professionals Association Charitable Foundation, 2018
  • Recognized as a Woman of Achievement by the YWCA of Greater Cleveland, 2016
  • Selected as an Acritas Star, a “client-nominated, stand-out lawyer”
  • Listed in “The Power 100 – Northeast Ohio’s Most Influential CEOs, Politicians & Civic Leaders,” Community Leader magazine
  • Received the Del de Windt Leadership Award for Civic Engagement, The First Tee of Cleveland, December 2015
  • Selected for Crain’s Cleveland Business’s “Women of Note,” 2015
  • Included in the Inside Business “Power 100 List” of the 100 individuals who most influence Northeast Ohio’s economy, 2014
  • Selected for Crain’s Cleveland Business’s “Who to Watch in Law,” 2014
  • Selected to the Ohio Rising Stars list, 2007, 2009
  • Honored with the Ohio Leadership Excellence Award from the National Diversity Council, 2013
  • Received a Woman of Professional Excellence Award from the YWCA of Greater Cleveland, 2006
  • Selected as a member of the Kaleidoscope Magazine 40/40 Club, Class of 2003

Professional Associations

  • American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL), member, 2013 to present
  • International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), member
  • ICSC Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan and Pennsylvania Retail Development & Law Symposium Planning Committee, member, 2007 to present; co-chair, 2012; lead co-chair, 2013
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, member

Community Activities

  • Case Western Reserve University President’s Commission on Student Success, member, 2020 to present
  • The Treu-Mart Fund, board member, 2020 to present
  • The Codrington Foundation, board member, 2016 to present
  • Cleveland Foundation, Strategic Planning Committee, 2020-2021; African-American Philanthropy Committee, 2012 to present
  • The Links Incorporated, Western Reserve (OH) Chapter, member, 2012 to present
  • City Club of Cleveland, board president, 2018-2021; board member, 2010 to present
  • The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio, board member, 2009 to present
  • KnowledgeWorks Foundation, board member, 2020-2022
  • Cleveland Heritage Medal Selection Committee, 2020-2021
  • Center for Population Dynamics, Cleveland State University, 2015-2019
  • The George Gund Foundation, board member, 2012-2017
  • Museum of Contemporary Art – Cleveland (MOCA), board member, 2010-2017
  • Leadership Cleveland, member, Class of 2016
  • The Sherwick Fund, board member, 2012-2015
  • Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University, member, Advisory Committee to Albert A. Levin Chair of Urban Studies, 2001-2011
  • Shaker Heights Economic Development Task Force (previously Economic Development Committee), citizen member, 2001-2011
  • Campaign for Issue 6 (Cuyahoga County Reform), co-chair, 2009
  • Cleveland Housing Network, Inc., secretary and board member, 2001-2006
  • Cleveland Bridge Builders, member, Class of 2003
  • Karamu House Inc., board member, 2001-2003


  • Yale University, J.D., 1997,

    Earl Warren/NAACP Legal Defense Fund Scholar

    Schell Center for International Human Rights Fellow, 1995

  • Harvard University, B.A., 1991,
    cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • Ohio