Robert G. Friedman has literally grown up in the Cleveland Real Estate industry. Starting at a young age, Rob served in various positions in apartment management and development. In 1991, Rob earned his B.A. from The Ohio State University as well as his license to engage in Real Estate Business in Ohio. He earned his J.D. from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 1994.
In 1997, Mr. Friedman became a founding member of Powers, Friedman Linn, PLL, a firm dedicated to advocacy on behalf of Northeast Ohio’s multi family housing providers. He currently serves as co-managing principal of the firm. Rob’s primary areas of practice include Landlord-Tenant relations, Commercial/Real Estate litigation and Debt Collection litigation. He has regularly appeared as a featured speaker in the areas of Ohio Landlord-Tenant Law, Evictions and Residential Leasing.
Rob is a resident of Solon, Ohio and is a member of Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association and The Ohio State Bar Association.
Laurence PowersManaging Partner
After graduating from Cleveland Heights High School, Laurence Powers attended Miami University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Mr. Powers attended Cleveland Marshall College of Law, where he obtained a Juris Doctor degree. Laurence is licensed to practice law in Ohio, Florida, and the Federal Court Systems.
During law school and upon graduation, from 1985 through 1997, Mr. Powers worked at a well-regarded Cleveland law firm that specialized in significant medical malpractice and personal injury cases.
In 1997, Mr. Powers and Rob Friedman founded Powers Friedman Linn, PLL. At Powers Friedman Linn, Mr. Powers represents landlords in fair housing investigations and assists the firm’s clients with litigation management, including contract disputes, employment relations and premises liability claims.
Mr. Powers is a Lifetime Member and Honorary Trustee of the Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association and has served as the President of the Board of the Greater Cleveland Brain Injury Association.
Lisa S. FriedmanPartner
After graduating from Beachwood High School, Lisa S. Friedman attended The Ohio State University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication. Thereafter, Ms. Friedman attended the Cleveland Marshall College of Law, where she obtained a Juris Doctor degree. She is licensed to practice law in all Ohio Courts, including the Federal Court System.
During law school and after she passed the bar exam, she began working at a Cleveland law firm specializing in premises liability defense litigation.
In 2014, she joined Powers Friedman Linn, PLL. At Powers Friedman, she is continuing her litigation practice. Ms. Friedman represents landlords and assists the firm’s clients as well as continuing to litigate premises liability cases.
Thomas is a partner with the law firm Powers Friedman Linn, PLL, the largest representative of multifamily real estate management companies in the State of Ohio. Thomas concentrates his practice in the areas of real estate law, landlord-tenant law, creditor’s rights and collections.
Thomas has represented property owners and management companies throughout the State of Ohio in civil and criminal matters, including forcible entry and detainer claims, rent escrow cases, premises liability, and building and housing code violations. He also counsels property managers for HUD-subsidized multifamily properties and Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) properties.
Thomas has a B.A. from Ohio University, cum laude and a J.D. cum laude, from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. Thomas is admitted to practice in the State of Ohio and in the United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
Kyle RipmaAssociate Attorney
Kyle Ripma joined Powers Friedman Linn, PLL as an Associate Attorney in November of 2017. Prior to joining the firm, Kyle attended Otterbein University where he majored in Psychology and was a member of the Men’s Soccer Team. Kyle thereafter attended and graduated from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. While attending Cleveland-Marshall, Kyle was a law clerk in the Legal Office of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Ninth District and in Shaker Heights Municipal Court.
Rachel CohenAssociate Attorney
Rachel joined Powers Friedman Linn, PLL as an associate in December 2017. Prior to joining the firm, Rachel attended Miami University of Ohio where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and minor in business management and leadership. After college, Rachel attended and graduated from the Case Western Reserve University School of Law. Thereafter, Rachel was a judicial clerk at the Cleveland Municipal Housing Court. Currently, Rachel specializes in civil litigation representing owners and managers of real estate. Rachel has extensive courtroom experience at both the trial and appellate level.