Attorney Douglas Sawyer founded Sawyer Law, LLC. in 2013 in response to a rising demand for his legal services due to the stellar reputation that Sawyer has built as a housing policy attorney and government administrator.
Sawyer holds a dual degree from Cleveland State University (CSU), having graduated jointly from Cleveland Marshall College of Law with a J.D. and the Maxine Levin College of Urban Affairs with an M.A. in Environmental studies. He pursued his passion for housing policy and environmental law even as a law student, serving as a Graduate Research Assistant at CSU’s Center for Housing Research and as a Clinician for CSU’s Environmental Law Clinic.
Sawyer honed his knowledge of the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programming as well as the application of federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) funds, while serving as the Assistant Governmental Programs Administrator for Cuyahoga County.
In May 2010, he joined the Cuyahoga County Land Reutilization Corporation, commonly known as the Cuyahoga Land Bank, as Special Projects and Policy Counsel. In this role, Sawyer focuses his practice on addressing policy matters related to environmental practice, foreclosure reform, land reutilization practice and legislation on the local, state and federal levels. Notably, Sawyer co-authored and successfully advocated for the passage of Ohio Senate Bill 172. The legislation enacts a number of amendments to Senate Bill 353, which authorized the establishment of land banks. The amendments enhance the ability of the courts, boards of revision, land banks and other governmental agencies to remove and re-purpose blighted, vacant and abandoned properties more efficiently.
In his private practice, Sawyer applies the skills he’s developed over the course of his career to help land banks, nonprofits, community development corporations, local governments and elected officials, homeowner’s associations and planned communities tackle legal questions and advocate for legislative change.
He also helps real estate developers and real estate investors, homeowners, tenants and landlords navigate real estate law and small business owners, consultants and independent contractors both get and keep themselves operating legally and worry-free.
Sawyer is a member of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, the Ohio Bar Association and the Northeast Ohio Law Director’s Association.