11800 Conrey Road, Suite
Cincinnati, Ohio 45249
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The Matre Law Group
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The Matre Law Group is a general practice
law firm with a concentration in real estate and small business
matters. As your legal counsel, we become part of your team,
providing the legal component to your business decisions; analyzing
the strengths and weaknesses of any proposed action. Knowledge
of your business or personal objective is crucial; therefore
we make it our business to become as knowledgeable as necessary
so we can bring you ideas consistent with your plan, ideals,
and principles. Today’s legal representation demands
James is an owner/principal of The Matre Law Group, Co., LPA. He
is licensed to practice in Ohio and Kentucky. James is a member
of the Ohio State Bar Association, including the Board of Governors
for the Real Property Section, the Kentucky Bar Association, the
Ohio Land Title Association, the Southwestern Ohio Land Title Association
and the Community Associations Institute. Throughout his law career,
he has concentrated his practice in real estate, zoning, real estate
development and community association law.
James began practicing law in the 1970s, and he's been a title
agent since the 1980s. He began his career working for the
U.S. Department of Urban Development in the 1970s as a Rehabilitation
Loan Processor in Columbus, Ohio. He has also worked for the City
of Cincinnati, Urban Development Department, during the 1970s,
working with city staff and outside consultants on the development
and implementation of a city-wide housing survey. Before opening
his own practice, James has also served as Vice President and Legal
Counsel for a land developer where he was responsible for general
office and financial management of the company. During his
time in that role, he had direct involvement in land research,
acquisition and contract negotiation. He developed innovative programs
for lot sales to builders and negotiated lot contracts with builders.
Furthermore, he interacted with city planning, zoning and administrative
personnel for project zone changes and other project needs, worked
with lenders and lender's counsel to negotiate loan commitments
and lending documents and acted as developer liaison to homeowner
Some of James's other experience includes coordinating major
zone changes from large single family lots to multiple section
planned unit developments with varied densities, ranging from large
estate lots to multi-family developments. He has developed and
designed project pro formas to be submitted with loan applications
which has resulted in successful financing of large scale planned
unit development. Furthermore, he designed developed and
drafted documentation for the homeowner's association regime for
large scale planned unit developments. James has also testified
as an expert witness on various subjects, including but not limited
to, title abstractor duties, condominium law, title agent duties
and property transfers by religious associations.
James has authored numerous publications and lectured on various
topics, has taught Business and Real Estate law at the University
of Cincinnati, Raymond Walters College, and served as an instructor
in continuing education classes for various legal, title, and real
estate associations. He previously served three years as
part of the faculty of the Community Association Law Seminar, sponsored
by the Community Associations Institute, and served as a Seminar
Coordinator for Condominiums, PUDs and Common Interest Developments
and also a co-presenter for Drafting Condominium Documents and
the Condo Law Update presented by the OSBA CLE Institute. James
continues to give lectures and seminars on real estate topics.
Other past experience of James includes:
Lieutenant, Military Intelligence, South Vietnam
Served as a Trustee of the Lane Public Library, Hamilton,
Past President of the Ohio Valley Chapter of the Community
Associations Institute and currently on the Board.
of the Joint Committee of the Cincinnati Bar Association and the
Cincinnati Board of Realtors.
Currently serving on the City of
Montgomery Planning Commission as Chairman.
Kerrie Matre graduated from Salmon P. Chase College of Law in
1997 and began practicing law in 1998, after a previous career
in various facets of the real estate business. She is also a licensed
title agent. Kerrie limits her practice to real estate litigation
and transactions, including: real estate contracts, real estate
title examination, title insurance, judicial reports, quiet title
actions, real estate acquisitions and sales, easements, real estate
foreclosure and foreclosure defense, community associations
law including condominium association law, condominium conversions,
homeowners association law, planned unit development law, real
estate collections for violations and monthly or special assessments,
construction issues, and contractor disputes. She also assists
clients in administrative hearings with the State of Ohio.
Kerrie has experience in leading seminars, roundtables and lectures
to groups, associations and the general public, as well as teaching
as an adjunct professor in the subjects of business and real estate
law at the University of Cincinnati. She has worked with
real estate agents and brokers at the Cincinnati Area Board of
Realtors and commercial real estate developers for commercial projects,
as well as working in management for condominiums.
Kerrie is also licensed to practice in the U.S. Federal Courts,
Southern District Court of Ohio. She is a member of the Ohio
State Bar Association, Ohio Land Title Association, Community Association
Institute and the Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors.
joined the firm in Fall of 2012. She is a native of Wapakoneta,
Ohio, a small town in northwest Ohio. After graduating
from Wapakoneta High School, Amber studied at Bowling Green State
University and graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She
earned her J.D. from the University of Dayton School of Law
and was licensed to practice in the State of Ohio in 2012.
focus is primarily on real estate litigation, dealing with
an array of real estate, property, contractor/construction and
community association issues as well as landlord/tenant issues. In
fulfilling the firm's philosophy and mission, her approach
is to handle client matters in the most effective and efficient
way possible and to work with all parties involved to come
to the best resolution.
is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, Cincinnati
Bar Association, Ohio Women's Bar Association and Community Associations
Institute. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time
with her husband as well as family and friends, reading,
attending Cincinnati Reds games, watching Ohio State football,
and visiting local Cincinnati attractions and events.
Carina has been a Certified Paralegal for the past 11 years.
She graduated from Xavier University in 2005. This is her second
time working for the Matre Law Group Co., LPA. She
first joined The Matre Law Group, Co., LPA in 2005 and again in
2014. She does a variety of tasks at
the office. Most of the time, she is the initial contact
when clients call the office, and she helps determine which
attorney will best fit a client's needs. She enjoys working
in the law field because she has the opportunity to learn new
things daily and meet new people.
Carina also does mediations with Beech Acres and through
her own company, Barnett Mediation, LLC. She feels very passionate
about mediation because not only does it help with the overload
on the courts dockets, it also gives some of the control back to
the parties when they are trying to come to a resolution.
In her free time she enjoys spending time with family, going
to movies, festivals, traveling to new places, photography,
and taking walks in the park.