(513) 671-6333
11800 Conrey Road, Suite 200
Cincinnati, Ohio 45249
Your Legal Team In Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky 

About The Matre Law Group

The Legal Analysis You Need

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 no less.

Our Staff

James Matre

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 associations. 

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:
First Lieutenant, Military Intelligence, South Vietnam
Magistrate, Fairfield Municipal Court
Served as a Trustee of the Lane Public Library, Hamilton, Ohio.
Past President of the Ohio Valley Chapter of the Community Associations Institute and currently on the Board.
Past Chairman 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

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. 

Amber Reams

Amber 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. 

Amber's 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. 

Amber 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 Barnett

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.

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