Richard T. La Jeunesse
Richard practices in the areas of real estate, environmental, construction and international law. He has extensive experience counseling clients and lecturing about real estate, acquisitions, developments and construction projects, including international transactions. Richard is also involved in real estate issues concerning commercial leasing, tax appeals, real property tax valuations, reduction strategies, IRS Section 1031 tax-free real estate exchanges, real estate investment and economic development inducement issues, including tax abatements, tax-increment financing, community reinvestment areas, enterprise zones and other governmental inducements. Richard has been involved with environmental regulatory compliance and liability management strategies concerning air, water, and hazardous waste/substances. This has included environmental site assessment reviews, compliance/enforcement activities under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), and other statutory and regulatory frameworks. He has coordinated diverse real estate acquisitions and development projects, including medical office buildings, hospital and health care facilities, regional shopping malls, office park developments, strip shopping centers, international investments, residential subdivision and condominium developments, house purchases and sales, lease transactions for industrial, commercial, retail, agricultural, and residential property transactions. Richard chaired the firm’s Commercial Real Estate Industry Group for a number of years and is currently a member of the Firm's Executive Committee. He is also an Ohio State Bar Association Certified Specialist in Business, Commercial and Industrial Real Property Law.
Richard was awarded a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship Award and has been an active member of the Cincinnati Rotary Club. Richard has taken on multiple roles and earned recognition for his volunteerism, including the Heart in Hand Award presented to him by the Cincinnati Rotary Club and the 2006 John W. Warrington Community Service Award by the Cincinnati Bar Association. Richard has also been named an Ohio Super Lawyer from 2006-2014 and one of the Best Lawyers in Southwest Ohio from 2005-2014 for his work in Real Estate and Corporate law. Based on the grading and comments of his peers, Richard is recognized with an AV Rating, the highest rating given to lawyers by Martindale-Hubbell.
Richard was certified by the U.S. Green Building Council as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP). His accreditation, along with two other Graydon Head attorneys, makes Graydon Head the only law firm in Ohio with three LEED APs on staff.
1900 Fifth Third Center, 511 Walnut Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Xavier University, B.S., summa cum laude, 1975
- Alpha Sigma Nu
Université de Paris, Sorbonne, France, 1973-74
Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium, 1976-77
University of Michigan, M.A., 1977
University of Michigan, J.D., 1980
Alliance Francaise de Cincinnati
American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy and
Resources; Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law
Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA)
Cincinnati Bar Association, Environmental Law and Real Property
Cincinnati-Nancy (France) Sister Cities Association, Inc.,
Past President and Trustee
French American Business Alliance of Greater Cincinnati, Past
President and Board Director
International Council of Shopping Centers
Ohio State Bar Association
Polish American Society of Cincinnati
Rotary Club of Cincinnati, Director; Prior recipient of Rotary
International Ambassadorial Scholarship
Rotary Foundation of Cincinnati, Past-President and Director
University of Cincinnati College of Law, Institute for the Global
Practice of Law, Board of Advisors
Xavier University National Alumni Association, Past-Director
Cincinnati Chapter, Past-President
State of Ohio
Areas of Practice:
Acquisition - Disposition - Financing of Real Estate
Business Advocacy & Governmental Relations
Business Law & Transactions
Commercial Real Estate
Counsel to Real Estate Professionals
Development & Construction
Economic Development Incentives
Health, Education & Public Sector
Leasing - Property Management
Non-Profits & Tax Exempt Organizations
Private & Family Business
Property & Other Project Insurance
Retail, Office, Industrial & Residential Real Estate
Tax Savings, Valuations & Exchanges for Real Estate
Zoning, Administrative Law & Litigation Support for Real Estate Issues
Richard T. La Jeunesse
Richard La Jeunesse grew up in the house where his father was born, a modest two-story in River Rouge, an old-French community of Detroit, and later dubbed the “Heart of Industry” given its proximity to Henry Ford’s world-renowned Ford Rouge complex. He spent his youth on the same street as a Standard Oil tank farm, across from the Marblehead Lime Company, and close to Great Lakes Steel Company’s 80-inch wide hot-strip mill, which rolled steel into coils for cars. …What a great launching pad for someone who would one day head south, and become an Ohio State Bar Association Certified Specialist in Business, Commercial and Industrial Real Property Law!
The first of his family came to Detroit, then a part of “New France”, around 1749 from the village of Vif on the outskirts of Grenoble. His paternal grandparents on his father’s side spoke French as their first language; Polish was the operative language of his household on the maternal side. So Richard grew up in a linguistic “bouillabaisse” resulting in his study of several languages, as well as formative year-long educational scholarship and fellowship experiences in France and Belgium.
Richard explains that “La Jeunesse” in French means “youth”…so he claims that the older he gets, the younger he stays, which is a real forward-looking outlook to take on challenges in the evolving world of law, business and real estate.
“I feel like I’m living the American dream,” he says. He is gentle and thoughtful, with the patient nature of a gifted teacher. He enjoys public speaking and is interested in the broader aspects of American and international culture. His resume has always been peppered with various international and cross-cultural connections.
Richard has had many hobbies and interests over the years, but the one interest that he never grew out of was magical entertainment. It started in the first grade, when he received a Remco Magic Set for Christmas. He was an eighth grader when he did his first public performance for the local Rotary Club. He performed magical entertainment throughout high school, college and law school, at parties, schools, shopping centers and even on children’s television, finding that an attractive way to defray educational expenses.
He is a member of a professional association called the International Brotherhood of Magicians and continues to do charity magic shows, primarily for children and various fundraisers, such as the Rotary Club’s Holiday parties for disadvantaged children. It takes no coaxing whatsoever to get him to pull a sleight-of-hand trick from his pocket. He is a happy performer, almost radiant with joy.
As an attorney, his tack is to evaluate, take in a given situation in its totality, then work to develop a creative approach to whatever the issue may be. As with his magic, he likes to surprise.
“I’m not intimidated to think outside the box, to go where others wouldn’t normally go to get to where a client needs to be. I would say I’m known as one who is willing to hazard an unconventional approach to problem solving when I deem it appropriate. Not reckless, not foolish, but fully considered. I am inclined to look at original, alternative paths rather than taking a formulaic approach.”