Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein




Zach Klein
Columbus City Attorney
77 North Front Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215
614-645-7385
[email protected]


City Attorney Press Releases


2021 Press Releases

7/22/21    City Obtains Court Orders Against Two More West Side Properties

7/1/21    City of Columbus Reaches Agreement with Downtown Greyhound Bus Station

6/17/21    Columbus City Attorney and Columbus Division of Police Announce Legal Action Filed Against Downtown Greyhound Bus Station

6/9/21    Columbus Special Prosecutor and Independent Investigator File Charges Against Columbus Division of Police Officers for Misconduct During 2020 Summer Protests

6/2/21    Columbus Boards Up West Side Condo Owned by Alleged Drug Dealer

5/18/21    Columbus City Attorney, Franklin County Commissioners, and Columbus State Community College to Announce Innovative Public Safety Program

5/17/21    *** MEDIA ADVISORY *** Columbus City Attorney, Franklin County Commissioners, and Columbus State Community College to Announce Innovative Public Safety Program

5/14/21    City of Columbus Reaches Agreement with Family of Andre’ Hill

5/11/21    City of Columbus Boards Up West Side Drug House

4/30/21    Columbus Secures Emergency Court Order to Board Up Dangerous Bar

4/26/21    John Glenn College of Public Affairs Releases Report Following Independent Review of Columbus Protests

4/9/21    City of Columbus Shuts Down South Side Drug House that Saw 18 Overdoses in Last Two Years

3/8/21    Federal Court Rules Trump Admin Undermined ACA, Strikes Down Four Trump-Era ACA Policies

3/2/21    Council Designates $100,000 for Residents Struggling to Address Needed Home Repairs

2/19/21    City Shuts Down Multiple Drug Houses Owned by Former ‘Pill-Mill’ Doctor

1/26/21    Columbus Shuts Down West Side Apartment Unit

1/21/21    Columbus Shuts Down ‘Barbershop by Day, Illegal After-Hours Club by Night’

1/15/21    University District Rooming House Becomes First Nuisance Property Boarded Up this Year

1/14/21    Columbus City Attorney and CareSource Partner on City’s Innovative Diversion Program for Nonviolent Offenders


2020 Press Releases

12/21/20    Columbus and Cincinnati Stop Collection of HB 6 Fees

12/21/20    Columbus and Cincinnati to Argue Against Collection of HB 6 Fees

12/18/20    Ohio Supreme Court Upholds Columbus’ Local Gun Ordinances

12/17/20    Columbus Signs On to Brief Urging the Regulation of “Ghost Guns”

12/8/20    Columbus City Attorney’s Office Secures Immediate Shutdown of Aftermath Nightclub

12/7/20    Klein Partners with U.S. Attorney and Franklin County Coroner on Fentanyl Awareness Campaign

12/7/20    Klein Highlights Columbus Innovative Program to Help Nonviolent Offenders in Washington Post Op-ed

11/17/20    HB6 Preliminary Injunction

11/9/20    Columbus and Dayton announced today they have filed a first-of-its kind lawsuit

10/27/20    Columbus and Cincinnati File Suit to Halt Payments of HB 6 Fees to Save Taxpayers Millions of Dollars

10/20/20    City Attorney Initiative More than Triples Number of Illegal Dumping Prosecutions

10/19/20    Grove City Couple Convicted of 20 Counts of Animal Cruelty

10/12/20    Columbus Surpasses Last Year’s Drug-Related Nuisance Abatement Filings

10/6/20    Columbus, Cincinnati Join Together to Demand Sufficient Training for School Officials Carrying Firearms on School Property

10/2/20    Columbus Shuts Down Business that Caused Hundreds of Calls for Service

10/2/20    Columbus City Attorney’s Office Provides Support to Domestic Violence Victims Despite Federal Cuts to Programming

9/16/20    City of Columbus Boards Up South Side Drug House Connected to Multiple Shootings

9/08/20    City of Columbus, County of Santa Clara and Public Rights Project Lead Nationwide Coalition Opposing the Trump Administration’s Assault on the U.S. Postal Service

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9/4/20    Using Civil Litigation to Combat Crime, City Attorney Targets Two More Drug Houses

9/3/20    Columbus City Attorney Leads Push for More Ballot Drop Boxes

9/1/20    Columbus City Attorney Joins Fight Against Trump Administration’s Attempts to Reduce Census Efforts

8/27/20    City Attorney Secures Court Order Against Negligent Landlord

8/12/20    City Attorney Secures Court Orders to Shut Down Two Drug Houses and Illegal After-Hours Club

8/6/20    City Attorney Expands Efforts to Address Non-Violent Defendants’ Health, Basic Needs Over Jail Time

7/24/20    Columbus Joins Lawsuit Against Trump for Administration’s Latest Attempt to Thwart Census

7/22/20    City Leaders Outline Independent Review of Columbus’ Protest Response

7/22/20    City Leaders to Outline Independent Review of Columbus’ Protest Response

7/16/20    City Makes Permanent Initiative to Cut Down on Unnecessary Arrests

7/13/20    Columbus Joins Brief Defending International Students from Deportation

7/8/20    City defends local gun ordinances in front of Ohio Supreme Court

7/6/20    City of Columbus Shuts Down West Side Drug House

6/30/20    City Attorney Klein Applauds Passage of Drug Sentencing Bill

6/25/20    City Attorney Klein Urges Action on State Drug Sentencing Bill

6/4/20    City Attorney Klein, Community Leaders Announce Commitment and Recommendations for Reforms

6/3/20    City Attorney Klein, Columbus Community Leaders to Announce Reform Recommendations

6/2/20    City Attorney Klein Outlines Process for Reviewing Columbus Protest Arrests

5/31/20    In the Wake of Columbus Protests, City Attorney Klein Calls for Swift Reforms

5/26/20    Amid Pandemic, Columbus City Attorney Still Battling Drug Epidemic

5/18/20    City Attorney Klein Issues Statement on Columbus' Approach to Dine Safe Ohio Order

5/13/20    Columbus Joins Communities Across US in Support of Affordable Care Act

4/23/20    City Attorney Klein Joins Global Business Leaders for Conversation about Domestic Violence and Coronavirus

4/20/20    City Attorney Zach Klein Announces Texting Service for Domestic Violence Victims

4/15/20    Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein Recommends Crack Down on Large Gatherings

4/11/20    Columbus Case Against Trump Administration’s Sabotage of the Affordable Care Act Moves Forward

4/8/20    Columbus Signs on to U.S. Supreme Court Brief Defending Birth Control Access

4/1/20    City Attorney Zach Klein Warns of Serious Consequences for Faking COVID-19 Symptoms to Avoid Citation or Arrest

3/30/20    City Attorney Zach Klein Offers Resources, Hope for Victims Amid Spike in Domestic Violence Homicides

3/24/20    City of Columbus Temporarily Suspends Collection Activity on City Debt

3/15/20    Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein Responds to Municipal Court’s Decision to Limit Operations Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

2/7/20    City of Columbus Shuts Down Three Drug Houses in Three Days; Whitehall Police Assist on Two

1/31/20    Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein Helping Launch Tax Time ‘Super Saturday’ Event

1/22/20    City of Columbus Shuts Down Second Drug House in Two Weeks (and Fifth in Two Years) on Same West Side Street

1/8/20    City of Columbus Shuts Down First Drug House of the New Year


2019 Press Releases

12/19/19    Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein Comments on Affordable Care Act Court Ruling

12/9/19    Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein Asks Board to Deny Parole to Man Sentenced to 28-100 Years for Attempting to Kill Four Police Officers

11/21/19    Columbus Police, Franklin County Sheriff, City Attorney Combine to Shut Down Dangerous Drug House

11/15/19    Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein Named Finalist in National Ideas Challenge

11/1/19    City Attorney, United Way Announce Unique Partnership to Increase Earned Income Tax Credit Opportunities

10/29/19    Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein Formally Launches Intimate Partner Homicide Prevention Project

10/14/19    Lingerie Store Doubling as Strip Club Busted by the City

10/10/19    State Agents Help City of Columbus Shut Down ‘Sports Bar by Day/Illegal After-Hours Club by Night’

10/9/19    City of Columbus Shuts Down Linden Drug Den

9/18/19    Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein Issues Statement on Decision to Prosecute Detective Accused of Dereliction of Duty

9/12/19    Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein Leads Cities’ Opposition to Trump Administration’s Medical Care Refusal Rule

9/6/19    City of Columbus Shuts Down Violent East Side After-Hours Club

9/4/19    City of Columbus Shuts Down West Side Property with ‘Revolving Door’ of Drug Dealers

8/29/19    Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein Issues Statement on Attorney General Yost’s ‘Blatant Power Grab’ to Take Over Opioid Lawsuits

8/20/19    Columbus City Attorney Announces Groundbreaking Program to Address Underlying Causes of Crime and Recidivism

8/7/19    Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein Issues Policy Dismissing Misdemeanor Marijuana Charges

8/1/19    City of Columbus Announces Victory in Preserving Gun Safety Laws

7/10/19    Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein Offering Latest in Series of Free Community Legal Clinics

7/10/19    City of Columbus Shuts Down Two East Side Drug Houses

7/3/19    Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein Comments on Trump’s Decision to Back Down on Census Citizenship Question

6/27/19    Columbus City Attorney Secures Conviction in Daycare Child Endangering Case

6/26/19    Columbus Man Sentenced to Jail in Ethnic Intimidation Case

6/19/19    D.E.A. Investigations Help Columbus Shut Down Franklinton ‘Drug Distribution Center’ and Hilltop Drug House

6/13/19    City of Columbus Wins Competitive Grant to Prevent Intimate Partner Homicides

6/10/19    U.S. House of Representatives, 20 States, 13 Municipalities, Advocacy Groups, and Experts File Briefs in Support of City of Columbus v. Trump to Stop Unlawful Sabotage of Affordable Care Act

6/5/19    Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein Announces New Bail Reform Initiative

5/31/19    City Attorney, Sheriff Team Up to Shut Down Illegal Massage Parlor Near Worthington

5/30/19    Columbus Shuts Down Two More Drug Houses—with One Known to Be ‘Open for Business’ All Day and All Night

5/28/19    Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein, U.S. Attorney Benjamin Glassman Announce New Local/Federal Initiative to Target Dangerous Domestic Abusers

5/15/19    In a First for Columbus, City Strikes Down Three Drug Houses in One Day

4/23/19    Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein Announces Latest in Series of Free Community Legal Clinics

4/16/19    ‘Stooges’ Returns, Antics Ensue - Infamous bar shut down in 2017 began operating again as illegal after-hours club, immediately increasing crime

4/11/19    Infamous Slumlord Back in Jail Following Latest Conviction

4/10/19    City of Columbus Doubles Down Again, Boarding Up Two More Drug Houses

4/4/19    Columbus Cracks Down on Crack Houses, Shutting Down Two in One Day

4/3/19    Columbus City Attorney, Franklin County Sheriff Team Up to Shut Down Illegal Massage Parlor

3/19/19    City of Columbus Sues Ohio to Stop Controversial New Gun Rules from Going into Effect

3/14/19    City of Columbus Shuts Down Violent After-Hours Club in Arlington Park

3/12/19    Columbus City Attorney Dismissing Pending Cases Charged By Officer Andrew Mitchell

3/11/19    Columbus City Attorney Secures Conviction in High Profile Ethnic Intimidation Case

2/28/19    City of Columbus Shutting Down Drug Operation’s West Side Headquarters

2/25/19    Columbus Wins Sweeping Victory Against State of Ohio in Environmental Lawsuit

2/14/19    Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein Warns of the Prevalence, Dangers of Stalking

2/13/19    Columbus Division of Police and City Attorney Zach Klein Partner to Round-up Domestic Violence Abusers

2/12/19    Columbus City Attorney Advances Victim Advocacy Services with New Trauma-Informed Care Approach

1/31/19    North Linden Property Becomes First Drug House Targeted for Board-Up in 2019

1/29/19    Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein Reacts to Sentencing of Chiropractor Ryan Smith

1/25/19    Coalition of Cities Led by Columbus Amends Lawsuit in Fight Against Trump’s Unlawful Sabotage of the Affordable Care Act

1/24/19    Columbus City Attorney Sues Owner of Historic Franklinton Building

1/15/19    Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein Welcomes Latest Court Victory Against Trump Administration

1/8/19    Columbus City Attorney’s Year-End Review Reveals Priorities for 2019


2018 Press Releases

12/28/18    Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein Announces Dismissal of Crew Lawsuit

12/18/18    Columbus Officials Announce Settlement of Largest Public Nuisance Lawsuit in City’s History

12/14/18    City of Columbus Shuts Down West Side ‘Meth Mart’

11/15/18    City Attorney Looking to Shut Down Two Clintonville Drug Houses (and an RV)

10/17/18    West Side Story: City Attorney Shuts Down Another Drug House

10/15/18    City of Columbus Shuts Down Fifth Crime-Plagued Carryout This Year

10/10/18    Columbus City Attorney Secures Three Federal Grants to Expand Fight Against Opioid Epidemic

10/2/18    One Year After Las Vegas Mass Shooting, Columbus City Attorney Appeals Bump Stock Ruling

10/1/18    City Attorney Secures Emergency Order to Board Up West Side Drug ‘Fortress’

9/28/18    Columbus City Attorney Announces Support in Legal Defense of Wage Equity for Women, Minorities

9/24/18    Columbus City Attorney Announces Series of Free Community Legal Clinics

9/19/18    Columbus City Attorney Files Largest Public Nuisance Lawsuit in City’s History

9/13/18    Columbus City Attorney Goes to Court to Shut Two Drug Houses in Two Days

9/13/18    Columbus City Attorney Leads Nationwide Coalition Challenging Federal Government’s Restrictions on Reproductive Health Care Funding

8/24/18    Columbus City Attorney Klein Issues Response to President’s Visit to Children’s Hospital

8/14/18    Columbus City Attorney Files Appeal of Court’s Bump Stock Decision

8/9/18    City of Columbus Secures Emergency Order to Board Up West Side Apartment Building

8/2/18    Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein Sues Trump Administration for Sabotaging the Affordable Care Act

8/1/18    Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein Announces Lawsuit Against Trump Administration

8/1/18    Columbus City Attorney Leads Nationwide Effort By Municipalities to Support Planned Parenthood’s Lawsuit to Protect Title X Funding

7/27/18    Judge Allows U.S. Census Lawsuit to Move Forward

7/24/18    Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein Advocates Against Parole for Defendant Who Shot Officer

7/18/18    Columbus City Attorney Releases Legal Review of ‘Community Defense Act’

7/18/18    Charges Dropped Against Brittany Walters and Miranda Panda

7/16/18    City of Columbus to Provide Free Drug Disposal Bags to Public through Police and Fire

7/13/18    Columbus City Attorney Wins Major Ruling to Keep Guns Away From Violent Criminals

7/13/18    City of Columbus Secures Court Order to Shut Down Short North Carryout

7/5/18    Columbus’ Hotel/Motel Permit Ordinance Leads to ‘Win-Win’ for Community, Operator

7/2/18    Columbus City Attorney Files Legal Brief in Response to Gun Lawsuit

6/29/18    Everytown for Gun Safety Joins Columbus City Attorney in Legal Defense of Gun Reforms - Will Serve as Co-Counsel in Litigation to Protect Recent Regulations

6/21/18    10th District Court of Appeals rules in City’s favor to send Columbus Crew case back to the trial court

6/20/18    City Attorney Klein Offers Support and Help to End Trump Administration Policy of Separating Children and Families

6/13/18    City Attorney Sues Repeat Offender Considered One of Columbus’ Worst Code Violators

6/12/18    City Attorney Klein Commends Sens. Portman, Brown for Empaneling Bipartisan Judicial Commission

6/5/18    City of Columbus Shuts Down North Linden Property that Was Scene of Cocaine and Heroin Trafficking, Drug Overdoses, Prostitution and Violence Against Women

5/8/18    Columbus City Attorney Files Motion to Preserve Evidence Days Before ECOT Computers Are Sold

5/1/18    City of Columbus Joins U.S. Census Lawsuit Against Trump Administration

4/27/18    In Landmark Case, City of Columbus Uses Nuisance Abatement Code to Shut Down Alleged Human Trafficking OperationPrivacy

4/26/18    Columbus City Attorney Releases Memo on Body Worn Cameras and Medical Treatment Privacy

4/12/18    City of Columbus Files Additional Charges Against Disgraced Chiropractor

4/12/18    Joint Investigation with Dublin Police Leads to Emergency Board-Up of ‘Cocaine Condo’

4/10/18    City of Columbus Shuts Down Third Crime-Plagued Carryout this Year

4/9/18    Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein Takes Action in Lawsuit to Keep The Crew in Columbus

3/28/18    City of Columbus Shuts Down Linden Drug House Used to Drop off ‘Lifeless’ Bodies of Overdose Victims

3/22/18    Columbus City Attorney Approves Charges Against Unlicensed Contractor

3/20/18    Columbus City Attorney Teams Up with Bricker & Eckler to #SaveTheCrew

3/9/18    City of Columbus Shuts Down Troubled Carryout in King-Lincoln Bronzeville Neighborhood

3/2/18    City Attorney Shuts Down Fourth West Side Drug House this Year

2/27/18    City of Columbus Shuts Down Troubled Linden Carryout

2/12/18    City of Columbus Shuts Down Linden Drug House that Doubled as Fugitive Hideout

2/9/18    City Attorney and The Ohio State University College of Public Health Convene Meeting to Address Opioid Epidemic at Colleges and Universities

2/1/18    Columbus Joins Legal Effort to Protect Workers’ Collective Bargaining Rights

1/31/18    Columbus, Franklin County Partners with Nationwide and OhioHealth to Convene Businesses to Address Opioid Epidemic

1/29/18    City Attorney’s Office Reaches Agreement to Demolish West Side Drug House

1/25/18    City Secures Second Drug House Emergency Board-Up in Past Two Days

1/24/18    City Shuts Down West Side Drug House Called a ‘Stark Danger’ to the Community and Police Officers


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