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


2022 Press Releases

9/29/22    Eastland Mall Owners Held in Contempt of Court, Fined as City Continues to Pressure Owners to Improve Safety

9/15/22    City Attorney Klein Attends White House United We Stand Summit to Combat Senseless Violence in Communities Across the Country

9/9/22    City Moves to Hold Owners of Latitude Five25 Apartments in Contempt for Violating Court Order to Improve Living Conditions at East Side Complex

8/30/22    City Files Lawsuit to Help Improve Dangerous, Unsanitary Living Conditions for Hundreds of Residents at Southpark Apartments

8/23/22    City Takes Action against Hilltop Bar with Long History of Violent Crime, Drugs and Theft

8/17/22    City Takes Legal Action to Hold Owners of Shuttered Hotel and Indoor Water Park Accountable for Dangerous Conditions

8/3/22    Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein Says Kansas Vote Affirms Broad Support for Abortion Access Nationwide, Including in Ohio

8/2/22    City Shuts Down North Columbus Hotel Following Years of Unsafe Physical Conditions, Violent Crime and Drug Overdoses

7/13/22    City Shuts Down South Side Property Known for Drug Trafficking and Criminal Activity

7/7/22    Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein Says State Officials Continue to Skirt Responsibility for Failed Background Check System

6/27/22    Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein Announces Office’s Position on Prosecuting Abortion Cases following Supreme Court Decision

6/24/22    Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein Statement as Conservative Supreme Court Overturns Roe v Wade

6/14/22    Eastland Mall Declared a Public Nuisance as City Pushes to Hold Property Owners Accountable for Deteriorating Conditions

5/27/22    Statement on Behalf of Special Prosecutor Brad Nicodemus

5/27/22    City Attorney’s Office Takes Action to Crack Down on Hot Spots for Criminal Activity in North Columbus

5/18/22    City Shuts Down Bar for Illegal Operation without Liquor Permit and Multiple Reports of Violent Crime

5/3/22    Columbus Mayor, City Attorney and Police Chief Outline Plan to Crack Down on Illegal, Unsafe Use of Motor Bikes on City Streets

5/2/22    ***MEDIA ADVISORY*** Columbus Mayor, City Attorney and Police Chief to Outline Plan to Crack Down on Illegal, Unsafe Use of Motor Bikes on City Streets

4/29/22    COMMENT: City Attorney Klein comment on ACLU challenging "healthcare denial law"

4/26/22    City Shuts Down Fourth Hilltop Drug House This Year

4/20/22    Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein Files Lawsuit Challenging Ohio Law Protecting Those Who Deny Health Care for Reasons of Conscience

4/18/22    Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein Calls on Sen. Portman, Congress to Pass Critical Climate Legislation to Make Communities More Resilient to Extreme Weather Events

4/12/22    City Attorney Klein Announces Agreement to Hold Owners Accountable for Poor Living Conditions at the Ardmore Apartments

3/30/22    City Continues to Push Eastside Property Owners to Fix Up Eastland Mall Site

3/23/22    City Attorney Klein Applauds Judgement Holding Colonial Village Owners in Contempt, Accountable for Deplorable Living Conditions

3/10/22    Columbus Joins with National Criminal Justice Leaders to Urge Texas Court to Stop State from Targeting Transgender Kids and Their Parents

3/3/22    City Attorney Zach Klein: “Help is here” for Residents of Colonial Village

3/2/22    City Shuts Down Third Hilltop Drug House in Past Month

2/18/22    City Boards Up Third Drug House This Week

2/17/22    City Shuts Down East Side Drug House Located Near Local Elementary School

2/17/22    City Shuts Down East Linden Drug House

2/11/22    City Shuts Down North Linden Drug House

2/10/22    City Takes Action Against Two Dangerous West Side Drug Houses

2/9/22    City of Columbus Secures Preliminary Injunction against Latitude Five25 Apartments on East Side

1/13/22    Columbus City Attorney reflects on historic first term, looks ahead to next four years


2021 Press Releases

12/16/21    City Shuts Down Three More West Side Drug Houses

12/9/21    City Reaches Settlement Agreement with Plaintiffs in Alsaada v. Columbus

11/23/21    Landlord Agrees to City’s Request to Shut Down Hilltop Property Plagued by Drugs and Violence

11/17/21    The Association of Prosecuting Attorneys and The Yale Justice Collaboratory Select Columbus and Saint Paul City Attorney’s Offices to Continue Trust and Legitimacy Project

9/29/21    Columbus Shuts Down Franklinton Drug House

9/23/21    City Shuts Down East Side Property Where Drug Dealers Were So Busy, They Worked in ‘Shifts’

9/20/21    Columbus Leads Coalition of Cities and Counties Standing Against Mississippi’s Law to Ban Abortion After 15 Weeks of Pregnancy, a Direct Challenge to Roe v Wade

9/15/21    City Attorney Settles after Suing Owner of Gas Station Plagued by Drugs and Violence

8/31/21    Columbus City Attorney Files Two Motions to Expedite Change in Ownership and Management of Colonial Village Apartments

8/12/21    City of Columbus Joins Settlement Agreement in Lawsuit Against Major Opioid Distributors

8/3/21    City of Columbus Secures Order Declaring Colonial Village Apartments a Public Nuisance

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


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