Amelia A. Bower is a member of the firm’s Real Estate Litigation & Title Insurance Practice Group who maintains a multi-state practice in Ohio and Illinois.

Ms. Bower represents clients in the areas of title insurance litigation, underwriting and claims analysis, bank-related litigation, bankruptcy litigation, construction related litigation and appeals. Many of her appellate cases have resulted in published decisions.

Before joining Plunkett Cooney, Ms. Bower served the title insurance industry in many capacities, including as general counsel and underwriting counsel for a Cleveland-based agency. Prior to being licensed to practice law, Ms. Bower worked as a title officer, escrow officer and title examiner.

Ms. Bower has served as an expert witness in real estate and ethics matters, and she has the distinction of serving as co-editor for Baldwin’s Ohio Real Estate Law, which includes her chapters on Conveyancing, Dower and Oil and Gas leases.

Ms. Bower is a past chair of the Ohio State Bar Association Committee on Legal Ethics and Professionalism, as well as a past chair of the Cleveland Bar Association Certified Grievance Committee.

Representative Client Work

  • Litigation involving Ohio’s Transfer on Death Deed Statute as to the question of recording post-mortem
  • Litigation involving vested and inchoate dower in various courts within the state
  • Litigation in the northern and southern district bankruptcy courts in Ohio as to the execution of mortgages, necessity of witnesses, validity of acknowledgments and legal description questions and the defenses of Lis Pendens and earmarking. Lead counsel for Simon v. Chase Manhattan Bank (In re Zaptocky), 232 B.R. 76 and Trenish v. NorWest Bank Minnesota N.A. (In re Periandri), 266 B. R. 651.
  • Represented title agents and companies on the question of negligence of escrow and closing agents and title examiners
  • Represented title companies in coverage matters relating to title insurance policies
  • Represented title companies in defalcations of title agents
  • Testified as an expert in real estate and ethics matters

Professional Affiliations

  • Ohio State Bar Association (chair, Legal Ethics and Professional Conduct Committee)
  • Columbus Bar Association (member, Real Property Section)
  • Cleveland Bar Association (member and officer, Certified Grievance Committee; member, Joint Bar Admissions Committee and Appeals Subcommittee)
  • Ohio Land Title Association
  • American Bar Association
  • American Land Title Association
  • United States Supreme Court

Publications & Lectures

  • Phishing / Wire Fraud / Fraudulent Emails / Response Plans
  • Fiduciary Deeds Transfer on Death Affidavits
  • Real Property Law - Conveyancing
  • Avoiding Ethical Disputes
  • Impact of Bankruptcy on Real Estate and Title Insurance
  • Baldwin’s Ohio Real Estate Law, Contributing Writer (2003)
  • Advanced Principals of Title Insurance Law
  • Mastering Real Estate Title and Title Insurance in Ohio
  • Advanced Title Insurance Law in Ohio
  • Professional Liability Issues for Land Surveyors
  • Principles of Title Examining, Deeds and Conveyancing



  • Cleveland Marshall College of Law, J.D., 1984
  • Miami University, B.A., 1977


  • Ohio, 1984
  • Illinois, 2017
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 1985
  • United States Supreme Court, 1989
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio, 2001
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2017
  • United States Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2017


Honors & Recognitions

  • Best Lawyers' Columbus Real Estate Litigation "Lawyer of the Year," 2018 - 2019
  • Best Lawyers in America® for Real Estate Litigation (Copyright 2020 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC), 2012 - 2021
  • Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating-AV Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated



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