The managing partner of the firm's Columbus, Ohio office, David L. Van Slyke also serves as Co-leader of the firm's Real Estate Litigation & Title Insurance Practice Group. His practice focus includes general litigation, title insurance litigation and banking and finance law.

Mr. Van Slyke’s clients include insured owners and lenders under title insurance policies and title insurance companies in escrow defalcations, coverage matters and closing protection letters. He represents corporate clients in commercial litigation, including commercial loan workouts, easement and pipeline litigation, receiverships, defense of consumer litigation, disputes as to mortgage repurchase agreements, as well as clients involved in contract and residential real estate disputes.

Mr. Van Slyke’s representation of clients has involved all phases of pleading, discovery and motion practice, trial advocacy in various state courts and briefing and argumentation in several appellate districts. He is licensed to practice in both state and federal courts in Ohio.

Representative Client Work

  • Represents mortgage-brokers/originators in disputes relative to re-purchase agreements and secondary market litigation
  • Represents sellers and/or purchasers in disputes relative to the Ohio Residential Property Disclosure Form and Real Estate Purchase Contract
  • Represents loan servicers in FDCPA, RESPA, TILA and FCRA litigation
  • Represented national title insurance company in escrow defalcation involving commingling of funds and fraudulent loan disbursements
  • Regularly represents lenders in litigation involving lien priority disputes, mortgage/lien validity, enforceability of options to purchase/rights of first refusal and mortgage fraud
  • Regularly consults and represents title insurance companies on coverage and liability issues relative to escrow/closing agent duties
  • Regularly presents commercial lenders in foreclosure/loan workout and litigation involving receiverships
  • Regularly represents interested parties in easement and pipeline enforcement litigation

Professional Affiliations

  • Columbus Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Ohio Land Title Association
  • Indiana Land Title Association
  • Kentucky Land Title Association

Publications and Lectures

  • Since 2013, presents lectures on issues affecting real estate litigation to agents at several national and regional title insurance companies
  • Ohio Land Title Association, speaker, 2017 - 2022
  • Ohio State Bar Association, speaker, 2014 - 2017, 2021 - 2022
  • "Titles to Real Estate in Ohio (Case Law/Legislative Update)," Ohio State Bar Association, speaker, 2008-2015, 2018 - 2019
  • “Property Management Essentials: Teamwork & Evictions,” Ohio Association of Realtors, speaker, 2017
  • “Title Insurance Claims," Indiana Land Title Association, moderator, 2016
  • Legal Descriptions, Title Insurance and Surveys in Real Estate Transactions, National Business Institute, speaker, 2016
  • “Oil & Gas Issues in Indiana," Indiana Land Title Association, speaker, 2014
  • "Top Title Defects - Cured," National Business Institute, speaker, 2010-2011, 2014-2015
  • "Oil & Gas, Litigation Issues,” National Business Institute, speaker, 2014
  • "Resolving Complex Commercial Title Defects,' National Business Institute, speaker, 2013
  • “From Examination to Commitment” Workshop, National Business Institute, speaker, 2012
  • “Clearing Title to Distressed Real Estate,” Half Moon LLC, speaker, 2011-2012
  • “From Examination to Commitment” Workshop, National Business Institute, speaker, 2012
  • “Distressed Real Estate,” Half Moon LLC, speaker, 2011
  • "Residential Real Estate Basics (Liens on Real Property), National Business Institute, speaker, 2010
  • "Ohio Title Insurance (Current Issues in Title Claims), PESI Law, speaker, 2009
  • "Real Estate Law: Advanced Issues and Answers (Liens on Real Property), National Business Institute, speaker, 2009


  • “Baldwin’s Ohio Practice, Ohio Real Estate Law,” Kuehnle & Levey, (3d ed. West, 2003), Contributing Editor, 2013-2023

Community Involvement

  • The Ohio State University LifeSports, Member, Advisory Board,  2016 - 2023
  • Worthington Kilbourne High School Mock Trial Team (Assistant Coach, 2010-2014)
  • Worthington Youth Boosters, Coach


  • Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honorary
  • Phi Alpha Theta History Honorary



  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, magna cum laude, J.D., 2004
  • Baldwin-Wallace College, magna cum laude, B.A., 2001


  • Ohio, 2004
  • Kentucky, 2015
  • Michigan, 2018
  • West Virginia, 2019
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 2004
  • U.S. Federal Court for the Northern District of Ohio, 2004
  • U.S. Federal Court for the Southern District of Ohio, 2005
  • U.S. Federal Court for the Western District of Kentucky, 2019
  • U.S. Federal Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, 2019
  • U.S. Federal Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, 2019


Honors & Recognitions

  • Ohio Super Lawyer Rising Star in Banking; Ohio Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters publication; 2015 - 2017
  • Cleveland State Law Review, Managing Editor