Wayne is a Director with the law firm of Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co., L.P.A. (KWGD) and practices in the areas of Real Estate, Zoning and Land Use, Oil, Gas & Mineral Law, and Municipal Law. As part of his real estate practice, Wayne negotiates all documents related to real estate transactions (deeds, leases, purchase agreements, mortgages, etc.) and is constantly reviewing zoning and land use codes related to various real estate matters. Wayne is also the acting law director of the City of North Canton, where he assists the City with all matters related to the operations of the City. Prior to joining KWGD, Wayne worked as a project manager and in-house counsel with an oil and gas firm overseeing projects in the Appalachian Land Basin.
Wayne was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, where he attended The Ohio State University and graduated with a B.A. in criminology in 2007. He then moved to Northeast Ohio to attend the University of Akron School of Law, where he graduated magna cum laude with a Juris Doctorate in 2011.
Wayne is a proud resident of the City of North Canton, Ohio, where he lives with his wife Jessica and three daughters. Wayne is a member of the Stark County Bar Association Grievance Committee, which strives to ensure the ongoing ethical excellence of the legal profession. Wayne is an active member of the North Canton community, is a member of the Board of Directors of the Stark County YMCA and the Friends of the Children’s Network and is the music director of Open Door Baptist Church.
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Click on the link below for the Utica Shale & Pipeline November 2020 Edition Utica Shale & Pipeline Newsletter November 2020Read More
On June 28, 2019, the Fifth District Court of Appeals issued a decision in Gerrity v. Chervenak, 2019-Ohio-2687, concerning the requirements for a reasonable search for heirs of mineral holders prior to serving notice by publication under Ohio’s Dormant Mineral Act. In Gerrity, T. D. Farwell originally reserved oil and gas […]Read More
BLACKSTONE V. MOORE – OHIO SUPREME COURT HOLDS THAT REFERENCE TO MINERAL INTEREST CONTAINING TYPE OF INTEREST AND NAME OF RESERVING PARTY IS SUFFICIENT TO PRESERVE UNDER MARKETABLE TITLE ACT On December 13, 2018, in Blackstone v. Moore, 2018-Ohio-4959, the Ohio Supreme Court held that a reference in a deed to a […]Read More
In Talbot v. Ward, 7th Dist. Monroe No. 15 MO 0001, 2017-Ohio-9213, the Seventh District Court of Appeals became the first appellate court in Ohio to discuss the Duhig rule when analyzing the validity of oil and gas reservations. In Talbot, E. M. Ward conveyed a large tract of land to Dow Mellott, […]Read More