Cavitch Familo & Durkin, Co., L.P.A.

Michael Rasor

Shareholder & Director
Direct Dial: 216-472-4650





Michael R. (“Mike”) Rasor specializes in counseling and advising privately held businesses, both in transactions and disputes. Mike seeks to be more than just an attorney for his business clients, but also an all-purpose adviser.

Several publications have identified Mike as a leader in law and public service. In November 2017, Crain’s Cleveland selected Mike as one of its Forty Under 40 top young professionals in Northeast Ohio. In March 2015, the Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club named Mike as one of the 25 most promising leaders under 35 years old in Cleveland.

Mike is licensed to practice in Ohio and North Carolina.  In 2021, he was named as Chairman of Cavitch’s Capital and Finance practice group.

In addition to his legal practice, Mike served five terms as a City Councilman At-Large in the City of Stow, Ohio (pop. 35,000). Mike was elected unanimously as President of City Council in 2016.

Some of Mike’s recent transactions include:

  • Drafting and Negotiation of Various Contracts
  • New Entity Formation and Capitalization
  • Real Estate Purchases and Leases (Commercial and Residential)
  • Sales and Acquisitions of LLCs and Corporations
  • Asset Purchase Agreements
  • Business Succession Planning and Buy-Sell Agreements
  • Real Estate Financing
  • Other Financing Arrangements and Secured Transactions
  • Employment and Consulting Agreements
  • Shareholder Agreements, Operating Agreements, and Partnership Agreements
  • Multi-State Regulatory Compliance
  • Corporate Reorganization and Restructuring
  • Intellectual Property Licensing Agreements
  • Nonprofit 501(C)(3) Qualification
  • Launch of Venture Capital/Private Equity Fund
  • 1031 Like-Kind Exchanges

Mike has also litigated and defended a wide range of commercial and civil disputes, including the following subject matter:

  • Breach of Contract
  • Employment
  • Disputes among Shareholders/Partners
  • Creditor’s Rights and Commercial Collections
  • Landlord-Tenant (Commercial and Residential)
  • Temporary Restraining Orders and/or Preliminary Injunctions
  • Fraud
  • Bad Faith Insurance
  • Taxation
  • Ohio Franchise Law
  • Ohio Homeowners’ Association Law
  • Non-Competition Covenants

The businesses that Mike represents come from a diverse range of industries, including:

  • Commercial and Residential Real Estate
  • Manufacturing
  • Finance
  • Software and Internet
  • Healthcare
  • Non-Profit Entities
  • Transportation
  • Restaurants and Hospitality
  • Arts, Entertainment, and Sports
  • Advertising
  • Automotive
  • Insurance
  • Childcare
  • Venture Capital/Private Equity

Like many other Cavitch attorneys, Mike is an author and editor of Ohio Transaction Guide and Current Legal Forms, which keeps Mike up-to-date on developments in various areas of Business Law, including:

  • Mechanic’s and Other Liens
  • Property Management
  • Commercial Leases
  • Residential Leases
  • Real Estate Sales and Exchanges
  • Construction Financing
  • Construction and Contracting
  • Real Estate Title Protection
  • Real Estate Closings
  • Limited Liability Companies
  • Real Estate Securities
  • Development & Subdivision
  • Real Estate Entities
  • Environmental Considerations in Real Estate
  • Ground Leases
  • Planning & Zoning
  • Real Estate Syndicates
  • REITs & REMICs
  • Condominiums
  • Mobile Homes
  • Corporate Organizations
  • Corporate Operation and Management
  • Business and Consumer Relations

Mike also serves on the Board of Directors for the Cpl. Joseph A. Tomci Memorial Foundation. In addition, Mike is a member of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Ohio Bar Association and Fraternal Order of Police Associates.

Mike received both his law degree and baccalaureate degree from The University of Akron. As an undergraduate student, Mike studied communications (journalism) and political science and graduated summa cum laude. He was selected as Editor-in-Chief of the college newspaper, the Buchtelite. He also was a writer for the Akron Beacon Journal’s Business section and the Indianapolis Star’s Sports section.

In law school at the University of Akron, Mike’s GPA was ranked No. 7 in his class of 135 students. He was selected as the Editor-in-Chief of the Akron Law Review, which is considered one of the top law journals in the nation. Mike also participated on Akron’s Moot Court team that competed in Madison, Wisconsin.

In his spare time, Mike enjoys golfing, running, playing piano, and reading. Mike and his wife Laura are members at The Chapel in Akron and live in Stow.

Please call or e-mail Mike today if you think he can assist you or your business. Mike understands the value of customer service, and he strives to promptly return all phone calls and e-mails.