Katarina Karac

Katarina joined Underhill & Hodge in April of 2019 and focuses her practice on zoning, land use, public nuisance law, and litigation. Katarina is a committed leader in the Columbus area who enjoys helping clients turn blighted or underutilized properties into community assets. She represents developers, investors and individuals through entitlement phases of development, assists clients with obtaining code compliance and zoning clearance and provides other ancillary real estate services to meet clients’ needs.

Katarina started her legal career as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney with the Licking County Prosecutor’s Office, Civil Division, where she served as legal counsel to the County Commissioners, the Planning Commission, the County Engineer, and local townships on zoning, land use, and other matters. From there, Katarina served four years as an Assistant City Attorney with the Columbus City Attorney’s Office, representing Code Enforcement, Building and Zoning, Public Health, and the Columbus Police Department in the Franklin County Environmental Court. Having served as legal counsel for the City of Columbus on more than 500 public nuisance cases, Katarina has developed a reputation for working closely with all stakeholders to solve complex property-related problems.

While at the City, Katarina represented Proactive Code Enforcement (“PACE”), a group tasked with strategically inspecting properties owned by repeat offender landlords. She also advised ENAG, a group consisting of numerous agencies tasked with looking into code compliance at large scale commercial and industrial sites. Further, in 2016, after listening to community members’ concerns about how street prostitution was negatively impacting the quality of life in Linden, Katarina helped create the Cleveland Avenue Anti-Human Trafficking Initiative, a community-based initiative that reduces street prostitution and connects victims of human trafficking to legal services. Following the success of that initiative, Katarina assisted with expanding what’s now known as the “Linden Model” to the South Side and Franklinton neighborhoods. In 2016, Katarina was awarded “Public Servant of the Year” by the Greater Linden Development Corporation for her commitment to the community and efforts to reduce crime in Linden.

Education

University of Illinois, B.A., Honors College, summa cum laude, 2010
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, J.D., Public Service Fellow, 2013

Bar Admission

State of Ohio, 2013
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, 2014

Memberships

  • Columbus Bar Association, member
  • Ohio State Bar Association, member
  • The Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer American Inn of Court, member
  • Urban Land Institute, member
  • Women Lawyers of Franklin County, member
  • Columbus Women’s Commission, Eviction Committee, member
  • Cleveland Avenue Anti-Human Trafficking Initiative (the “Linden Model”), co-founder & member
  • Franklin County Hoarding Task Force, former member & coordinator
  • CBA Barrister’s Leadership Program, Class of 2016
  • CBA Barrister’s Leadership Program, Class of 2017 Selection Committee
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