Benjamin J. Yoder

West Chester
T 513.870.8233
F 513.870.0999
9277 Centre Pointe Drive
Suite 300
West Chester, Ohio 45069-4866

Ben is a Member in Frost Brown Todd's litigation department, and is a member of the firm’s governmental services and business litigation practice groups. 

The majority of Ben's practice is dedicated to Ohio township and municipality representation, particularly in the area of land use and zoning.  He serves as zoning counsel to a variety of Southwest Ohio local governments, where he regularly deals in comprehensive planning, zoning code/resolution drafting, map and text amendments, planned unit developments, conditional uses, variances, code enforcement, and generalized staff consultation.  When not working on behalf of local government clients, Ben represents a variety of private developers, businesses, and property owners as it pertains to real estate development and land use disputes.  Ben has substantial experience in complex zoning-related commercial due diligence work, zoning permit approval procurement, eminent domain, administrative appeals, and injunctive and generalized litigation.

Ben is a 2007 graduate of the University of Dayton School of Law, where he held both law review and moot court team memberships.  Prior to earning his J.D., he graduated cum laude from Lee University, with a Bachelor's of Arts in History. 

Ben lives in Deerfield Township, Warren County, Ohio with his wife, Sarah, and their two children.

Representative Matters

Ongoing zoning counsel to multiple urban Ohio townships and their associated zoning commissions, boards of zoning appeals, and boards of trustees.

Perform comprehensive evaluation of Ohio city's existing zoning code for legal defensibility.

Assist numerous suburban Ohio townships through complete re-writes and adoptions of their comprehensive plans and, in turn, zoning resolutions.

Represent both public- and private-sector clients in high profile land use disputes, including zoning code enforcement actions, administrative hearings, administrative appeals, injunctive actions, and traditional litigation.

Perform zoning-related due diligence work and procure zoning permit approvals for multi-million dollar commercial real estate transactions. 

Highlights & Recognitions

  • Selected for inclusion in the Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars®, 2012-2017
  • Warren County Foundation, 2012 Emerging Leader in Community Service
  • Frost Brown Todd Mentor of the Year, 2012
  • Attorney Advocate of the Year, Ohio Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), 2012

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Ohio Township Association
  • Ohio Municipal League
  • American Planning Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Butler County Bar Association
  • Cincinnati Bar Association

Civic & Charitable Organizations

  • Warren County Park District, Member, Board of Commissioners, 2011 - present
  • Deerfield Regional Stormwater District, President, Board of Directors, 2009 - present
  • Child Focus, Inc., President, Board of Directors, 2012 - present
  • Area Progress Council of Warren County, 2012 - present
  • Warren County Small Business Development Alliance, Vice-President, 2013 - present
  • 2015 Hopewell District Committee Chair of the Dan Beard Council, Boy Scouts of America

Non-FBT Publications and Events

"Practical Information Regarding Zoning Law Issues"

"Hot Issue Pitfalls:  An Interactive Examination of the New York City Mosque and Military Funeral Protests"

Other Contact Info


Kay Surgenor
T 513.870.8209