Michael L. Close

Michael L. Close

Managing Partner Emeritus
P: 614.221.2121 | F: 614.365.9516 | D: 614.221.2121
EMAIL mclose@isaacwiles.com

Assistant Kathy Stiles 614.220.5184 kstiles@isaacwiles.com
about MichaelX+X+

Well-traveled and highly experienced, Mike Close is renowned for his ability to tune out the noise and find the tipping point in every case.

His knack for cutting to the chase has been honed by a wealth of experiences from being a judge to serving in Vietnam. Extremely loyal and fair, Mike’s ability to sort the important from the unimportant has served his clients well for decades.

He’s strong across the board in a variety of legal disciplines, including appellate law, litigation, mediation services, and professional ethics. Mike has tried over 200 jury trials of almost any variety including criminal, civil, construction, personal injury, malpractice, plaintiff, and defendant.

education & admissionsX+


  • Capital University Law School, J.D., 1975
  • The Ohio State University, B.S., 1967

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Ohio, 1975
  • Florida, 1976
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts, Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1979
articles & presentationsX+

articles & presentations


  • Presenter, Ohio Judicial Conference
  • Presenter, Ohio CLE Institute
  • Presenter, Columbus Bar Association CLE
  • Frequent presenter for Ohio Judicial College, Ohio Judicial Conference and other various bar organizations.
professional & community activitiesX+

professional & community activities


  • Adjunct Professor, Capital University Law School
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Columbus Bar Association
  • The Florida Bar Association


  • President, Dublin AM Rotary

Past Positions

  • Board of Governors, Columbus Bar Association
  • Council Delegates, Ohio State Bar Association
  • President, Capital Law School Alumni Board
  • President, St. Brendan Parish Church
  • President, St. Brendan School Board
  • Religious Education Instructor
  • Trustee, Jeffrey Foundation, Trustee
  • President and Founder, Inns of Court #2
  • Trustee, Dublin Fund
  • Trustee, Alvis House
  • Trustee, Faith Mission
  • Trustee, Dublin A.M. Rotary
  • Trustee, Dublin Chamber of Commerce
  • Adjunct Professor, Ohio Judicial College
  • Adjunct Professor, Capital University Law School
  • Appellate Judge, State of Ohio, 1993-98
  • State of Ohio, Common Pleas Judge (Presiding Judge 1991-1992), 1989-93
  • Trial Attorney, Gamble, Hartshorn, Grace, Alden & Close, 1987-89
  • Prosecutor, City of Hilliard, 1984-85
  • Special Referee, Probate Court, 1983
  • President, Discovery Title Agency, 1979-89
  • Law Director, City of Hilliard, 1978-83
  • Trial Attorney , Self-Employed, 1976-87
  • Special Referee, Probate Court, 1975-76
  • General Referee, Domestic Court, 1973-76
  • Probation Officer, Domestic Court, 1971-73
  • Pilot, Ohio National Guard, 1971 – 1972
  • Captain, Pilot, Platoon Commander, U.S. Army, 1967-71


  • Ohio Super Lawyers®, 2007-2019
  • Featured in Super Lawyers Business Edition (Civic Litigation Defense) (2012)