John D. Jolley


Phone: 614.221.2121
Direct Line: 614.340.7458
Fax: 614.365.9516


Sue Cook

about John D. Jolley

John has a legal expertise in all things business. As a Partner in the Business and Real Estate practice groups as Isaac Wiles, John focuses his practice on general corporate, commercial real estate, banking, and construction matters.

His experience encompasses representation of all aspects of retail, commercial, and industrial real property acquisition/sale, development and leasing; lending/financial institution matters, title insurance matters; and condominium/community association matters.

John works with business clients from inception to sale and/or succession, and every other matter along the way. With extensive experience in formation, operations and related business planning, John has the knowledge and strategic know-how to help find success for closely held corporations, limited liability companies, trade and not-profit associations, and similar business organizations.

John is a Certified Specialist in Business, Commercial, and Industrial Real Property Law, as certified by the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA), and is a member of the OSBA’s Real Property Specialty Certification Committee. John also serves as General Counsel to the Ohio Lake Communities Association.



education & admissions


University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, J.D., 1995; Senior Member Law Review
George Washington University Law School, LL.M., 1996; The Environmental Lawyer, Advisory Editor
The Ohio State University, B.A., 1991

Bar & Court Admissions

Michigan, 1996
Ohio, 1997
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan

articles & presentations


“Spotlight: John Jolley,” Columbus Business First, June 2, 2017


“Environmental Issues Affecting Trust Real Estate,” The Huntington National Bank Quarterly Trust Department Meeting, April 23, 2007
“Don’t Be Held Hostage by Property Taxes,” Ohio Golf Course Owners Association 27th Annual Convention, March 15, 2006
“Offers/Letters of Intent; Choice of Entity,” Ohio State Bar Association Commercial Real Estate Law Seminar, November 5, 2002, October 20, 2004, November 1, 2005

professional & community activities


Certified Specialist in Ohio for Business, Commercial and Industrial Real Property Law
Ohio State Bar Association; Committee Member, Real Property Law Committee; Committee Member, OSBA Real Property Specialization Committee
Columbus Bar Association; Committee Member, Real Property Law Committee; Committee Member, Environmental Law Committee
Ohio Land Title Association
Ohio Lake Communities Association; General Counsel & Secretary to Executive Board
International Council of Shopping Centers
State Bar of Michigan
Columbus Landmarks Foundation; Board Member (2001-2007); Chair, Finance Committee (2005-2007); Chair, Membership Committee (2002-2005)


University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, Deans Advisory Board, 2011-present
St. Joseph Montessori School, Board of Trustees, July 2012-June 2016


Nursing home sale
Nursing home
Counseled clients through the sale of nursing home facilities

General Outside Counsel Representation
Multi-Division Manufacturing Company
Representation as general counsel for a multi-division manufacturing company

Project Counsel for Shopping Center Development in North Carolina
Counseled the owner and developer of a $25 million lifestyle center in North Carolina through acquisition, development, construction and leasing

Project Counsel for Mixed Use Retail/Commercial/Residential Development in Northwest, Ohio
Served as project and general counsel in representing the owner, developer and General Manager of a lifestyle shopping center, including a $58 million refinancing

Loan Work-Out / Deed in Lieu
Represented national banking association in two loan work-out/deed in lieu of foreclosures for asset-based loan transactions secured by golf course projects

Convention Facilities Authority – Sporting/Event Arena Acquisition and Takeover of Operations Management
Represented a Convention Facilities Authority as lead real estate counsel in which the Authority became the owner of a 25,000 seat, 685,000 square foot sports arena and related ancillary buildings and commercial space used as “home ice” by a NHL hockey team. The transaction included the collapse and termination of several layers of ground leases and subleases, conveyance of all properties to the Authority, and in turn licensing and leasing of the property to various interested parties. John also counselled the client and assisted in the creation of a new tax exemption for the Authority in order to lessen the financial burden from real property taxes imposed on the properties, and worked through various title and financing issues attendant to the transaction.


Ohio Super Lawyers®, 2005
Peer Review Rated AV in Martindale-Hubbell
Recipient of the Alice Neeley Memorial Award, 2004