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.

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