Michael L. Close

Managing Partner Emeritus

Phone: 614.221.2121
Direct Line: 614.221.2121
Fax: 614.365.9516
Email: mclose@isaacwiles.com


Kathy Stiles

about Michael L. Close

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 & admissions


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 & 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 activities


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


President, Dublin AM Rotary

Past Involvement

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


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