Jack S. Levey has literally "written the book" on Ohio real estate law. A co-author of "Baldwin's Ohio Practice, Ohio Real Estate Law," he is recognized as a leading commercial real estate attorney, successfully negotiating and closing numerous multi-million dollar transactions on behalf of lenders, retail and commercial property owners, receivers, special servicers, and quasi-governmental bodies. His practice focuses on real estate transactions, construction contracts and finance, and business aviation.

Mr. Levey is experienced in drafting and negotiating complex multi-party agreements for projects requiring close cooperation between governmental bodies and private businesses.

Mr. Levey has extensive experience representing businesses in negotiating and closing aircraft purchases, leases and sales, fractional ownership agreements, maintenance agreements, and aircraft financing.

Representative Client Work

  • Represented lessor in negotiation of 45-year ground lease for convention center hotel, including extensive construction and co-marketing obligations on the part of the lessee/hotel operator
  • Represented buyer in a transaction totaling more than $100 million for the purchase of five new long range business jet aircraft from a foreign manufacturer, and deferred exchanges for resale of buyer's previous aircraft
  • Issuer’s counsel in the sale of $97 million convention center bonds, including credit enhancements from other local government entities
  • Represented borrower in $17.2 million securitized mortgage refinancing of office complex
  • Represented aircraft owner in the termination of fractional ownership share of a corporate jet, purchase, financing, and deferred third party tax free exchange of used replacement jet, and related hangar lease and charter management agreement  
  • Represented redevelopment agency in the purchase of certified historic office building, leasing of office space and subsequent resale of building to private developer, including joint sale agreement with City of Columbus, development covenants and restrictions, and repurchase option  
  • Lender’s counsel to non-profit private redevelopment agency in connection with incentive subordinate construction loans to foster development of downtown housing
  • Represented investors in private placement of membership interests in real estate limited liability company

Professional Affiliations

  • Columbus Bar Association (Real Property Committee)
  • Ohio State Bar Association (Real Property Committee)
  • American Bar Association (Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section - Title Insurance Committee (past vice chair); Title Insurance Subcommittee on Partnerships and Closely Held Corporations (past chair); Commercial Leasing Group; Uniform Laws Committee (past vice chair)

Publications and Lectures (partial list)

  • "Property Management Essentials: Teamwork & Evictions – Columbus;” Ohio Association of Realtors, Cleveland, OH, Aug. 10, 2017
  • “Advanced Topics in Commercial Real Estate Law,” Ohio State Bar Association, Columbus, OH, Aug. 3, 2017
  • Kuehnle & Levey, “Baldwin’s Ohio Practice, Ohio Real Estate Law” (3d ed. West, 2003, 3 volumes, updated annually)
  • "Advanced Topics in Commercial Real Estate Law, Assignment and Subleasing,” CLE, Ohio State Bar Association, Columbus, OH, 2011 - 2013
  • "Top 10 Commercial Lease Clauses: Insurance & Indemnities, Option to Expand Assignment & Subletting," Presenter, National Business Institute, Columbus, OH, August 14, 2012 
  • “Subleasing as an Extreme Sport,” Presenter, American Bar Association’s Real Property Section’s 21st Annual Spring Symposia, Philadelphia, PA, May 7, 2010
  • "Introduction to Real Estate," Presenter, Ohio State Bar Association’s CLE Live Seminar, Columbus, OH, April 15, 2010 
  • "Real Estate Transactions with Legal Entities," presenter, National Business Institute's In-Depth Title Insurance Principles seminar, Columbus, Dec. 3, 3009
  • "Lease Transfers and Assignments," Ohio Business Brokers Association meeting, Columbus, July 8, 2009
  • "Why is This Tenant Different from Other Tenants? Representing a Tenant with a Kosher Business,” American Bar Association's Probate & Property magazine, July/August Issue
  • "Ask the Expert - Be Careful with e-Mail and Voice Mail," Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Columbus Newsletter, Summer 2008 
  • "Commercial Leasing - Recent  Cases & Troublesome Provisions," Columbus Bar Association Annual Real Property Institute, Columbus, OH, January 31, 2008
  • "Commercial & Real Estate Loan Documents - More Than Just Paper," Lorman Education Services, Columbus, OH, July 31, 2007 
  • “Title Examination in Ohio,” Lorman Education Services annual seminar, Columbus, OH, 1996 - 2007
  • “Negotiating & Drafting Trouble-Free Commercial Real Estate leases”, National Business Institute, Columbus, Ohio, August 2006
  • “Ohio Law Update,” CLE, International Council of Shopping Centers Regional Conference, Columbus, OH, February 2005
  • “Commercial Real Estate Transactions,” CLE, National Business Law Institute, Columbus, OH, February 2005
  • “Commercial Leasing in Ohio,” Lorman Education Services, Columbus, OH, February 2004  
  • “Advanced Real Estate Law in Ohio,” National Business Institute, Columbus, OH, February 2004
  • “Keys to Success in a Real Estate Transaction in Ohio,” National Business Institute, Columbus, OH, March 2002
  • “Pulling it all Together – Title Insurance Issues in a Multi-State, Multi-Site Transaction,” American Bar Association Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section, Spring Section Meeting and CLE, 2001



  • University of Minnesota Law School, magna cum laude, J.D., 1978
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison, B.A., 1972


  • Ohio, 1983


Honors & Recognitions

  • Best Lawyers in America® for Real Estate Law (Copyright 2018 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC), 2009 - 2019
  • Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating-AV Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated. AV Preeminent is a certification mark of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell® certification procedures, standards and policies.
  • Ohio Super Lawyer in Real Estate; Ohio Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters publication, 2009 - 2017



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