Jack is a partner in the firm’s Corporate Department and the practice group leader of the Entrepreneurship and Startups group. He practices in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, business growth and operation, and corporate securities. He helps companies expand through investment, acquisitions, divestitures and commercial relationships; and he helps businesses manage risk and comply with federal and state securities laws.
As mergers and acquisitions counsel, Jack structures, negotiates and documents stock and asset purchases as well as sales, mergers, reorganizations, spinoffs, consolidations and other major corporate events impacting ownership, including business succession planning. He represents buyers and sellers in transactions across a range of industries, such as energy, manufacturing, technology, retail, banking and telecommunications. Jack is well-versed in the sale and purchase of electric power generation and transmission assets.
He helps emerging, high-growth and sustaining businesses raise and attract capital by providing advice about formation, capital structure and corporate finance and ownership, including angel investment, venture capital, private equity investment, strategic joint ventures, private placements, shareholder agreements, buy-sell agreements, voting agreements, investor rights and equity compensation. Jack provides further counsel on non-competition, consulting arrangements, proprietary rights agreements, licensing, customer and vendor contracts, and general corporate law.
Jack advises companies of all sizes regarding commercial investments and contractual arrangements, including wholesale and retail sales, reseller and distribution, manufacturing and supply, purchase orders, warranties, indemnification obligations, research and development agreements, joint ventures, professional and commercial services, logistics and licensing.
As corporate securities counsel, Jack helps public companies comply with securities laws and the rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission. His securities practice includes primary and secondary registered offerings, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, minority and majority investments, spinoffs, stock splits, going-private transactions, stock repurchase programs and defensive takeover strategies. He regularly advises public companies about SEC compliance, periodic and current reports, registration statements, proxy solicitations, annual and special shareholder meetings, fair disclosure and transactions in public company stock, including insider trading and restricted securities.
Finally, Jack helps boards of directors of companies and nonprofit organizations manage corporate governance. He provides advice about conflicts of interest, fiduciary duties, related party transactions, compliance policies, board resolutions, proxy contests, contentious shareholder proposals, special investigations by boards of directors or committees, and board evaluations.
- The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law (J.D., summa cum laude, 2005)
- Ohio University (B.A., summa cum laude, 2001)
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
- Ohio State Bar Association
- Columbus Bar Association
Honors & Awards
- Martindale-Hubbell®, AV Preeminent
- Ohio Super Lawyers® — Rising Stars Edition, 2011-2013
- Order of the Coif
- Phi Beta Kappa
- Columbus Early Learning Centers, Board Member
- Ohio Division of Securities, Capital Formation Outreach Group
- United Schools Network, Fifty 4 Fifty member
- Leadership Columbus, Class of 2014
- Capital University Law School, Paralegal Program, Adjunct Professor, 2007-2013