As co-chair of Hahn Loeser’s Corporate Transactions Group, John Paul focuses primarily on mergers and acquisitions, private equity and general corporate law, helping clients buy and sell businesses around the world. He has represented clients in leveraged buyout transactions and venture capital financing, as well as private equity funds in the acquisition and disposition of portfolio companies.
John Paul thrives on helping close deals and serves as a partner in the success of his clients, acting as a trusted business adviser to help clients achieve their goals and objectives.
At Hahn Loeser
As a business lawyer, John Paul has served as general counsel to private equity portfolio companies and represented closely held family businesses in sales to private equity and strategic acquirers. In one of his more public projects, John Paul served as corporate counsel to the developer of the Greater Cleveland Aquarium.
He has also developed a significant gaming and regulatory practice and served as on-site counsel to a Nasdaq gaming company, where he negotiated gaming contracts, supervised a diverse litigation portfolio and provided legal advice for day-to-day operations.
John Paul began practicing law in 2003 and was included in the 2012 and 2013 lists of “Ohio Rising Stars” by Ohio Super Lawyers.
Prior to law school, John Paul served for three years as Vice President of Research and Operations for the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture, where he played an important role in the development of the region’s first cultural plan. Today, John Paul serves as outside legal counsel to numerous arts and cultural organizations and is active in the community, most recently serving on the board of directors of the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes.
In his spare time, John Paul enjoys hiking with this family and exploring the forests of Northeast Ohio.
Case Western Reserve University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2003: Honors and Activities: Order of the Coif; Articles Editor, Case Western Reserve Law Review, 2003
Case Western Reserve University, M.A. Political Science, with honors in American Government, 1997
Case Western Reserve University, B.A., with honors in Political Science & History, summa cum laude, 1997
“Ohio Rising Stars,” Ohio Super Lawyers 2012-13
Admitted to the Ohio Bar, 2003