As the Columbus office Partner-In-Charge, Leslie S. Johnson maintains a diverse real estate and corporate practice advising individuals and businesses of all types and sizes on a variety of general real estate, corporate and business law matters, including entity formation, corporate governance and compliance, contracts, real estate and mergers and acquisitions, including diligence, structure, negotiation and documentation.  She advises real estate holding companies and developers of shopping center, mixed-use and affordable housing projects. She also counsels other landowners in a variety of commercial real estate matters, including acquisition and divestiture of real estate, real estate tax exemption, commercial financing and legal opinions, and leasing and property management issues.  Leslie is also experienced in other corporate matters such as structure, preparation and implementation of joint ventures and strategic partnering relationships and fiduciary duties of directors, board committee charters, internal controls, disclosure and document retention policies.

At Hahn Loeser 

Leslie also provides immigration counseling in which she regularly consults companies on strategies for employing foreign nationals on a temporary or permanent basis and represents multi-national corporations seeking to employ or transfer international personnel to the United States. She also conducts I-9 audits and advises employers on employment eligibility and I-9 compliance, counseling the company and providing training to human resource professionals on best practices to ensure that the company complies with employment eligibility verification requirements while avoiding immigration discrimination violations. Among her accomplishments, Leslie has been recognized in the 2009-11 editions of "Ohio Rising Stars" by Ohio Super Lawyers.



The Ohio State University B.A., Political Science 1993


Capital University Law School J.D. 1997

Memberships & Affiliations

American Immigration Lawyers Association, Member


Central Ohio Land Title Association, Past President


Columbus Bar Association, Fellow


Committee Member: Real Estate, Probate, Estate and Gift Tax Committees


National Association of Women Business Owners, Member


Ohio State Bar Association, Member



Bar Admissions

State of Ohio


U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit