Leslie S. Johnson serves as the partner-in-charge of Hahn Loeser’s Columbus office and advises individuals and businesses of all types and sizes on a wide range of real estate, corporate and business law matters, including entity formation, corporate governance and compliance, real estate, contracts, and mergers and acquisitions, including diligence, structure negotiation and documentation.
Leslie focuses her real estate practice on commercial real estate matters, particularly commercial leasing, real estate financings and refinancings, commercial development, acquisitions and divestitures, property acquisitions, mortgage and mezzanine financing. She represents clients in drafting and negotiating purchase agreements, leases, joint venture agreements, loan documents, easements and other related real estate documentation and coordinating all real estate due diligence. In addition, Leslie counsels clients on a broad range of general real estate matters including issues relating to capital formation and alternative financing sources, title matters, real estate taxation, land use and eminent domain. She counsels real estate holding companies and developers of shopping centers as well as mixed-use and affordable housing projects.
In addition to her real estate experience, Leslie assists corporate clients with structure, preparation and implementation of joint ventures and strategic-partnering relationships, as well as board committee charters, internal controls, disclosure and document retention policies and fiduciary duties of directors.
Leslie also provides counseling in which she regularly counsels companies on immigration strategies for employing foreign nationals on a temporary or permanent basis. She represents multinational 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. This includes counseling the company and providing training to human resource professionals on best practices to ensure companies are complying with employment eligibility verification requirements.
- Partner, Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP, 2008 to present; Member, Recruiting Committee, 2012-14; Partner-in-Charge, Columbus Office, 2017 - present
- Lane, Alton & Horst LLC, 2000-08
- Law Offices of James A. Saad/Star Title Agency, 1993–2000
Leslie is a member of the Board of Unverferth House and a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the National Association of Women Business Owners. She is past president of the Central Ohio Land Title Association and a fellow on the Real Estate, Probate and Estate & Gift Taxes committees. In addition, she is a member of Women Lawyers of Franklin County and a volunteer member of Make-A-Wish Foundation, Greater Ohio.
A Few Clients
- Ferragamo USA
- Positive Changes Hypnosis Centers
- MC Network
- Hart Advertising
- Zipf Lock Co.
- United Initiators, Inc.
Capital University Law School, J.D., 1997
The Ohio State University, College of Law, B.A., Political Science, minor in Criminology, 1993
Ohio State Bar Association: Member
Columbus Bar Association: Fellow; Committee Member, Real Estate Section; Committee Member, Probate, Estate & Gift Tax Section
American Immigration Lawyers Association: Member
Women Lawyers of Franklin County: Member
Admitted to the Ohio Bar, 1997
Licensed to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 2004
“Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars,” Ohio Super Lawyers, 2009-10