J. Thomas Nocar

J. Thomas Nocar


65 East State Street
Suite 2500
Columbus, Ohio 43215

Primary Practices

J. Thomas “Tom” Nocar is a partner in the firm’s Litigation Practice Area in the Columbus office. Tom dedicates his practice to construction law and construction businesses.  Before becoming a construction lawyer, Tom spent 26 years managing construction projects. This experience provides him with a unique set of skills to offer his clients—broad technical knowledge of the commercial construction industry and a practical approach to dispute avoidance and resolution.

Tom regularly represents construction and real estate industry clients in transactional needs (i.e., contract negotiations and drafting, teaming agreements, licensing), project claims (i.e., nonpayment, nonperformance, defect cure, delay, acceleration, mechanic’s liens), and dispute resolution including negotiation, mediation, arbitration and litigation. He is a trained arbitrator and a member of the American Arbitration Association Panel of Construction Arbitrators.

Tom is well-versed in the intricacies of commercial real estate development. He has bought, developed, leased and sold commercial property. Tom has created proformas, developed if-come design, negotiated easements and tenant leases and secured financing for projects. He has constructed infrastructure, storefronts, vanilla boxes, and lease-back developments in a variety of industries including medical, retail, industrial and office.


  • Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, J.D., 2013
  • Ohio State University Fisher College of Business, B.S., cum laude, 2008
Community Involvement

ABA Forum on Construction Law, Steering Committee Member, Div. 1: Litigation and Dispute Resolution, 2018-2022


Mironova Homeowners Association, Board of Directors, 2020

Awards & Distinctions

Ohio Super Lawyers ® , Rising Star, 2019-2024


Columbus Business First, Forty Under 40

Bar Admissions

State of Ohio


U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio


U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio

Memberships & Affiliations

American Arbitration Association, Panel of Construction Arbitrators


U.S. Green Building Council, LEED Accredited Professional, 2005


American Bar Association


Ohio State Bar Association


Columbus Bar Association


Associated General Contractors of Ohio (AGC)


Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC)


Ohio Contractors Association (OCA)


Builder’s Exchange of Central Ohio (BX)