John Paul Lucci

John Paul Lucci


200 Public Square
Suite 2800
Cleveland, Ohio 44114

Primary Practices

Routinely engaged by clients for his business acumen, John Paul Lucci is a partner in Hahn Loeser’s Business Practice Area. John Paul’s primary focus is mergers and acquisitions, corporate counseling and providing strategic and legal counsel to boards of directors and C-suite executives. John Paul has represented clients in leveraged buyout transactions and venture capital financings, as well as private-equity funds in the acquisition and disposition of scores of businesses across dozens of industries.

As a testament to the value John Paul brings to transactions, he has repeatedly been engaged by buyers post-closing when he has represented sellers to continue as outside general counsel or to serve as lead M&A counsel for add-on acquisitions.

In his corporate practice, John Paul has guided business owners through a myriad of complex issues that confront closely held companies such as succession planning, executive compensation, equity incentive plans and intergenerational transfers of ownership.

John Paul serves as outside general counsel to private-equity portfolio companies, closely held businesses and ESOP-owned companies. He is a trusted advisor to boards of directors and serves as an elected secretary for select clients. John Paul prides himself on his unmatched responsiveness and his unwavering commitment to client service and advocacy.

In addition to his corporate practice, John Paul works seamlessly with Hahn Loeser’s intellectual property lawyers and is the relationship partner for several of the Firm’s marquis intellectual property clients.

As a leader in the community and at Hahn Loeser, John Paul is the former co-chair of Hahn Loeser’s Corporate Transactions Group and an active member of the Firm’s finance committee.

Prior to attending law school, John Paul was a nonprofit executive, serving as the vice president of research and operations for the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture in Cleveland, Ohio. John Paul remains active in the nonprofit sector, assisting arts, cultural and environmental organizations in governance and nonprofit law. As a member of the board of trustees at the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes, John Paul oversaw the modernization of the Nature Center’s bylaws and corporate governance.

Professional History

  • Partner, Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP, 2012-present; Associate, 2009-11
  • Associate, Jones Day, 2003-09; Summer Associate, 2002
  • Summer Associate, Squire Sanders & Dempsey LLP, 2001
  • Vice President of Research and Operations, The Community Partnership for Arts and Culture, 1998-2000



Born and raised in Ohio, John Paul enjoys spending his spare time hiking with his family and exploring the forests of Northeast Ohio.


  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2003
    • Honors & Activities: Order of the Coif; Case Western Reserve Law Review, Articles Editor, 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 and History, summa cum laude,, 1997
Community Involvement

Nature Center at Shaker Lakes, Board Member, 2011 to 2017

Awards & Distinctions

Rising Star, Ohio Super Lawyers®, 2012-13


The Best Lawyers in America®, Corporate Law, 2018-24, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, 2020-24

Bar Admissions

State of Ohio, 2003