Leslie Johnson

Leslie S. Johnson

65 East State Street
Suite 1400
Columbus, Ohio 43215

Primary Practices

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, and mortgage and mezzanine financing in various markets including office, retail, industrial, multi-family residential and mixed-use properties. 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, tax credits, land use and zoning. 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 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.

Professional History

  • Partner, Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP, 2008-present; Partner-in-Charge, Columbus Office, 2017-present; Member, Recruiting Committee, 2012-14
  • Lane, Alton & Horst LLC, 2000-08
  • Law Offices of James A. Saad/Star Title Agency, 1993-2000



Capital University Law School, J.D., 1997


The Ohio State University, B.A., Political Science, Minor in Criminology, 1993

Community Involvement

Unverferth House, Board Member


National Association of Women Business Owners, Member


Central Ohio Land Title Association, Past President


Make-A-Wish Foundation, Greater Ohio Volunteer Member

Awards & Distinctions

Rising Star, Ohio Super Lawyers®, 2009-10

Bar Admissions

State of Ohio, 1997


U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 2004

Memberships & Affiliations

Ohio State Bar Association, Member


Columbus Bar Association, Fellow; Real Estate Section, Committee Member; Probate, Estate & Gift Tax Section, Committee Member


American Immigration Lawyers Association, Member


Women Lawyers of Franklin County, Member


Alliott Global Alliance, Member, Global Mobility Real Estate Specialty Practice Group