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Jeffrey J. Patter

“Accountability, empathy and experience contribute to my service to our clients as a
trusted advisor.”

Jeff Patter's practice is focused primarily on business, employment, and litigation matters. Throughout his career, he has represented businesses of all sizes and has negotiated numerous multi-million dollar sales and acquisitions of corporate entities. He has also managed projects involving customs and trade matters, class action lawsuits, environmental law, real estate, intellectual property, immigration, corporate compliance, and corporate governance. 

In addition, Jeff is regularly involved in the discovery of electronically stored information ("e-discovery"), and the organization and management of corporate legal affairs services for large corporate clients. 

Recently, Jeff led a $100 million+ sale of an entity in China, and successfully defended and negotiated the settlement of an ERISA class action federal lawsuit. He also led a project for a $25 million purchase and resale of 5,000+ acres of undeveloped out-of-state real estate for resort development, and directed the financing/banking for the acquisition. In addition, Jeff successfully resolved a number of actions resulting from a workplace fatality, and negotiated the settlement of an adverse multi-million dollar age discrimination judgment at a substantial reduction of the judgment amount. 

He is a frequent lecturer and enjoys developing and presenting training for other business professionals as well as for the firm's clients. 

Jeff has devoted numerous volunteer hours to the Columbus Speech and Hearing Center and continues to perform legal services for the Center on a pro bono basis.


Capital University Law School, J.D., 1981 

Mount Union College, B.A., English, 1978 

Law Licenses 

State of Ohio

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio

United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio

United States District Court, Southern District of Indiana 

Public Service 

Resurrecting Lives Foundation

Columbus Speech & Hearing Center


St. Andrew School 

Memberships and Associations 

Ohio State Bar Association

Columbus Bar Association

Pennsylvania Bar Association

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**Less than 5% of women lawyers have been recognized with an AV Preeminent® Rating.