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John D. Gillespie

Huntington Center
41 South High Street
Suite 2400
Columbus, OH 43215


Diane Hooper

John D. (Jack) Gillespie has extensive experience representing developers and investors on all aspects of commercial real estate development and joint venture formation.  He regularly represents developers and investors in connection with financings, and small businesses in connection with their corporate needs.  He also has substantial experience representing buyers and sellers of real estate on large portfolio transactions, including complex ground and air rights lease transactions.  Jack has a working knowledge base in the emerging area of real estate in the sharing economy and real estate crowdfunding.

Jack has a focus in health care real estate, including senior housing facilities (skilled nursing, assisted living and memory care), medical office buildings and physician practices.  Investors in health care real estate (whether medical office building developers, health care REITs or physician groups), often require his counsel in negotiating transactions with hospital systems.

On a day-to-day basis, in connection with his health care real estate practice, Jack covers a number of issues, including:

  • acquisition, disposition and development of medical office buildings
  • the needs of REITs in acquisitions, new development projects, dispositions, loan assumptions and consents, and leasing transactions
  • campus developments and hospital master leases
  • ground leases and air rights leases in connection with campus developments
  • development, asset management and property management agreements

Jack serves as part of a team designated as national leasing counsel for a publicly traded health care REIT with a portfolio comprising over 15 million square feet.


  • Ohio Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine, 2007
  • Leadership Columbus, 2004 Graduate

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • Board of the Homeless Families Foundation, Trustee


Events and Presentations

04.26.2017"Drafting and Negotiating Purchase and Sale Agreements," Columbus, Ohio
09.20.2016"Drafting Purchase and Sale Agreements," National Business Institute
06.03.2016Legal Issues in the Sharing Economy
10.23.2015"Commercial Lease Provisions and Issues," Dayton, Ohio
08.20.2015"Commercial Leasing and Insights into Medical Office Leasing," Ohio State Bar Association – Advanced Topics in Real Estate
04.13.2015"Purchase and Sale Agreements" and "Closing Commercial Real Estate Transactions," National Business Institute
07.15.2014"Title Insurance Obstacles," National Business Institute
05.07.2014"Landlord-Tenant Law; Commercial Leasing," Sterling Education Services
12.09.2013"Resolving Title Issues," National Business Institute
05.08.2013"Landlord-Tenant Law; Commercial Leasing," Sterling Education Services

Alternate biographies




  • J.D., Ohio State University, 1994
  • B.A., cum laude, Ohio Wesleyan University, 1991

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Ohio, 1994