James J. Chester
- E firstname.lastname@example.org
- T (614) 334-6103
- F (614) 221-2007
Jim is focused on representing clients in all aspects of real estate, general business and corporate law. Jim advises clients in connection with the organization, finance, control, acquisition and disposition of businesses, including corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies, as well as general business and contract matters. He also counsels clients in all aspects of commercial real estate law including the purchase, finance, development, construction and leasing of apartments, office buildings, shopping centers, residential developments, commercial and manufacturing facilities. His clients include owners, developers, tenants and financial institutions.
Jim also has experience in the area of motor vehicle auction, dealer and title law. He routinely advises businesses in the motor vehicle industry, including motor vehicle auto auctions and dealers.
AV Peer Review Rated (Preeminent), Martindale-Hubbell
Honoree, Best Lawyers in America (2008 - present)
Honoree, Columbus CEO Top Lawyers, Real Estate (2019)
Honoree, Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers in America, Business Organizations (2021)
Honoree, Columbus CEO “Top Lawyers,” Real Estate Law (2021)
All Service Areas
- Case Western Reserve University School of Law (1987)
- Amherst College, B.A., cum laude (1984)
- Federal - 6th Circuit Court of Appeals
- Federal - Southern District of Ohio
- State - Ohio
- State - Wyoming
- Assist clients in the purchase and sale of land, office buildings, shopping centers, apartment complexes, commercial and manufacturing facilities throughout Ohio and the United States, including the purchase of a 636 unit apartment complex in Dallas, Texas for an institutional pension fund client, the sale of 151 acres of land in Phoenix, Arizona and purchase of a mixed portfolio consisting of Walgreen’s and medical office condominiums in Phoenix and Denver pursuant to a 1031 exchange of property.
- Assist clients in finance of office buildings, shopping centers and apartment complexes, including the financing of new academic buildings at an independent college preparatory day school, and the refinancing of an Ohio shopping center portfolio with Prudential Insurance Company.
- Assist office building and shopping center landlords and tenants with leasing, including the leasing of office space in Atlanta, Boston, Dallas and Denver for international architectural and engineering firm.
- General Counsel to Columbus-based shopping center and apartment developer in purchase, development, finance and leasing of portfolio comprising 30 plus commercial strip centers and apartment complexes.
- Serves as outside general counsel to real estate equity investment firms and several family equity investment firms.
- Assist clients with stock and asset purchase and sale transactions including the sale of a locally based, national specialty foods manufacturer, an employee purchase of a custom plastics manufacturer, and an investor group's purchase of 39 restaurants from corporate franchisor.
- Assist clients in day to day business and commercial transactions in various industry sectors, including preparation of agreements and commercial terms and conditions for coal fired electric generation plant in Marietta, Ohio, specialty foods producer, international architectural and engineering firm, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, and Federal Department of Homeland Security grant recipient.
- General counsel to largest motor vehicle auction in Ohio, auctioning several thousand motor vehicles per week with over $1B in annual revenue; assist with motor vehicle title and secured transaction issues, litigation, legislative representation, commercial and real property transactions.
Speeches and Publications
- "Tenancy-in-Common Investments Offer Another Option to Defer Gain" Columbus Business First, May 5, 2006
Eleven Taft Attorneys Named Top Lawyers 2022 by Columbus CEO Magazine
Two Hundred and Forty-Three Taft Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in Best Lawyers in America® 2023
232 Taft Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in Best Lawyers in America® 2022
Nine Columbus Attorneys Honored as “Top Lawyers” 2021 by Columbus CEO
- City of Columbus Board of License Appeals
Chairman (1990 - present)
- Columbus Bar Association
- Ohio State Bar Association
- American Bar Association
- Charity Newsies
Member (1997 - present)
Voluntary General Counsel
- Columbus Zoological Park Association
Former Member, Board of Trustees (2002 - 2017)
- The Columbus Zoo Youth Leadership
Former Member, Board of Trustees (1997 - 2002)
- The Wellington School
Former Member, Board of Trustees (2002 - 2011)
- Upper Arlington Community Foundation
Former Member, Board of Trustees (2003 - 2010)
Rider, Stephanie’s Team of Hope (2009 - present)
- The Nature Conservancy
Member, ad hoc Capital Campaign Committee (2020 - present)