Donald B. Leach, Jr.

Partner
P: (614) 227-4262
F: (614) 221-8590
Leveraging three decades worth of experience in working with the construction industry with a thorough knowledge of the unique challenges facing the industry today, Don Leach has helped a wide variety of clients accomplish their objectives. Having assisted clients through both litigation and transactional matters, Don is able to tailor his approach to help clients reach their intended resolution in a cost-effective manner.

Working in both the public and private sector, and representing owners, developers and contractors, Don utilizes his knowledge about the business, financial and legal challenges facing the construction industry to provide his clients with the advantages they need. A former president of the Builders Exchange of Central Ohio, where he received the Cornerstone Award, as well as a member of the Ohio Board of Building Standards, Don's familiarity and relationships within the industry allow his clients to benefit from insight gained only through extensive experience and relationships. From drafting and negotiating contracts to defending and prosecuting construction lien, contract and bond disputes, Don’s practical approach ensures clients’ needs and goals are met in a timely, efficient manner.

Additionally, Don, who spent five years working for the President of the Ohio Senate, has served in a number of administrative and legislative roles, providing him with valuable insight into the construction industry. For instance, Don assisted in the drafting of Ohio’s mechanics’ lien law, and has served as the General Counsel to the Central Ohio Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors. In addition, as a member of the Ohio Board of Building Standards, his work involves establishing Ohio building codes and regulating building officials. His array of experiences in dealing with government and public policy matters enable him to offer additional unique perspectives and solutions to clients. In that regard, he frequently collaborates with Dinsmore Public Sector Advisors on behalf of clients. He is currently mayor and president of city council of Upper Arlington, Ohio. Don previously served in those positions in 2008-2009 and then was elected again to council in 2011 after not having run for re-election in 2009.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • American Bar Association: Forum on the Construction Industry; Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section
  • Ohio State Bar Association: Construction Law Committee and Real Property Section; Council of Delegates, District 7
  • Columbus Bar Association: Real Property Committee; Construction Committee and Real Property Institute, Past Chair
  • Ohio Senate (1977-1980), Legislative Assistant to President
  • Upper Arlington, Ohio City Council, President and Mayor
  • Builders Exchange of Central Ohio, Past President and member of Board of Directors
  • Associated General Contractors
  • Mid Ohio Regional Planning Commission
  • Ohio Structural Steel & Architectural Metals Association
  • The Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Citizens for Safe Schools (Columbus City Schools Levy Campaign Committee), Treasurer
  • Upper Arlington Board of Health, President 
  • Citizens for Upper Arlington Schools (Upper Arlington Schools Levy Campaign Committee), Past Treasurer
  • Upper Arlington Community Improvement Corporation, Past Director
  • Upper Arlington Area Chamber of Commerce, Past Chairman
  • Rotary Club of Upper Arlington
  • Columbus Chamber of Commerce
  • Ohio YMCA Youth in Government Committee, Past Member 
  • Kids Voting Central Ohio Honorary Board
  • Upper Arlington Crew, Inc., Past President
  • Upper Arlington Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, Past Chair
  • Ohio Real Estate Appraiser Board, Past Chair
  • Upper Arlington Civic Association, Past Director
  • Ohio West Virginia YMCA Board of Trustees, Past President

Distinctions

  • Peer Review Rated AV in Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© for Construction and Real Estate Law 
  • Selected as a Top 50 attorney in Columbus and a Top 100 attorney in Ohio by Ohio Super Lawyers®
  • Listed in Chambers USA®: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Construction 
  • Appointed in 1989 by the Ohio governor as first public member of Ohio’s Real Estate Appraiser Board
  • Appointed in 2009 & 2013 by the Ohio governor as the attorney member of the Ohio Board of Building Standards 
  • First practicing attorney elected to Board of Directors and then President in 1996 of the 1,300-member Builders Exchange of Central Ohio
  • Upper Arlington Chamber of Commerce, 2009 & 2012 Arthur E. Cullman Business Person of the Year
  • Leadership Upper Arlington, 2010 Margine Moul Leadership Award
  • Named the Best Lawyers'® Columbus Construction Law "Lawyer of the Year" - 2013, 2014
  • Named to the “Top Lawyers 2014” list by Columbus CEO Magazine
  • Named the Best Lawyers® Columbus Litigation - Real Estate “Lawyer of the Year” - 2015