Donald B. Leach

Biography

Focusing on the construction industry, Don leverages three decades worth of experience with a thorough knowledge of the unique challenges facing the industry today to help a variety of clients accomplish their objectives. Having assisted clients through both litigation and transactional matters, he is able to tailor his approach to help clients reach their intended resolution in a cost-effective manner.

Working in the public and private sectors, 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, his 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, his 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 those processes and their impact on the construction industry. For instance, he 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.

As a member of the Ohio Board of Building Standards, his work involves establishing Ohio building codes and regulating building officials. Don also served two terms on Upper Arlington City Council and was mayor and president of council for five of those eight years.His experiences in dealing with government and public policy matters enable him to offer unique perspectives and solutions to clients. 

Education

  • The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law  (J.D., 1982)
  • Union College  (B.A., cum laude, 1976)

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio

Affiliations/Memberships

  • American Bar Association
    • Forum on the Construction Industry 
    • Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section
  • Ohio State Bar Association 
    • Construction Law Committee 
    • Real Property Section
    • Council of Delegates - District 7 Representative
  • Columbus Bar Association 
    • Real Property Committee
    • Construction Committee and Real Property Institute, past chair
  • Ohio Senate, legislative assistant to president (1977 - 1980)
  • Upper Arlington, Ohio City Council
    • Past mayor
    • Past president
    • Past member 
  • Builders Exchange of Central Ohio, past president and board member
  • Central Ohio Transit Authority, past board member
  • Ohio Board of Building Standards, board member
  • Associated General Contractors, member
  • Associated Builders and Contractors, past board member
  • Mid Ohio Regional Planning Commission, past member
  • Ohio Structural Steel & Architectural Metals Association
  • The Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Columbus City Schools, Successful Schools Levy Campaign Committee, treasurer
  • Upper Arlington Board of Health, past 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 chair
  • Rotary Club of Upper Arlington,board member
  • Ohio YMCA Youth in Government Committee, past member
  • 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
  • Ohio Super Lawyers®
    • Top 50 attorney in Columbus
    • Top 100 attorney in Ohio
  • Chambers USA®: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Construction 
  • Appointed by the Ohio governor as first public member of Ohio’s Real Estate Appraiser Board (1989, 1992)
  • Appointed by the Ohio governor as the attorney member of the Ohio Board of Building Standards (2009, 2013, 2017)
  • First practicing attorney elected to Board of Directors and then president of Builders Exchange of Central Ohio (1996)
  • Arthur E. Cullman Business Person of the Year from Upper Arlington Area Chamber of Commerce (2009, 2012)
  • Margine Moul Leadership Award by Leadership Upper Arlington (2010)
  • Best Lawyers®
    • Construction and Real Estate Law 
    • "Lawyer of the Year" in Columbus for Construction Law (2013, 2014)
    • "Lawyer of the Year" in Columbus for Litigation - Real Estate (2015)
    • "Lawyer of the Year" in Columbus for Litigation - Construction (2017)
  • Top Lawyers by Columbus CEO magazine