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John R. Gierl

While the appearance of John Gierl’s office might suggest otherwise, John is not an avid collector of paperweights. But he is proud of the many stories those paperweights represent.

Perhaps more than any attorney at Katz Teller, John’s shelves overflow with mementoes from the significant lending and financing transactions and mergers and acquisitions John has closed over the years. Those glass collectibles trace the range and scope of matters he has handled—from $3.4 million in private equity financing and $125 million in senior secured credit facilities to a $1.4 billion acquisition of hotels throughout the United States.

John’s corporate practice includes corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, financing and private securities transactions. In addition, John has been involved in a variety of franchisor and franchisee organizations, including representation of the Skyline Chili Franchisee Association.

At Katz Teller, John chairs the firm’s finance and opinion committees.


John represents a number of financial institutions, including Northcreek Mezzanine and WesBanco Bank.


While handling the variety of matters involved in representation of business organizations, including formation, organizational structure, owner relationship and contract issues, John has represented a number of clients in significant merger and acquisition transactions, including most recently: • Gould’s Discount Medical – represented the shareholders in stock sale to AdaptHealth • SigmaTEK – represented the equity owners in equity sale to Battery Ventures • ProTech Home Medical – represented ProTech in connection with the acquisition of several home respiratory and durable medical equipment businesses throughout the United States

Awards and Honors

  • Recognized multiple times as one of Woodward/White’s Best Lawyers in America®
  • Recognized multiple times by Law & Politics Media, Inc. as an Ohio Super Lawyer®
  • Named 2014 “Lawyer of the Year” for Cincinnati in Securities/Capital Markets Law by Woodward/White’s Best Lawyers in America®

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

Community Involvement

Bar Admissions


John R. Gierl

Contact info


Sondra Leach
T (513) 977-3466