Jason Harley
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Jason is experienced in complex litigation matters in the areas of construction, general business, and oil and gas. Prior to joining McDonald Hopkins, Jason worked at Welin, O’Shaughnessy + Scheaf LLC, a Columbus-based boutique law firm specializing in construction law, complex business litigation and oil and gas litigation. Earlier, Jason practiced law at one of the largest law firms in the country, where he focused on construction and general business litigation. Prior to entering the legal profession, Jason gained experience in the construction industry as a project engineer for a mechanical contractor and a project lead for an MEP design engineering firm.

Jason earned a J.D., magna cum laude, from Capital University Law School in 2008. He received a B.S. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 2002.  

Representative Cases/Matters

  • Represents Ohio's largest heavy/highway contractor on various matters involving bid protests, equitable adjustment claims, contested claims and litigation.
  • Represents one of the nation's largest disaster recovery and restoration contractors on various litigation matters.
  • Represents one of the nation's largest energy companies on various matters related to oil and gas producing interests and related interests.
  • Successfully defended one of the nation's largest financial institutions against claims of improper lending activities.
  • Successfully represented contractor-client against material supplier's claims, which included an award of attorney's fees against the material supplier.
  • Successfully represented an Ohio university in claims against design professionals regarding negligent design of the HVAC systems of residence halls.
  • Represents clients in relation to prevailing-wage compliance, complaints, and litigation.
  • Represents clients, including developers and contractors, in drafting construction contracts, and in claim avoidance and/or preservation during the course of projects.
  • Represents clients on bid disputes on public construction projects.

Admissions - Court

  • Ohio State Courts
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio

Admissions - State

  • Ohio


  • Capital University Law School
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Honors and Awards

  • Selected for inclusion in Ohio Rising Stars (2014-2018)
  • CALI Awards—Torts, Business Associations, Real Estate Finance, Libertarianism and the Law, Legal Drafting, Patent Law

Professional Membership

  • American Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Columbus Bar Association
  • Associated General Contractors of Ohio
  • Builders Exchange of Central Ohio

External Publications

  • Contributing author of the Baldwin’s Ohio Construction Law Manual, WEST/Thomson Reuters, February 2009
  • Contributing author of State-By-State Guide To Design And Construction Contracts And Claims (2d Edition), Wolters Kluwer

Speaking Engagements

  • National Business Institute, Construction Defect Litigation: From A to Z, 2013