Jon Hiltz is a partner in the firm's Business Representation & Transactions Group. His practice is concentrated in the corporate and finance areas, with a focus on mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity capital formation transactions, and general corporate matters.

Jon has represented both publicly held and private companies in a wide range of business transactions, including, acquisitions and divestitures of existing businesses, joint venture transactions, private equity fund formations and investments, equity issuances and redemptions, secured and unsecured commercial lending, equipment leasing and finance, and supply and distribution arrangements.

Jon regularly represents lenders and borrowers in commercial finance transactions. He has represented numerous companies, private equity sponsors and investors in capital formation transactions, including structuring and documenting venture capital and private equity investments, leveraged buy-out transactions, private equity sponsor-led business acquisitions, as well as opportunity zone fund formations and investments.

Jon regularly counsels clients in connection with pre-merger filings under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act, and on other federal antitrust compliance matters.

Jon has also assisted numerous clients, including several publicly held companies, with international business and transaction matters, including cross-border business acquisitions and divestitures, the formation and operation of international joint ventures, the preparation and negotiation of ocean cargo transportation agreements, the preparation and review of international trade compliance policies (e.g., U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the U.K. Bribery Act), merger clearance filings under foreign antitrust/competition laws, ITAR registrations and filings, CFIUS clearance filings, and other international transactions. Jon recently helped a client obtain an exemption from the U.S. tariffs on products imported from China that were enacted in 2018.  

As part of his general corporate practice, Jon counsels privately-held, for-profit companies, as well as nonprofit organizations, on corporate governance and compliance matters, including structuring transactions involving professional service entities, negotiating physician employment/service agreements and advising on corporate practice of medicine/optometry laws. Jon has also counseled numerous clients in Ohio liquor law matters, including the acquisition of Ohio liquor permits for retailers, distributors and manufacturers, as well as the negotiation of distribution agreements. Jon has also represented franchisees in various industries, and one of the largest franchisee associations in the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky region.

Professional and Community Involvement

American Bar Association

Ohio State Bar Association

Cincinnati Bar Association

Mount St. Joseph University, Board of Trustees

University Club of Cincinnati, Board of Governors (2011-2015), President and Chairman of the Executive Committee (2015)

Starfire Council of Greater Cincinnati, Inc., Trustee (2012-2014)

SmartMoney Community Services, Board of Directors & Secretary (2007-2011)

Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber's C-Change Program, Class of 2009

National Multiple Sclerosis Society 2011 Cincinnati Leadership Class

Awards & Recognition

Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, 2021-2024

Named to Ohio Leading Lawyers, 2024

Named to Cincy Leading Lawyers, 2023

Named to Ohio Rising Stars, 2010-2011, 2017-2021

Walter Rice Moot Court Competition Finalist (2004)

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News & Resources

Other Publications

"Killing Two Birds with One Stone - The Proper (Non)Application of Judicial Estoppel: Parker v. Wendy's International, Inc., 365 F.3d 1268 (11th Cir. 2004)" 30 U. DAYTON L. REV. 401 (2005), as republished in Estoppel - Theories and Applications, edited by S Ravi (Amicus Books - The Ifcai University Press 2008)


Blog Posts


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J.D., University of Dayton School of Law, 2006, Editor-in-Chief of Law Review, Moot Court

B.S., Miami University, 2003

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