Jason (Jake) J. Blake

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Columbus, OH

Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP
1200 Huntington Center, 41 South High St.
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-621-7789
Fax: 614-621-0010
Selected to Rising Stars: 2015 - 2021
Licensed Since: 2011
Practice Areas: Business Litigation (40%), Construction Litigation: Business (20%), Insurance Coverage (20%), Aviation and Aerospace (10%), Business/Corporate (10%)
Attorney Profile

Jake Blake focuses his practice on business, corporate and commercial litigation, primarily in the areas of construction law, business torts, insurance coverage and aviation.

Jake’s primary focus is providing his construction clients with start-to-finish legal services. Whether it’s negotiating construction documents, navigating the many pitfalls of “challenged” projects, or being a fierce advocate if and when a dispute arises, Jake has the technical and practical expertise to get the best result for his clients.

Jake is also an experienced commercial litigator and has handled all aspects of complex litigation in state and federal courts, representing clients based in the United States and abroad. He has significant experience at both the trial court and appellate levels.

Jake possesses both the creativity and legal acumen to efficiently solve his clients’ problems. He has ample experience in formal and informal dispute resolution and always strives to find unique solutions that fit his clients’ needs.

Prior to beginning his legal career, Jake served as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Army where he completed two combat tours in Iraq with the 25th Infantry Division.

About Jason (Jake) J. Blake

Admitted: 2011, Ohio

Professional Webpage: https://www.calfee.com/professionals-jake-blake


  • The FAA has recently increased its scrutiny of flights conducted by individuals who lease aircraft. Last week they proposed a $1 million fine against an operator who was flying passengers under what it called a series of dry leases. FAA took a different view of the operation and considered it to be a charter program, not a leasing concept., A Legitimate Lease Or an Illegal Charter?, Aviation
  • Business aviation got its start in the late 1960s. In that era, business airplanes were primarily the Beechcraft Model 18, commonly referred to as the Twin Beech (Beech 18), and various models of Aero Commanders. There were other models, but those were the most widely used aircraft. They were piston engine airplanes with cruising speeds in the neighborhood of 180 knots., The Changing Face of Business Aviation, Aviation
  • Now that the Ohio Department of Health has extended through May 1 the Stay-at Home-Order issued on March 22, 2020, which directs all non-essential businesses and operations in Ohio to cease all activities except minimum basic operations, many of these businesses may be facing contractual obligations that simply cannot be performed. Products cannot be delivered, services cannot be performed, and sports and entertainment productions have gone dark. From the airline industry to travel and tourism, to factory shutdowns and associated supply chain issues, to local restaurants and bars either shuttered or providing take-out only, there may be few, if any, businesses that remain untouched., Excusing Contractual Performance Issues Arising From COVID-19: Force Majeure and the Related Doctrines of Impossibility and Frustration


  • Successfully defended a foreign government against claims worth over $1 billion in a five-week trial in federal court.
  • Obtaining a $27.8 million judgment in a bank fraud proceeding on summary judgment.
  • Achieving the dismissal of a complaint for fraud and breach of fiduciary duty against a multinational financial services corporation.
  • Obtaining the dismissal of a complaint seeking $10 million for alleged RICO violations.
  • Negotiating favorable settlements in numerous collective actions.
  • Obtaining summary judgment dismissing an ERISA action against a fund’s former business manager.
  • Obtaining appellate reversal of a trial court’s entry of a temporary restraining order in a case involving the sale of a $30 million business.
  • Helping a local, small business recover over $1 million in funds stolen by its former president and CEO.
  • Obtaining the dismissal of a complaint for breach of contract and recovering over $750,000 for the settlement of the client’s counterclaims against its former supplier.
  • Assisting owners and tenants in numerous commercial real estate transactions and disputes.
  • Representing owners in administrative proceedings before local tax authorities and the Board of Tax Appeals.
  • Representing craft brewers in disputes over distribution rights under the Ohio Alcoholic Beverage Franchise Act.
  • Obtaining over $1 million in unpaid change orders on behalf of a design-builder for a public construction project.
  • Avoiding millions of dollars of liquidated damages claimed by the State of Ohio against a client.
  • Obtaining a $200,000 judgment against a subcontractor who committed fraud.
  • Drafting and negotiating various construction contracts and documents in both public and private projects.
  • Assisting project owners and contractors in numerous actions involving lien rights, delay claims and negligence actions.
  • Assisting contractors in assembling and submitting bids for public construction contracts.
  • Advising clients on safety regulations and contractual obligations during COVID-19.
  • Defending aircraft owners and aircraft service providers against accident claims.
  • Assisting airports and fixed base operators with various legal needs, including lease agreements, litigation and other business transactions.
  • Assisting aviation maintenance facilities and operators to enforce and protect their lien rights.

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • Builders Exchange of Central Ohio, Member, 2021
  • Ohio Aviation Association, Member, 2021

Educational Background

  • J.D., cum laude, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Chief Articles Editor, Ohio State Law Journal, 2011
  • B.A. in History, cum laude, Stetson University, 2003

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Law Clerk to the Hon. Jack Zouhary, U.S. District Judge, Northern District of Ohio, 2012


  • Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law, Best Lawyers: Ones To Watch, 2021
  • Ohio Rising Stars, Ohio Super Lawyers, 2021

Industry Groups

  • Aviation
  • Banking
  • Construction
  • Financial Services
  • Food And Beverage
  • Government
  • Insurance
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Office Location for Jason (Jake) J. Blake

1200 Huntington Center
41 South High St.
Columbus, OH 43215

Last Updated: 2/22/2021

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