Jack A. Bjerke

Partner

Columbus
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Overview

Jack Bjerke practices in the areas of business and securities law and has specific skill in oil and gas law. Jack also has unique experience in the auto racing industry. For more than 40 years, he has counseled and represented teams, drivers, sponsors and sanctioning bodies. Because Jack is responsive to his clients’ needs and quickly delves into whatever issues are facing them, he has developed lasting relationships.

Jack has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 2006 in the area of Corporate Law.

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  • Represented four private companies in three different industries in their initial public offerings through listing on the New York Stock Exchange. Provided counsel on all phases of corporate governance, deal structure and fundraising.
  • Represented a public company during its acquisition by a public Canadian corporation, advising on all aspects of the sale. Resolved federal and local tax and securities issues related to a domestic company’s evolvement into a Canadian entity listed in both jurisdictions (TSX and NASDAQ Bulletin Board).
  • Represented a public oil and gas client in California selling all its assets. Advised client on best selling practices and structured liquidation of the company.
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Experience

  • Represented four private companies in three different industries in their initial public offerings through listing on the New York Stock Exchange. Provided counsel on all phases of corporate governance, deal structure and fundraising.
  • Represented a public company during its acquisition by a public Canadian corporation, advising on all aspects of the sale. Resolved federal and local tax and securities issues related to a domestic company’s evolvement into a Canadian entity listed in both jurisdictions (TSX and NASDAQ Bulletin Board).
  • Represented a public oil and gas client in California selling all its assets. Advised client on best selling practices and structured liquidation of the company.
  • Negotiated lease of rights to explore the Utica Shale Play in Ohio, including drilling participation agreements, as part of representation of oil and gas clients in Ohio.
  • Represents high-profile drivers and teams in the auto racing business. Manages drivers’ obligations with sponsors, media and race teams, and counsels on licensing of intellectual property rights. Handles representation of race teams, including those who have won the Indianapolis 500 five times and the 24 Hours of Daytona once, as well as representation related to all aspects of their business.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • The Legal 500 United States (2017)
    • Recommended in Industry focus - Sport
  • The Best Lawyers in America (2006 to 2018)
    • Columbus: Corporate Law
      • Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year" (2015, 2018)
  • Martindale-Hubbell: AV Preeminent

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Columbus Bar Association

Community

  • Easter Seals: Board of Directors

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, 1971
  • Ohio, 1970

Education

  • J.D., Case Western Reserve University School of Law, 1970
  • B.S., Wittenberg University, 1967