J. Jeffrey McNealey - Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP
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J. Jeffrey McNealey

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1989

Mr. McNealey has extensive experience assisting local, regional and national clients in the acquisition and development of industrial, commercial and multifamily properties, with a focus on zoning and land use planning matters, annexation, integration with regional or local governmental plans, environmental licensing, and compliance with zoning and environmental regulations. Mr. McNealey assists with various types of tax abatements, incentive and other governmental programs, and deals with local citizen group demands that may arise in connection with real estate and industrial developments. He has creatively solved precedent setting environmental air and water permitting cases, saving more than two thousand jobs. He has been involved in many multi-million dollar Brownfield redevelopments as a means of “cutting the Gordian knot” of seemingly endless Superfund litigation. Mr. McNealey has successfully integrated political lobbying with environmental enforcement defense to gain leverage on behalf of the clients. Integrating his broad private sector representation, Mr. McNealey routinely consults with municipal, county, and township governmental units to help them efficiently and expeditiously resolve challenges that are becoming increasingly similar to those challenges facing the private sector. With a business focus on environmental issues, Mr. McNealey has served since 1985 as a Director of TRC Companies (NYSE), an international environmental and engineering consulting firm. Most recently, he has served as Lead Director. Since 1971, he has served as a Director and Counsel to the Columbus-based Smoot Corporation, one of the nation’s largest minority-owned contracting firms.

For more than 20 years, Mr. McNealey has been named in The Best Lawyers in America® in the area of Environmental Law and also recently in Real Estate Law. He has been recognized for many years in Chambers USA® (environment and real estate zoning and land use). Chambers USA® refers to him as the “Senior Statesman” of Ohio environmental lawyers. In addition, Mr. McNealey has been recognized by the publishers of Law & Politics and Cincinnati Magazine as an Ohio Super Lawyer® for a number of years. He lectures regularly in local and regional seminars and at the OSU Knowlton School of Architecture, City and Regional Planning and annually at the OSU Moritz College of Law. Mr. McNealey also lectured in December of 1995 to judges in Ukraine on behalf of USAID with regard to U.S. environmental laws, and in June, 2006 on urban planning at the Leibniz Institute of Ecological and Regional Development, Dresden, Germany. In 2009, Mr. McNealy chaired the Friends of Metro Parks which supported the successful 10 year tax levy funding the Franklin County Metropolitan Park District.

Cornell UniversityBA 1966Ohio State University College of LawJ.D. 1969
TRC Companies (TRR)

Client Comments

"Jeff McNealey with Porter Wright Morris & Arthur has quite effectively handled a number of business expansion evaluations in an extremely professional manner for our company. Jeff's insight and experience have proven invaluable in managing a number of opportunities for our company. He effectively constructs great models of evaluation, while maintaining a strong adherence to sound environmental principles. I would highly recommend Jeff regarding any expansionary efforts within the industrial marketplace."

"Jeff is able to make the complicated issues understandable on a common sense basis with the people on our commission, boards, and committees. He always addresses the matters with practical solutions in mind."

-Bill Jenkins
City Manager
City of Gallipolis, Ohio

Office Location

Huntington Center
41 South High Street
Columbus, OH 43215-6194
United States

Practice Areas

Environmental Law (Administrative/Regulatory, Clean Water Act, Counseling, Environmental Cleanup, Environmental Permitting, Industry, Land Use and Zoning, Real Estate, Superfunds/Environmental Remediation, Wetlands)
Land Use and Zoning Law (Administrative, Environmental, Government Relations, Land Use, Litigation, Master Planned Communities, Real Estate, Zoning)

Other Information

Gender: Male