John H. Brannen

Jack is the Chair of Day Ketterer’s Non-Profit & Foundations Law Practice Group and former chair of the firm’s Business Law Practice Group. He serves as a trusted business advisor to corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, and non-profits throughout Ohio in governance, mergers, acquisitions, securities and transactional law matters.

Through his non-profit law practice Jack has worked with individuals, foundations, and local philanthropists in the creation and operation of numerous not-for-profit and tax exempt organizations. Jack has worked with various non-profits throughout Ohio with filing for 501(c)(3) and other types of tax-exempt status, compliance issues, and funding concerns, including tax-exempt bonds. He has also advised these non-profits when facing governance, contract, real estate, and other matters confronting for-profit and non-profit businesses alike.

As a business lawyer, Jack has assisted a number of Ohio institutions in entity formation, mergers and acquisitions, and securities law. Jack advises both public and private companies in a variety of securities matters, including private offerings of equity and debt instruments.

He works closely with his clients to help protect their assets while keeping in mind the tax implications of various business entities. Once a business is formed, Jack guides clients through the day-to-day concerns faced by business owners and assists in the legal issues faced by a small business owner.


  • Filing for and assisting with the administration of self-tender offers in a successful “going private” transaction for a publicly held issuer
  • Preparing and updating S-8 registration statement for an employer’s stock which was an available option for employee pension plans
  • Creating documentation for a $1.5 million Regulation A debenture offering
  • Preparing S-3 registration statement for a $500,000 secondary offering
  • Preparing filings, private placement memoranda, and forms for administrative recordkeeping for various private placement offerings (primarily under Rule 506) of both equity and debt securities ranging up to $1.15 million
  • Assisting with periodic reporting and compliance with other 1934 Act filing requirements, including preparation of Regulation 14A proxy materials
  • Representing university-beneficiary in offering of $15.555 million educational facility revenue bonds in a county Port Authority issue
  • Representing university-beneficiary of $1.84 million demand revenue bonds (Series B) in a $21.6 million total issue by the Ohio Higher Educational Facility Commission
  • Handling stock and asset acquisitions of privately held businesses, mergers, and spin-offs of business segments, including $32 million acquisition of thrift institution by national bank
  • Representing clients in acquisition of one tax-exempt charitable organization by another in mergers and asset purchases and in transactions in which the acquiring organization becomes the sole member of the acquired organization


  • Stark County Law Library Resources Board, Member
  • Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland and East Central Ohio, Inc., Board Member and past President
  • Heritage Housing Inc., Secretary
  • Canton Chapter of American Guild of Organists
  • Rotary Club of Canton, Member and former Trustee
  • Goodwill Industries International, Board of Directors, past Member
  • Stark County Bar Association Corporate Law Committee, Chair


  • States of Ohio and Florida
  • Stark County Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • The Florida Bar


  • University of Michigan Law School, Juris Doctor, cum laude, 1975
  • Ohio University, Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, 1972

To reach Jack please e-mail him at or call him directly at 330.458.2022