Jeffrey D.Litle (Jeff)


Columbus + 1.614.281.3886

Jeff Litle is trusted by clients to guide them through their most important M&A and commercial transactions. His practice focuses on corporate transactions, including public and private M&A, bankruptcy dispositions, joint ventures and strategic alliances, corporate finance, and significant commercial transactions. Jeff regularly advises clients in the health care, automotive, manufacturing, telecommunications, metals and mining, consumer products, and distribution industries. He heads the Firm's corporate practice in Columbus.

Representative matters include: Cardinal Health's acquisition of a majority stake in naviHealth, its acquisitions of Curaspan Health Group, RightCare Solutions, Tradex International and substantially all of the assets of Navidea Biopharmaceuticals, and the sale of its physician office business to Henry Schein; Reynolds American's $27.4 billion acquisition of Lorillard and concurrent $7 billion divestiture of competitive assets to Imperial Tobacco; Materion's $375 million senior secured credit facility and over $460 million in precious metal financings; L Brands' (Victoria's Secret and Bath & Body Works) international expansion and strategic relationships; and Patrón Spirits' worldwide distribution network for premium tequilas and other beverages. Jeff also represented Molycorp on its vertical mine-to-magnets integration strategy, including the company's $1.3 billion acquisition of Neo Material Technologies, its $390 million private placement of stock to a strategic foreign investor, its $100 million acquisition of a European alloy processor, its joint venture with Mitsubishi and Daido Steel, and its $1.8 billion bankruptcy restructuring.

Jeff is a frequent speaker on corporate topics and is recognized in The Best Lawyers in America for Mergers & Acquisitions.


  • Materion to acquire H.C. Starck's electronic materials portfolio for $380 millionJones Day is advising Materion Corporation, a world leader in high performing advanced materials, on its acquisition of H.C. Starck Solutions' industry-leading, electronic materials business, located in Newton, Massachusetts ("HCS-Electronic Materials") for $380 million.
  • Cardinal Health and TerraPower announce manufacturing and distribution agreement for Actinium-225Jones Day advised Cardinal Health, Inc. in its strategic alliance with TerraPower to advance the next generation of cancer treatment.
  • CBC Companies participates in minority investment in SoftWorks AIJones Day advised CBC Companies, Inc. in its participation in a minority investment in SoftWorks AI, provider of the Trapeze intelligent mortgage automation platform, led by Long Ridge Equity Partners.
  • Ohio Transmission acquires JCI IndustriesJones Day advised Ohio Transmission in its acquisition of JCI Industries, a leading provider of pumps, motors, controls, field service and remanufacturing to commercial, industrial and environmental customers throughout the Midwest.
  • L Brands announces partnership with Next PLC for Victoria's Secret UKJones Day represented L Brands, Inc. in its partnership with Next PLC for its company-owned Victoria's Secret business in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
  • VUMC to acquire Tennova Shelbyville and Tullahoma Hospitals from Community Health Systems, Inc., and acquire minority interest in Tennova Clarksville HospitalJones Day is advising Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) in its acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Tennova Healthcare-Shelbyville, a 60-bed hospital located in Shelbyville, Tennessee, and Tennova Healthcare-Harton, a 135-bed hospital located in Tullahoma, Tennessee, from subsidiaries of Community Health Systems.
  • SunPower closes sponsored spin-off of solar panel production operationsJones Day advised SunPower Corporation (NASDAQ: SPWR), one of North America's largest solar-panel makers, in a sponsored spin-off of its solar panel production operations into a new public company – Maxeon Solar Technologies – which will be headquartered in Singapore.
  • Cardinal Health sold minority ownership in NaviHealth, Inc. to OptumHealthJones Day advised Cardinal Health, Inc. in the sale of its minority ownership interest in NaviHealth, Inc. to UnitedHealth Group Incorporated's OptumHealth.
  • Ohio Transmission acquires Laron Inc.Jones Day advised Ohio Transmission in its acquisition of Laron Inc., a leading provider of mechanical and electric motor repair and engineering services in the southwestern United States.
  • Ohio Transmission acquires Keller ElectricalJones Day advised Ohio Transmission Corporation in its acquisition of Keller Electrical, a provider of industrial electrical services, equipment, components and supplies serving the southwestern United States.
  • Ohio Transmission acquires Pumps, Parts and Service, Inc.Jones Day advised Ohio Transmission Corporation in its acquisition of Pumps, Parts and Service, Inc., an industrial pump and repair company with service locations in the Southeast United States.
  • Ohio Transmission acquires Furey Filter & Pump and PSI EngineeringJones Day advised Ohio Transmission Corporation in its acquisition of Furey Filter & Pump and PSI Engineering.
  • Ohio Transmission acquires Filter and Coating TechnologyJones Day advised Ohio Transmission Corporation in its acquisition of Filter and Coating Technology, Inc., a provider of equipment and filters and related consulting services to manufacturers with paint, finishing, adhesives, and coating operations.
  • Nationwide Mutual acquires Farmland MutualJones Day advised the Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Farmland Mutual Insurance Company Inc. in its acquisition by Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company.
  • Ohio Transmission acquires Tape Industrial Sales, Inc.Jones Day advised Ohio Transmission Corporation in its acquisition of Tape Industrial Sales, Inc., a company specializing in supplying manufacturers with paint, powder and sealant/adhesive application and fluid management equipment.
  • Babcock & Wilcox sells two Florida energy-from-waste facilities to CovantaJones Day advised Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises, Inc. in its sale of a subsidiary with the operating and maintenance contracts for two Energy-from-Waste (EfW) facilities in Palm Beach County, Florida to a subsidiary of Covanta Holding Corporation.
  • Cardinal Health sells majority stake in NaviHealth to Clayton, Dubilier & RiceJones Day advised Cardinal Health, Inc. (NYSE: CAH) in the sale of a majority stake in its NaviHealth business to funds managed by Clayton, Dubilier & Rice.
  • ProMedica Health and Welltower complete acquisition of HCR ManorCare and Quality Care properties for $4.4 billionJones Day served as lead antitrust counsel for both ProMedica Health Systems, Inc. and HCR ManorCare, Inc., and co-counsel for ProMedica on other complex corporate, bankruptcy, and regulatory issues, in this first of its kind partnership and acquisition.
  • Fairmount Santrol and Unimin merge creating CoviaJones Day advised Fairmount Santrol in its merger with Unimin Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of SCR-Sibelco NV, in a tax-free, cash and stock transaction, creating a leader in proppant and industrial materials solutions.
  • Ohio Transmission acquires Crimson ElectricJones Day advised Ohio Transmission Corporation, a large industrial distributor and service provider, in connection with its acquisition of Crimson Electric, Inc., a leading electrical apparatus service center in the Carolinas, specializing in electro-mechanical apparatus services and repair for AC/DC motors, servo motors, pumps, gear reducers, and more.
  • Additional Publications

    • Second Quarter 2008
      Deal Lawyers Take Note: How Successor Liability For Export Violations Can Spoil Your Deal, Jones Day M&A Matters
    • November 6, 2006
      Two-Step Transactions Coming Back into Fashion: Reappraisal of the Best-Price Rule Could Revive a Once-popular Form of Corporate Courtship, coauthor, National Law Journal

    Speaking Engagements

    • November 11, 2013
      Jones Day hosts LCLD Group Mentoring Sessions for first year law students at Ohio State University and Capital Law School
    • November 2012
      Jones Day hosts LCLD Group Mentoring Sessions for First Year Law Students at Ohio State University and Capital Law School