Joseph J.Zelasko (Joe)


Columbus + 1.614.281.3810

Joe Zelasko represents clients in the resolution of complex commercial litigation and significant government investigations. While much of his work involves businesses in the construction space, Joe has represented a wide variety of clients including financial corporations, universities, and health care providers. Joe also has significant experience helping clients mitigate liability concerns stemming from the coronavirus pandemic.

Joe maintains an active pro bono practice focused on immigration law. He has represented individual clients and an immigrant justice organization before the immigration courts and the United States Courts of Appeals. Joe also counsels a number of pro bono clients on matters related to the COVID-19 pandemic.


  • Wells Fargo-led syndicate of lenders successfully negotiate secured $1.1 billion restructuring credit facility for Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PREIT)Jones Day represented Wells Fargo Bank, National Association (“Wells Fargo”), as administrative agent, in connection with the Chapter 11 financial reorganization plan of Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (“PREIT”), a publicly traded real estate investment trust that owns and manages a portfolio of shopping malls totaling over 23 million square feet of retail space.
  • Venezuelan cousins fleeing political persecution win withholding of removalOn March 17, Jones Day obtained withholding of removal for pro bono clients S and O, twenty-year-old cousins who had been persecuted by the Maduro regime in Venezuela.