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John P. Wilkerson, Jr. Retires from Carlile Patchen & Murphy LLP

This month, Carlile Patchen & Murphy staff and attorneys are celebrating the retirement of John P. Wilkerson, Jr. For 40 years, John has been an exceptional leader in the legal community, serving businesses and families throughout Central Ohio. He devoted his practice to counseling corporate banking, finance, and real estate clients through complex matters. 

In 1976, John received a Bachelor of Science in accounting from The Ohio State University. After graduation, he proceeded to Capital University Law School, completing his Juris Doctorate.  

Throughout his career, John was active in the legal and local communities. He served as in-house counsel at Buckeye Federal Savings and Loan Association for several years before joining CPM. John frequently lectured for the Columbus Bar Association (CBA) and the Ohio Legal Center Institute on lender’s counsel and real estate issues. He provided insight as a CBA Real Property Committee member and served on the Board of Trustees of The Discovery District Special Improvement District. He has been a devout member of his church community and lent his real estate expertise to help build a local church and campus. 

“John, congratulations on your well-deserved retirement! Thank you for your many years of dedicated service. Your good nature, humor and legal wisdom will be missed!”  Joe Patchen, Partner and Real Estate Law Practice Group Leader. 

As John ends this chapter and begins anew, we welcome colleagues, business partners, clients, and friends to comment below, congratulating him on his retirement. 


  1. Thank you for helping Brant Poling and me as we started our law firm and worked through our commercial leases. Your advice and kind words were priceless. Enjoy your family and retirement!

  2. Hey John!
    Congratulations on a well deserved retirement and thank you for all of your
    Support throughout my career!!

  3. John,
    Over the years, you not only became one of the attorneys that I would turn to for advice, but a friend. I will miss working with you on Epcon and other transactions. Good luck in retirement. Hope you get a chance to play more golf, travel, and do more with your grand kids. Get off the condominium board as soon as possible. Please keep in touch.


  4. John .. We will miss you ! You have been so helpful for so many Years ! Wishing You A Great Future ! Enjoy !!

  5. John, you were my “go to” for many years, helping me time and time again. I always appreciated your insights and friendship through the years. Enjoy this well deserved time of life with your family! Congratulations on your retirement!

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