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Joel Allen Holt

Real estate Attorney at Kent, OH

5.0   3 reviews
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State OH
    Acquired 2005
    Active No misconduct found

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About Joel

Learn Joel’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Business
    Practices in all areas of business law: contracts, transactions, Stock and Asset purchases, corporate formation and governance, business planning, information/cyber security, and employment related matters.

    17 years

  2. Estate planning
    Prepares wills, trusts, powers of attorney, living wills, health care powers of attorney, and all general estate planning issues.

    17 years

  3. Litigation
    An experienced and effective civil litigator. Able to litigate cases in State and Federal Courts. Focuses litigation practice in business, commercial, real estate, employment and contractual matters.

    17 years

  4. Real estate
    Practices in all areas of real estate: residential and commercial sales, residential and commercial lease, easements, zoning, real estate litigation, land contracts, notes and mortgages, and transfers of property.

    17 years

  5. Licensing
    Involved heavily in the new medical cannabis industry, including business planning, corporate governance, license applications, and regulatory matters.

    17 years

  6. Commercial real estate

    17 years

  7. Contracts and agreements

    17 years

  8. Corporate and incorporation

    17 years

  9. Lawsuits and disputes

    17 years

  10. Limited liability company (LLC)

    17 years

  11. Privacy

    17 years

  12. Residential real estate

    17 years

Joel A. Holt is an attorney and privacy professional, concentrating his practice in the areas of information security and privacy, corporate governance and transactions, and civil litigation. Attorney Holt has a broad range of legal experience, including civil and commercial litigation, appellate advocacy, corporate formation and governance, securities law, commercial and residential real estate transactions, copyright and trademark, corporate transactions including asset and stock purchases, and private financing transactions.

Attorney Holt is a founding Member of ICKES\HOLT and is committed to providing clients with practical, well-reasoned, and compassionate advice.

Attorney Holt graduated from the University of Akron School of Law, magna cum laude, in 2005. Attorney Holt is a prolific writer and has several publications to his credit.  Attorney Holt has been a staff attorney for the Ohio Ninth District Court of Appeals, as well as and an adjunct professor at the University of Akron School of Law and Hiram College.  Attorney Holt is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, where he served with honor and distinction.

Prior to practicing law, Attorney Holt proudly served in the United States Air Force. Attorney Holt served with distinction, earning the Air Force Achievement Medal for Meritorious Service and the Humanitarian Service Medal. Attorney Holt received an honorable discharge in 2002 upon his acceptance to law school.

Hailing from the Twin Ports of Duluth, MN / Superior, WI, Attorney Holt has resided in Northeast Ohio since 2002. He is active in civic and church activities, including sitting on the Legal Committee of The Daughter Project, a non-profit recovery home for adolescent victims of human trafficking.

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Ickes & Holt LLC
217 N Water St Ste E
Kent, OH, 44240-2465


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Posted by John | August 9, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great attorney and advisor
I retained Joel to help me defend my daughter and I from a civil suit involving a college apartment rental. He's very down to earth, communicates well, and was always looking out for our interests first. Cost was as issue and so he emphasized a common sense approach that allowed the matter to get resolved without spending more necessary. I would hire him again for any civil matter.
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Posted by Joseph | August 2, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Joel Holt
I have had the pleasure to work with Joel on multiple occasions. About 10 years ago he worked for my firm and provided exceptional service to the clients and excellent analytical work that was of critical help in the complex matters. He has outstanding expertise in insurance law, business law of all types, the other areas he discusses in his bio and now he has entered a role as a high level person of expertise in Cybersecurity, privacy and related areas of breach law. I highly recommend Joel without reservation. I would hire him for any of these matters again.
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Posted by anonymous | August 2, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
The Best Lawyer I have ever Hired. A+.
I write from the perspective of someone who has not only hired half a dozen lawyers in prior years, but as someone who is now in law school. In short, I have been around many lawyers. There are many fine lawyers and so a lawyer who does a good job for a client doesn't necessarily stand out. Thus, while I would give a good review to many lawyers, Mr. Holt is the only lawyer to whom I would give an unqualified five-star review; not only is he an exceptional lawyer, but he is someone who genuinely cares for his clients. I have sat here for a while debating the best way to explain my opinion of Mr. Holt without digressing into either a list of commonly-used adjectives that could be written about anyone (and by anyone), or into the multiple ways that he has consistently exceeded expectations as my lawyer for the past five years. I think the following most accurately conveys my sentiments: Despite being a profession that is the recipient of more than its fair share of jokes and pessimism, a lawyer -- at his or her best -- has a higher calling. The lawyer is a champion of the rule of law and a zealous advocate for his or her client. In these roles, a lawyer necessarily inhabits a special position of trust and should be deeply mindful of the fact that his or her efforts may profoundly affect the lives of other people. The best of lawyers recognize these facts and thus they do not approach the practice of law as merely a job. And so, when I think about these facts within the context of soon embarking on my own legal career, I cannot think of a better embodiment of the virtues that all lawyers should strive toward than Mr. Holt. He therefore has my unqualified highest recommendation.
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AVVO RATING 7.6 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Ickes & Holt LLC
  • 2016 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Williams, Kratcoski & Can
  • 2011 - 2015
  • Ass’t Director of Career Planning and Placement
  • University Of Akron School Of Law
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Attorney
  • Joseph D. Carney & Associates
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Attorney
  • Brennan, Manna & Diamond, LLC
  • 2007 - 2009
  • Judicial Attorney for the Honorable Beth Whitmore
  • Ohio State Court of Appeals, Ninth District
  • 2005 - 2007
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  • University of Akron, C. Blake McDowell Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • University of Phoenix
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2002

Legal Cases

  • Taking on Amazon
  • Pending
  • Ohio Medical Marijuana Cultivator
  • Pending


  • Portage County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • International Association of Privacy Professionals
  • 2016


  • NALP Bulletin, Vol. 23, No. 8
  • 7 Steps to Creating a Great True First Impression
  • 2011
  • Akron Law Review, Vol. 38, Number 2 at page 413
  • The Sins of the Father: An Analysis of United States v. White Mountain Apache Tribe and Suggestions for True Reparation
  • 2005

Speaking Engagements

  • All Ohio Counselors Conference
  • Lead From the Front: Information Security and Privacy for Mental Health Professionals
  • 2017
  • Software Licensing and SaaS Agreements
  • Cyber & Information Security
  • 2017
  • National Business Institute: Cybersecurity Webinar
  • Cybersecurity Webinar Panelist
  • 2016
  • Ohio Association for Justice: Data Breach Litigation Webinar
  • Data Breach Litigation Webinar Panelist
  • 2016
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Kent Real estate Lawyer Joel Allen Holt
Joel Allen Holt
Real estate Attorney
Kent, OH
Licensed for 17 years
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