Walt Holzer focuses on complex business transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, buyouts, recapitalizations, divestitures, venture capital and growth equity investing, and executive compensation. He has handled numerous transactions in a wide variety of industries for private equity, family office and strategic clients.

Praised by clients for his "pragmatic approach, business acumen and sector knowledge" and his "expertise…and commerciality" and "valuable understanding of the most important areas of a deal," Walt has been recognized in multiple publications for his extensive experience in transactional work, including by The Best Lawyers in America® for work in Corporate Law in 2024, IFLR1000 as a “Notable Practitioner” in Private Equity every year from 2019–2024, The Legal 500 U.S. for Private Equity Buyouts every year from 2008–2013, 2015–2016 and 2018–2019, by Chambers USA as one of America's Leading Lawyers for Business in Corporate/M&A: Private Equity every year from 2009–2020, and by Lawdragon as one of the 500 Leading Dealmakers in America every year from 2021–2023. Walt has also been listed in PLC Which Lawyer? and Super Lawyers.


Thought Leadership


Speaker, State of the M&A Market: An Update from the Front Lines, New York, NY (June 28, 2016)


Walt has been recognized as a leader in his field by: 

  • The Best Lawyers in America® (2024) for work in Corporate Law;

  • IFLR1000 (2019–2024) as a “Notable Practitioner” in Private Equity; 

  • Chambers USA (2009–2020) in the area of Corporate/M&A: Private Equity;

  • The Legal 500 U.S. (2008–2013, 2015–2016, 2018–2019) as highly recommended for Corporate/M&A: Private Equity buyouts/middle market;

  • Lawdragon “500 Leading Dealmakers in America,” (2021 and 2022); 

  • PLC Which Lawyer? (2010); and by

  • Super Lawyers as an "Ohio Rising Star" (2005 and 2006).


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2009, Illinois
  • 1995, Ohio (inactive)


  • Capital UniversityJ.D.magna cum laude1995

    Order of the Barristers

    Order of the Curia

    Associate Editor, Law Review

    National Moot Court Team

  • The Ohio State UniversityB.S.1991