Michael S. Schiff, Esq.


As an experienced real estate executive and advisor, Mr. Schiff has structured and led the development of numerous real estate projects. Additionally, he has worked on many sophisticated and complex deals of all types with a focus on orchestrating the structure and closing of the transaction.

Prior to founding Schiff Capital, Mr. Schiff was the Executive Vice President of Schottenstein Property Group and Managing Director of Schottenstein Stores Corp. In that capacity, he handled numerous transactions across the United States and spent a significant amount of time in the Columbus and New York City real estate markets executing deals and building relationships for nearly all of the Schottenstein divisions. During the past 25 years, Mr. Schiff has worked on the purchase and sale of major corporations and properties totaling nearly a billion dollars.

Mr. Schiff is from the Columbus area and obtained his law degree from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis in 1986. Following law school, he worked directly for the late Jerome Schottenstein and then for Jay Schottenstein for over 25 years.


Joel M. Lilly


As COO & CFO of Schiff Capital, Mr. Lilly is responsible for managing the capital needs (debt and equity) for Schiff Capital’s existing and future investment portfolio, directing the acquisition and disposition of the company’s assets, and evaluating real estate development and unique business investment opportunities.

Prior to joining Schiff Capital, Mr. Lilly was the co-founder, COO, and CIO of TalentRooster.com, the premier provider of digital video technology for talent acquisition connecting job seekers with employers using state-of-the-art digital video profiles. While at TalentRooster Mr. Lilly managed the day-to-day operations of the company, directed business development opportunities, and implemented TalentRooster’s cutting-edge technology.

Mr. Lilly’s experience includes serving as VP of Finance and Development for Continental Real Estate, a national real estate development company. He directed the acquisition and disposition needs for the company and was responsible for securing financing for development projects as well as evaluating


James A. Jackson

Since joining Schiff Capital Group, Mr. Jackson has been actively involved in developing and expanding its hospitality division. Mr. Jackson has successfully formed strategic alliances with key members of Hilton, Starwood, Marriot, and Omni Hotels. Along with his client management duties, Mr. Jackson is involved with joint venture opportunities for the company. Prior to joining Schiff Capital Group, Mr. Jackson was an In-house development partner at Daimler Group, Inc.

During his 14 year tenure in the NBA, Mr. Jackson began his development career through a strategic partnership in Dallas to assist in the design and construction of many restaurants. Mr. Jackson continued to develop and redevelop commercial properties, including a newly constructed 5,000 square foot commercial building strategically located in Toledo’s Central City, a renovation of an existing commercial building in Downtown Toledo. Currently, Mr. Jackson is working on the redevelopment of the historical Toledo Edison Steam Plant located along the Maumee River in Toledo, Ohio. The Steam Plant project is a $30 million conversion of the historic structure into a multi-family and condominium housing.

Additionally, Mr. Jackson has been the lead in studio and color analyst for the Big Ten Network since its inception in 2007.

In 1991, Mr. Jackson was named freshman of the year as he led the Ohio State Buckeyes to the NCAA tournament. During his Sophomore and Junior seasons, Mr. Jackson was named Big Ten Player of the year and in 1992 was voted UPI National College Player of the Year. After a stellar college basketball career, Mr. Jackson declared for the 1992 NBA draft and was selected as the 4th overall pick by the Dallas Mavericks.

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Carol L. Lawson

Managing Director

Mrs. Lawson is a lifelong Buckeye, born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. Carol comes from an entrepreneurial family that was instrumental in the development in the modern day Homeowners and Condominium Association. As a small business owner of over 20 years, Carol has developed the financial background and analytical intellect to work with the Schiff Capital team to guide and organize their complex undertakings.

In her free time, Carol enjoys spending time with her four children and sailing with her husband.