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Jim Juliano specializes in general counsel services to small and closely held businesses as well as to public sector entities such as municipalities and school districts.  His practice includes business transactions, civil litigation, buy/sell agreements and real estate, labor, employment and related matters.

Jim also practices sports and entertainment law and has spoken around the country on sports law issues.  He writes about sports business and law on his website, at, and in his newsletter, Legally Speaking®.

Jim is a member of Pepper Pike City Council and city law director in Cleveland Heights.

Principal practice areas

  • Sports and entertainment law
  • Business transactions
  • Buy/sell agreements
  • Litigation
  • Labor and employment issues
  • Real estate matters
  • General counsel services for sports and entertainment ventures, small and closely held businesses of various industries and public sector entities, including municipalities and school districts

Representative experience

  • Negotiation of purchases and sales of minor league baseball teams and other privately held businesses
  • Representation of buyers and sellers in asset transactions, equity transfers and debt instruments
  • Counseling of baseball team in connection with ballpark construction
  • Representation of baseball teams in obtaining approvals from Minor League Baseball and the commissioner of Major League Baseball
  • Negotiation of labor agreements
  • Labor disputes
  • Civil litigation, including jury trials

Bar admissions

Career and educational background

  • Director of law, Cleveland Heights (2014-present); assistant director of law (1997-2014)
  • Lecturer, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University (2014-present)
  • Adjunct professor of law, Case Western Reserve University School of Law (2012-2014)
    • “Sports and the Law: Negotiation Strategies in Sports Management,” Great Lakes Sports and Entertainment Law Academy (a joint program of the Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland State University law schools)
  • Member, management committee, Nicola, Gudbranson & Cooper (2008-2016); member of the firm (1994-present)
  • Owner, L. James Juliano Jr. & Associates (1982-1994)
  • Sole practitioner associated with private firms (1977-1982)
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law (JD, 1977)
  • Case Western Reserve University (BA, English, 1974)

Professional and civic activities

Publications and interviews

Speaking engagements