L. James Juliano Jr.

L. James Juliano Jr.

Member Management Committee
juliano@nicola.com
Phone: (216) 621-7227

Jim Juliano specializes in general counsel services to small and closely held businesses, as well as public sector entities such as municipalities and school districts.  Mr. Juliano's practice includes business transactions, sports and entertainment, buy/sell agreements, real estate, labor, employment, civil litigation, and related matters. He publishes a sports law website at http://www.legallyspeakingonline.com. He also serves as a Pepper Pike city councilperson.

Principal Practice Areas

  • Sports and entertainment law
  • Business transactions
  • Buy/sell agreements
  • Litigation
  • Labor and employment issues
  • Labor
  • Real estate matters

General counsel services

  • Sports and entertainment ventures
  • Small and closely held businesses of various industries
  • Public sector entities, including municipalities and school districts

Representative Experience

  • Negotiated purchases and sales of minor league baseball teams and other privately held businesses
  • Represented parties in asset transactions, equity transfers and debt instruments
  • Represented minor league baseball teams in negotiations for stadium leases and transfers
  • Advised baseball team in connection with ballpark construction
  • Represented baseball teams in obtaining approvals from Minor League Baseball and the commissioner of Major League Baseball
  • Established operating and ownership entities for minor league baseball teams and other businesses
  • Negotiated naming rights and sponsorship agreements
  • Negotiated labor agreements and represented clients in labor disputes
  • Represented clients in civil litigation, including jury trials

Publications and Interviews

Speaking engagements

  • "Things You Can Do Now to Save Problems Later:  Off-Season Record Reviews That Will Keep You Out of Trouble," Bob Freitas Business Seminar and Workshop Series, Baseball Winter Meetings, Orlando, 2013
  • "Construction and Contractual Agreements: How to Maximize the Revenue of Sport and Entertainment Venues" (moderator), Cleveland State University Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, 2013
  • Cleveland Indians/MLB panel (moderator), symposium on “Cleveland and the Three Major Leagues: How the Recently Agreed NFL, NBA and MLB Collective Bargaining Agreements Will Help (or Hurt) Our Hometown Teams Win a Championship,” Cleveland State University Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, 2012
  • Amendments to the Americans with Disabilities Act, liability for crowd control and stadium railing heights (speaker), Northwest League board of directors, Baseball Winter Meetings, Dallas, 2011
  • "Sports and the Law: Negotiating and Drafting Sports Venue Agreements Seminar" (guest panelist and lecturer), Cleveland State University Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, 2011
  • "Legal Governance of the LPGA" (moderator), symposium on "The Legal Evolution of Professional Golf and Tennis," Cleveland State University Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, April 15, 2011
  • "Developments That Will Affect Your Team in 2011," Bob Freitas Business Seminar, Baseball Winter Meetings, Orlando, 2010
  • "Sponsorship and Naming Rights Agreements," Minor League Baseball Promotional Seminar, Las Vegas, Sept. 29, 2010
  • "Ballpark Leases, MiLB-Regulated Transactions, Liability Update," Bob Freitas Business Seminar, Baseball Winter Meetings, Indianapolis, 2009
  • "How the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 Affects Your Clubhouse; Ballpark Liability Update," Bob Freitas Business Seminar, Baseball Winter Meetings, Las Vegas, 2008
  • "Legally Speaking-A Fresh Look at Employment and Liability," Bob Freitas Business Seminar, Baseball Winter Meetings, Nashville, 2007
  • "Preventing Employment Pitfalls," Bob Freitas Business Seminar, Baseball Winter Meetings, Orlando, 2006
  • "Inside-the-Park Liability," Bob Freitas Business Seminar, Baseball Winter Meetings, Dallas, 2005

Qualifications and admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 1978
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, 1991
  • Supreme Court of Ohio, 1978

Memberships

Career

  • Nicola, Gudbranson & Cooper LLC, member (1994-present); Management Committee, member (2008-present)
  • Case Western Reserve University, adjunct professor of law (2012-present)
    • “Sports and the Law: Negotiation Strategies in Sports Management,” Great Lakes
    • Sports and Entertainment Academy (a joint program of the Case Western Reserve)
    • University and Cleveland State University law schools) (2012, 2013)
  • City of Pepper Pike, city councilperson (2014-present)
  • City of Cleveland Heights, assistant law director (1997-present)
  • L. James Juliano Jr. & Associates, owner (1982-1994)
  • Sole practitioner associated with private firms (1977-1982)

Education

Lexis Nexis

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