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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 practices sports law and has spoken around the country on sports law issues.  He writes about sports business and law on his website, at https://www.legallyspeakingonline.com, and in his newsletter, Legally Speaking®.

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

Principal practice areas

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

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 for public and private entities
  • Labor disputes
  • Civil litigation including jury trials
  • Legislation for municipalities and school districts
  • Management of own law firm, of Nicola Gudbranson and Cooper, and of two different city law departments

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Career and educational background

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