<em>Legally</em> <strong>Speaking</strong>


Background and experience—Jim Juliano

Primary practice areas  

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

  • 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

  • Quoted, "The lowdown on unpaid internship programs," HR Magazine, November 2010
  • Quoted, “Owning multiple sports teams in one city: good or bad?” Joel Hammond SportsBiz blog, crainscleveland.com, Oct. 6, 2010
  • Author, "As Opening Day nears, ballpark liability issues to remember,"       Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal, Volume 12, Issue 46, March 22–28, 2010
  • Author, Legally Speaking® newsletter, 2004–present

Speaking engagements  

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


  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Sports Lawyers Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
    • Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association


  • Nicola, Gudbranson & Cooper LLC, member (1994–present); Management Committee, member (2008–2016)
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, lecturer (2014–2016)
  • Case Western Reserve University, adjunct professor of law (2012–2014; 2017–)
  • City of Pepper Pike, council member (2014-present)
  • City of Cleveland Heights, director of law (2014–present); assistant director of law (1997–2014)
  • L. James Juliano Jr. & Associates, owner (1982–1994)
  • Sole practitioner associated with private firms (1977–1982)


  • J.D., Case Western Reserve University  (1977)
  • B.A., Case Western Reserve University (1974)



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