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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  

  • Legal Round Table, Mid America Conference of the American Federation of Musicians (panelist), 2014
  • Things You Can Do Now to Save Problems Later: Off-Season Record Reviews That Will Keep You Out of Trouble” (speaker), 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" (speaker), Bob Freitas Business Seminar, Baseball Winter Meetings, Orlando, 2010
  • Sponsorship and Naming Rights Agreements” (speaker), Minor League Baseball Promotional Seminar, Las Vegas, Sept. 29, 2010
  • Ballpark Leases, MiLB-Regulated Transactions, Liability Update” (speaker), Bob Freitas Business Seminar, Baseball Winter Meetings, Indianapolis, 2009
  • How the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 Affects Your Clubhouse; Ballpark Liability Update” (speaker), Bob Freitas Business Seminar, Baseball Winter Meetings, Las Vegas, 2008
  • “Legally Speaking—A Fresh Look at Employment and Liability” (speaker), Bob Freitas Business Seminar, Baseball Winter Meetings, Nashville, 2007
  • “Preventing Employment Pitfalls” (speaker), Bob Freitas Business Seminar, Baseball Winter Meetings, Orlando, 2006
  • “Inside-the-Park Liability” (speaker), 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

  • 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

Career 

  • Nicola, Gudbranson & Cooper LLC, member (1994–present); Management Committee, member (2008–present)
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, lecturer (2014–present);
  • Case Western Reserve University, adjunct professor 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)
  • City of Pepper Pike, councilperson (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)

Education 

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

 

 
 
 
 
 

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