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Wickliffe: 440.516.1010  Chardon:440.285.7750

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Wickliffe Office 
30432 Euclid Avenue 
Suite 101 
Wickliffe, OH 44092 
Phone: 440-516-1010 
Fax: 440-516-1011 
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Ashtabula Office 
26 S. Chestnut Street

Jefferson, OH 44047

Phone: 440-536-4530

Fax: 440-536-4149
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Chardon Office 
401 South Street 
Suite 2B 
Chardon, OH 44024 
Phone: 440-285-7750 
Fax: 440-285-7749
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Cleveland Office 
55 Public Square 
Suite 1616 
Cleveland, Ohio 44113 

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We have offices in Wickliffe, Cleveland, Ashtabula and Chardon for your convenience

I pride myself on providing quality legal representation to ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. My professional philosophy is to be a caring and relatable PERSON first, and a professional, dependable, straightforward advisor and advocate second. 

As to anticipated results, I will never make a promise I cannot keep. Conversely, I always deliver on any commitments made. I believe that preparation and timeliness breed success, so I am more likely to be an hour early than a minute late. As a first-generation college graduate in my family, I have great appreciation for the value of hard work. Accordingly, I relate best to those who strive for success in their personal and professional lives - and especially those who achieve it despite sometimes-challenging personal circumstances. 

For the 10 years prior to my entering the practice of law, I managed a bar association lawyer referral service. In the process, I built a network of 300+ experienced and trusted attorney colleagues. If a client's situation is one I am not myself best-equipped to handle, I have many experienced practitioners in all areas of law to refer to and work with to help you achieve the best result. Think of a consult with me as a 'legal checkup' - together, we can diagnose and address almost ANY legal issues you are facing in life.

Among my practice areas, I am perhaps most passionate about representing professional and occupational license holders. Professionals are real people, too, and people are fallible. From time-to-time, missteps lead to issues with the various professional licensing authorities in the state - such as the Ohio Board of Nursing. I defend licensees against disciplinary action up to and including revocation. Nobody should go before a disciplinary / licensing authority on their own - unrepresented by counsel - with their professional livelihood at stake. I am here to help!


Attorney at law - James Smolinski

25% Professional Discipline / Licensing
25% Municipal Court - Criminal Defense / Traffic
20% Business / Commercial (e.g. Civil Suits, Collections)
10% Personal Injury (Plaintiffs)
10% Landlord / Tenant (Primarily Landlords)
5% Family / Juvenile
5% Probate​

Litigation Percentage

75% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions
Ohio, 2013

Education

Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland, Ohio
     Juris Doctorate - 2012

St. Bonaventure University, St. Bonaventure, New York

    B.A. cum laude - 2005
    Honors: Dean's List
    Major: Philosophy
    Minor: Business Administration
    Minor: Theology

Professional Associations and Memberships
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association , Member, 2009 - Present
Lake County Bar Association, Member, 2016 - Present

Past Employment Positions

Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Manager, Lawyer Referral Svc, 2005 - 2016

James M. Smolinski Esq.

​Attorney


Location:    Wickliffe, Ohio
Phone:​         440-516-1010

Fax:​              440-516-1011

Email:          Email Me

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