OHIO (Dec. 19, 2011) - Attorney Jim Juliano serves as general
counsel to several businesses, including minor league baseball teams and other
sports enterprises. Recent events have him concerned about how the public
perceives the industry.
“The most difficult issue facing sports industry clients is the ongoing
erosion of public trust,” Juliano said. “The disregard for players’ head
injuries and increasing disability rates in football, labor negotiations that
have no good guy and, most recently, the allegations of a cover-up at Penn State
have undermined the integrity of the industry.”
Juliano adds one of the most effective ways to build trust is
transparency. As an example, he points to random drug testing programs that
involve public disclosure of a violation.
Juliano recently returned from the Baseball Winter Meetings, a
four-day, annual conference for major and minor league baseball, where in the
past he has spoken to baseball executives about liability and employment issues.
In his practice at Nicola, Gudbranson & Cooper, LLC, Juliano has negotiated
purchases and sales of minor league baseball teams, represented teams in
negotiations for stadium leases and advised baseball teams in connection with
ballpark construction. He also writes newsletters about sports and business law
issues and maintains a sports law website.
A position as a law clerk at a small firm inspired
Juliano to pursue a career in law. He earned his undergraduate degree in English
from Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) and his law degree from CWRU School
of Law. After working as a solo practitioner, he joined Nicola,
Gudbranson & Cooper in 1994, where he counsels clients in a number of
industries on labor and employment issues, real estate matters and
He says the best part of his career is working with people. “Working
with clients who constantly face new challenges helps to keep any lawyer going.
Furthermore, there is an enormous amount of talent in the Cleveland area and I
am proud to associate with the lawyers in this community.”
Juliano, who has been a member of the Ohio State Bar Association since
1977, said of his involvement, “The OSBA has helped me stay up to date on Ohio
and national developments and in touch with professional standards throughout
the state of Ohio.” He is also a member of the American Bar Association, the
Federal Bar Association, the Sports Lawyers Association, the New York State Bar
Association and the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association. In his free time,
Juliano assists several nonprofit and charitable organizations, and participates
in events his firm sponsors for the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland.
The Ohio State Bar Association, founded in 1880, is a voluntary association
representing approximately 25,000 members of the bench and bar of Ohio as well
as nearly 4,000 legal assistants and law students. The OSBA serves both its
members and the public by promoting the highest standards in the practice of law
and the administration of justice.
EDITORS/NEWS DIRECTORS PLEASE NOTE: Juliano’s home zip code is 44124.