James D. Vail

James D. Vail

Partner

216.696.4200 x1137
jvail@sssb-law.com


Biography

Jim Vail joined the firm in 1979 and has been a Partner since 1986. He served as the firm's Managing Partner from 1996 through 2019. Jim primarily counsels businesses, nonprofit and health care organizations in all aspects of their operations, including formations, mergers and organizations, joint ventures, contracting, and succession planning.

Jim argued a case before the United States Supreme Court where he obtained a unanimous favorable decision. Spectrum Sports, Inc. v. McQuillan, 506 U.S. 447 (1992). Jim has appeared before courts at all levels in Ohio, as well as various federal district courts, and the Sixth and Ninth Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal.

Jim currently serves on the board of directors of the Center for Community Solutions.  He was previously a member of the Cleveland Heights Charter Review Commission, and has served on several boards of directors including Family Connections, Ingenuity Festival, Heights Parent Center, Cleveland Heights/University Heights Public Library, and Reaching Heights. Jim has lived in Cleveland Heights for more than 40 years and is active in several Cleveland Heights organizations.

Licensed to Practice

Ohio

Education

  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law, 1979, J.D.
  • Case Western Reserve University, 1975, B.A.

Admissions & Associations

  • State of Ohio
  • Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Ohio State Bar Association
  • Member, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Member, American Health Lawyers Association
  • Life Member, Eighth District Judicial Conference

Awards & Honors

Martindale-Hubbell 2021

  • Best Lawyers® 2017-present
    • Commercial Litigation
    • Corporate Law
    • Health Care Law
    • Real Estate Law

Community Activities

  • Board Member, The Center for Community Solutions
  • Member, City of Cleveland Heights Charter Review Commission
  • Member, Social Venture Partners
  • Former Director, Family Connections

Areas of Practice

Licensed to Practice

Ohio

Awards & Recognition

James D. Vail
James D. Vail
Partner
216.696.4200 x1137
jvail@sssb-law.com

Biography

Jim Vail joined the firm in 1979 and has been a Partner since 1986. He served as the firm's Managing Partner from 1996 through 2019. Jim primarily counsels businesses, nonprofit and health care organizations in all aspects of their operations, including formations, mergers and organizations, joint ventures, contracting, and succession planning.

Jim argued a case before the United States Supreme Court where he obtained a unanimous favorable decision. Spectrum Sports, Inc. v. McQuillan, 506 U.S. 447 (1992). Jim has appeared before courts at all levels in Ohio, as well as various federal district courts, and the Sixth and Ninth Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal.

Jim currently serves on the board of directors of the Center for Community Solutions.  He was previously a member of the Cleveland Heights Charter Review Commission, and has served on several boards of directors including Family Connections, Ingenuity Festival, Heights Parent Center, Cleveland Heights/University Heights Public Library, and Reaching Heights. Jim has lived in Cleveland Heights for more than 40 years and is active in several Cleveland Heights organizations.

Licensed to Practice

Ohio

Areas of Practice

  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Business Law
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Commercial Contracting
  • Employment Law
  • Health Care Law
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Real Estate
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Litigation
  • Business/Commercial Litigation
  • Employment Litigation
  • Trusts & Estates
  • Trust, Estate, and Probate Litigation

Education

  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law, 1979, J.D.
  • Case Western Reserve University, 1975, B.A.

Admissions & Associations

  • State of Ohio
  • Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Ohio State Bar Association
  • Member, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Member, American Health Lawyers Association
  • Life Member, Eighth District Judicial Conference
James D. Vail
Partner
216.696.4200 x1137
jvail@sssb-law.com

Awards & Honors

Martindale-Hubbell 2021

  • Best Lawyers® 2017-present
    • Commercial Litigation
    • Corporate Law
    • Health Care Law
    • Real Estate Law

Community Activities

  • Board Member, The Center for Community Solutions
  • Member, City of Cleveland Heights Charter Review Commission
  • Member, Social Venture Partners
  • Former Director, Family Connections