James R. Bright

James R. Bright


216.696.4200 x1012

Areas of Practice

Licensed to Practice



Jim Bright, has practiced law since 1976. His practice is focused on probate and trust administration; estate planning for individuals and family groups; estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax planning; charitable gift planning; income tax planning; and providing counsel to trustees of private foundations on administration, initial formation and tax qualification. Jim served as President of Spieth, Bell, McCurdy & Newell Co., L.P.A. after 2009.

Jim is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and is listed in Best Lawyers in America. He has served on the Board of Directors/Trustees of many charitable institutions in Cleveland, including The Cleveland Museum of Natural History and the Cleveland Play House. He has also been a member of the Princeton University Planned Giving Advisory Committee since 2002. Jim has also served as Honorary Consul for the Duchy of Luxembourg since 1995, and has been a partner in Cleveland Social Venture Partners since 2004. Jim was also President of the Cleveland Racquet Club in 1982.


  • Georgetown University Law Center, 1976, J.D.
  • Princeton University, 1971, A.B.

Admissions & Associations

  • State of Ohio
  • American Bar Association -
    • Member, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section
    • Member, General Practice Section
    • Member, Taxation Section
  • Ohio State Bar Association -
    • Member, Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Law Section
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association -
    • Member, Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Law Section

Awards & Honors

  • Martindale- Hubbell AV®
  • Best Lawyers in America®

  • Ohio Super Lawyer®
  • Cleveland’s Top Rated Lawyers


Professional Involvement

Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel

Awards & Recognition

ACTEC Martindale-Hubbil Best Lawyers Primerus Super Lawyers