James M. Smolinski Esq.

James M. Smolinski Esq.

Wickliffe, Ohio
1-800-ATTORNEY (Toll-Free)
(440) 516-1011

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!

Areas of Practice

  • 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


  • Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland, Ohio
    • J.D. - 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