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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.

Location

  • One Cleveland Center, Suite 900
    1375 East Ninth Street
    Cleveland, OH 44114

Education

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

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, State of Ohio

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association - Member
  • Ohio State Bar Association - Member
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association - Member
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel - Fellow

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Trusts and Estates

Awards:

  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent®
  • Ohio Super Lawyers® 2006-present
  • Cleveland’s Top Rated Lawyers

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