Stephen H. Jett


Steve’s practice is focused on complex commercial and business litigation matters. He has decades of experience litigating intellectual property, employment law, commercial contracts, business torts, shareholder board disputes, fiduciary duty disputes, trade secrets, complex real estate disputes including eminent domain, commercial foreclosures, receiverships, landlord/tenant, ERISA, and creditors’ rights matters. Steve’s clients operate in a wide range of industries, including commercial real estate, construction, health care, technology, manufacturing, and financial institutions. He has extensive experience in litigation, mediation, negotiation, and arbitration (conducted under the auspices of the International Chamber of Commerce and the American Arbitration Association, among others). As part of an overseas assignment, he worked extensively in international venues in connection with commercial and corporate matters.

Prior to his career as an attorney, Steve attended flight training in the United States Air Force. He flew tactical fighter/reconnaissance aircraft operationally in the Kentucky Air National Guard, where he attained the rank of Captain as a Weapons System Officer.

Education & Admissions


  • University of Kentucky College of Law

    (J.D., with high distinction, 1990)

  • University of Kentucky

    (B.A., 1984)


  • State of Ohio
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio



  • Successful representation of majority owner of restaurant chain in a jury trial regarding a substantial shareholder dispute.
  • Favorable resolution of shareholder dispute in favor of majority owner of a trucking company.
  • Successful defense of real estate investor in a quiet title/adverse possession action.
  • Successful result at trial on behalf of landowners in a partition action.
  • Favorable resolution in favor of a national technology company in a commercial contract and patent infringement case pending in federal court, including negotiation of a complex licensing agreement as part of the resolution.
  • Successful representation of both landlords and tenants in both federal and state courts in connection with lease disputes, including successful prosecution and defense of preliminary injunction actions.
  • Significant experience in successfully handling all types of real estate matters for substantial clients in both state and federal courts, including, among other things, commercial evictions, substantial commercial foreclosures, receivership actions, partitions, quiet title actions, eminent domain, adverse possession actions, and lease disputes.
  • Significant experience in creditor’s rights enforcement, including execution on substantial judgments and replevin actions.
  • Defense and resolution of class action cases filed or pending in federal court, including the removal of class actions under CAFA.
  • Prosecution and defense of numerous complex commercial contract, trade secret, and business tort actions, both in court and in arbitration.
  • Successful resolution of numerous complex commercial litigation matters through trial, mediation, and settlement conferences.

Publications & Presentations


  • “Trade Secrets, The General Knowledge, Skill and Experience Paradox,” Panel Discussion Chair, The Federal Bar Association Northern District of Ohio Chapter (May 2019)
  • “Negotiating Retail Shopping Center and Office Building Leases,” National Business Institute (August 2014)



  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation (Fellow)
  • Council of Smaller Enterprises
  • Federal Bar Association, Northern District of Ohio Chapter (Board of Directors)
  • Greater Cleveland International Lawyers Group
  • Information Security Summit
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy
  • Ohio State Bar Association


  • Rose-Mary Center (Board of Directors)
  • Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland (Advisory Board)
  • The Gathering Place (Board of Directors, 2010-2013)
  • Leukemia and Lymphoma Society First Connection Program (Volunteer)
  • Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Northeast Ohio Chapter (Executive Committee, 2008-2016)
  • Northeast Ohio Foundation for Patriotism (NEOPAT) (Board of Directors) 


  • Air National Guard (1985-1992)



  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America, Litigation – Real Estate (2014-2020)
  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated – Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Named to the Ohio Super Lawyers list (2013-2019)