Joseph B. Jerome

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Construction Litigation Attorney in Cleveland, OH

Jerome, Grauer and Associates Ltd.
 | 55 Public Square, Suite 1950
Cleveland, OH 44113
Phone: 216-241-9990
Fax: 216-241-2920
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1975
Practice Areas:
  • Construction Litigation: Business (40%),
  • Civil Litigation: Defense (20%),
  • Real Estate: Business (20%),
  • Business/Corporate (10%),
  • Environmental Litigation (10%)
Attorney Profile

As the principal of Jerome & Associates, Joseph B. Jerome devotes his practice to assisting individuals and businesses in the Cleveland, Ohio, area with a range of legal matters primarily involving real estate, construction, business law and environmental issues. Mr. Jerome has won many notable courtroom victories in a career that has already spanned more than four decades, but he is widely known today for his skills at mediating disputes and avoiding protracted litigation.

Mr. Jerome earned his undergraduate degree in business administration from Bowling Green State University in 1972 and his Juris Doctor from the Cleveland–Marshall College of Law in 1975. He was then admitted to practice law before the state courts of Ohio and the U.S. Tax Court in 1975, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in 1976 and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio in 1977.

As a member of the Arbitrator and Mediator Panel of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Mr. Jerome has learned how valuable it can be to avoid court and settle legal disputes amicably. He has also taken part in countless arbitration and mediation hearings both as a neutral and as an advocate. He is a construction and commercial arbitrator and mediator who is regularly assigned cases by the American Arbitration Association, and his success in this area has helped him to earn the highest rating possible of AV Preeminent* through the peer review firm Martindale-Hubbell.

AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 40%Construction Litigation
  • 20%Civil Litigation
  • 20%Real Estate
  • 10%Business/Corporate
  • 10%Environmental Litigation
Focus Areas

Construction Defects, Condominiums & Cooperatives, Landlord/Tenant, Mortgage & Refinance, Business Formation and Planning, Partnership, Contracts, Business Organizations


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Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2020

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About Joseph Jerome

Admitted: 1975, Ohio

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Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Arbitrator and Mediator Panel of the U.S. District Court, Northern Division of Ohio
  • Ohio
  • Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association; West Shore Bar Association   
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court, Northern Division

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • National Alliance on Mental Illness, fundraising activities through Team Carolyn  
  • National Alliance for Mental Illness and Cuyahoga County Alcohol Drug Addition Mental Health Services- volunteer 


  • After a 10 day jury trial, granted a JNOV eliminating the award of jury in a business litigation matter; numerous matters in both the Court of Common Pleas courts in Northern Ohio; also the North District of Ohio, Federal District Court   


  • Representation of Energizer Holdings as to sale of real property in the State of Ohio, including the Battery Park site in Cleveland, Ohio   

Representative Clients:

  • We would prefer not to address the names of our clients.  

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Selection as Commercial Arbitrator of the Year by the American Arbitration Association, Cleveland Council of Commercial and Construction Arbitrators.   , 1997


  • Litigation Checklist  It is our firm's experience (and a matter of practical necessity) that, as early as possible in respect to litigation matters, we learn as much as we can in regards to the nature of litigation in which you are involved, whether we serve in defense of a matter and/or are asserting a claim on your behalf. Accordingly, to best assist and represent you, we have prepared this Guide which (while admittedly relatively generic in nature) sets forth certain essential elements in respect to most litigation matters. Should we believe there is a necessity to further expand upon our comments, we may include a supplement to this Guide outlining our further thoughts and comments. Please take the time to utilize the document as a checklist, providing that which we have requested as soon as possible. In turn we will review what you have prepared and determine what, if any, additional information we will require to proceed effectively and efficiently in regards to the litigation or prospective litigation in which you are a party., Litigation Checklist , Business Litigants

Educational Background:

  • Bowling Green State University, BSBA, Marketing, 1972

Industry Groups

  • Contractors
  • Design Professionals
  • Developers
  • Landlord And Tenants (commercial Properties)
  • Small And Medium Size Businesses
  • Subcontractors
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Office Location for Joseph B. Jerome

55 Public Square
Suite 1950
Cleveland, OH 44113

Phone: 216-241-9990

Fax: 216-241-2920

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Last Updated: 2/18/2020

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