Stephen H. Jett

Top rated Business Litigation attorney in Cleveland, Ohio

Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLC
Stephen H. Jett
Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLC

Practice Areas: Business Litigation, Administrative Law, Civil Litigation; view more

Licensed in Ohio since: 1990

Education: University of Kentucky College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2024

Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLC

1375 East 9th Street
Suite 1700
Cleveland, OH 44114 Visit website


A highly skilled litigation attorney and partner at Cleveland-based law firm Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLC, Stephen H. Jett boasts over three decades of experience handling civil and commercial litigation, contract drafting and negotiation, eminent domain, IP litigation and administrative appeals.

With a remarkable portfolio representing individuals and companies of all sizes, Mr. Jett delivers astute legal counsel in Ohio, New York and New Jersey. His clients span various industries, including technology, health care, manufacturing, commercial real estate, financial institutions, landlords/tenants and property owners.

Mr. Jett has extensive proficiency in handling various substantive areas. These include, but are not limited to, business torts, trade secrets, enforcing noncompete agreements, Uniform Commercial Code (Art. 2, 3 and 9) matters, commercial contract disputes, copyright infringement, product liability, real estate tax, real estate litigation, construction litigation, landlord/tenant issues, commercial lease disputes, Lanham Act, trademark infringement, unfair trade protection, bankruptcy adversary proceedings, shareholder disputes, employment cases, ERISA and creditors’ rights. He has successfully litigated many state and federal court cases, including numerous significant jury trials.

In addition to litigation, Mr. Jett brings extensive experience in mediation, negotiation and arbitration, ensuring that his clients receive the best possible advice regardless of their circumstances. He goes above and beyond to help his clients achieve their desired outcomes as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible, providing personalized service at every step.

Over the course of his illustrious career, Mr. Jett has garnered a plethora of awards and accolades from various esteemed organizations. He maintains an AV Preeminent* peer-review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America. Moreover, he is a fellow of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation and a board member of the Northern District of Ohio's Federal Bar Association. He is also a faculty member of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy and an associate of numerous other legal organizations, including the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, the Greater Cleveland International Lawyers Group and the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

Mr. Jett graduated from the University of Kentucky, achieving dean's list status in 1984. He subsequently earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 1990, graduating with high distinction, and served as the editor of the Kentucky Law Journal. He was also recognized for his academic achievements as an Order of the Coif inductee. He is authorized to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.

*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

Business Litigation, Administrative Law, Civil Litigation: Plaintiff, Eminent Domain, Intellectual Property Litigation, Nonprofit Organizations

Focus areas

Government Benefits, Non-Compete Agreements, Non-profit & Tax-exempt Organizations, Trade Secret

  • 50% Business Litigation
  • 10% Administrative Law
  • 10% Civil Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 10% Eminent Domain
  • 10% Intellectual Property Litigation
  • 10% Nonprofit Organizations

First Admitted: 1990, Ohio

Professional Webpage:

  • University of Kentucky College of Law (1990), Graduated with high distinction (top 5%)   
  • University of Kentucky College of Law (1990), Order of the Coif 
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation (Fellow) 
  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America, Litigation – Real Estate (2014-2021) 
  • Named to the Ohio Super Lawyers list (2013-2021)
  • Jett Law LLC named as The Best Law Firms in America (2021) 
  • Named as "Ones to Watch" by The Best Lawyers in America (2021) 
  • Graduated from University of Kentucky College of Law with High Distinction (designating top 5%)
  • AV Preeminent Rating Martindale-Hubbell
  • Best Lawyers in America (Honoree)
  • Elected to the Order of the Coif upon graduation from the University of Kentucky College of Law
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland (Advisory Board, 2014-2017) 
  • Northeast Ohio Foundation for Patriotism (NEOPAT) (Board of Directors)
  • Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Northeast Ohio Chapter (Executive Committee, 2008-2016) 
  • Leukemia and Lymphoma Society First Connection Program (Volunteer) 
  • British American Chamber of Commerce (Member)
  • Cleveland Museum of Art (Member)
  • The Catholic Church of St. Rita (Parish Council Member)
  • Catholic Charities (Member)
  • Audi Club North America (Member)
  • Catholic League (Member)
  • Northeast Ohio Hiking Club (Member)
  • Solon Early Childhood PTA (Member)
  • Twinsburg Chamber of Commerce (President, Board of Directors 2011)
  • The Catholic Church of St. Rita - Parish Pastoral Council
  • Lawyers Guild of The Catholic Diocese of Cleveland (Member)
  • The Gathering Place (Board of Directors)
  • Cleveland Zoological Society (Member)
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Federal Bar Association (Board of Directors, Northern District of Ohio Chapter; Editor, Inter Alia Newsletter)
  • Council of Smaller Enterprises (Member)
  • Ohio State Bar Association (Member, Appellate Law Committee)
  • Greater Cleveland International Lawyers Group (Member)
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (Appellate Courts Committee)
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy (Faculty, 2010)
Firm News (Newsletters):
  • Newsletter Chair, Inter Alia, 2006-2010, Federal Bar Association, Northern District of Ohio Chapter.  Award-winning newsletter, winning highest award as "Outstanding Newsletter" among all national FBA chapters.
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Lecturer at Kent State University concerning business formation and litigation management
  • University of Kentucky College of Law (1990), Kentucky Law Journal, Editor 
  • Cybersecurity Trends and Developments.” Cleveland Information Security Summit (2016-2019)
  • "Real Estate Litigation, From Start to Finish.” National Business Institute (1999) 
  • “Negotiating Retail Shopping Center and Office Building Leases,” National Business Institute (August 2014) 
  • “Trade Secrets, The General Knowledge, Skill and Experience Paradox,” Panel Discussion Chair, The Federal Bar Association Northern District of Ohio Chapter (May 2019) 
  • Speaker at National Business Institute Seminar in 2011 and 2012 concerning non-profit practice and ethical issues
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio  
  • State of Ohio
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • Supreme Court of Ohio
  • Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
Educational Background:
  • B.A., English, University of Kentucky, Dean's List, Sigma Chi Fraternity, 1984
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Captain, USAF/Ky. Air National Guard, flew RF-4C tactical fighter aircraft as Weapons System Officer, 1985
Industry Groups:
  • business (closely held and public)
  • Commercial Contracts
  • Financial Institutions
  • Healthcare
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Non-Competes
  • Real Estate Developers And Owners
  • Trade Secrets

Office location for Stephen H. Jett

1375 East 9th Street
Suite 1700
Cleveland, OH 44114

Phone: 216-545-9175


12 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2024

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