Stephen H. Jett

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Cleveland, OH

Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLC
1375 East 9th Street, Suite 1700
Cleveland, OH 44114
Phone: 216-545-9175
Fax: 216-621-5440
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2022
Licensed Since: 1990
Practice Areas: Business Litigation (70%), Eminent Domain (10%), Intellectual Property Litigation (10%), Nonprofit Organizations (10%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Stephen H. Jett is a litigation partner at Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLC.  He practices in the firm's Cleveland office. A nationally ranked trial lawyer with more than 31 years of total legal experience, Mr. Jett provides unmatched counsel and support to clients throughout Cleveland and surrounding areas of Akron, Canton and Youngstown who have legal needs involving any of the following:

·       Civil and commercial litigation, including shareholder disputes, commercial real estate disputes, commercial contract disputes, commercial lease disputes and trade secret disputes

·       Contract drafting and negotiation

·       Eminent domain

A highly versatile attorney, Mr. Jett represents a diverse range of clients in a variety of industries, and he has extensive experience with mediation, negotiation and arbitration as well as litigation. Regardless of the issues his clients are facing or the goals they wish to achieve, he provides the personalized advice they need to make the best-informed decisions as he works hard to help them achieve the favorable outcomes they seek as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible.

In honor for his impeccable professionalism and stellar client service, Mr. Jett has earned perennial recognition from The Best Lawyers in America© – Real Estate each year since 2014, and the organization named him among the "Ones to Watch" for 2021. He also holds an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell, and he has received many other top rankings and endorsements from his peers along with numerous testimonials and referrals from his satisfied clients.

A 1984 dean's list graduate of the University of Kentucky, Mr. Jett returned to his alma mater and obtained his Juris Doctor, with high distinction, from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 1990. While there, he served as editor of the Kentucky Law Journal, and he graduated Order of the Coif. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

A leader in his legal community, Mr. Jett is a Fellow with the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation, and he serves on the board of the Federal Bar Association's Northern District of Ohio. He is also a faculty member of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, and he is a member of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, the Greater Cleveland International Lawyers Group and the International Association of Privacy Professionals, among his other professional affiliations.

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Practice Areas
  • 70%Business Litigation
  • 10%Eminent Domain
  • 10%Intellectual Property Litigation
  • 10%Nonprofit Organizations
Focus Areas

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


10 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2022

About Stephen H. Jett

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)


  • 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
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Office Location for Stephen H. Jett

1375 East 9th Street
Suite 1700
Cleveland, OH 44114

Phone: 216-545-9175

Fax: 216-621-5440

Last Updated: 7/15/2021

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