International Society of Primerus Law Firms

Cleveland Attorney
Todd K. Masuda, Esq.

Phone: 216.539.8374


Languages: English

Todd Masuda’s legal practice can be described as “outside general counsel,” which means he advises business clients on a wide range of business issues while being aware of their particular goals and culture. In particular, Todd’s practice involves employment issues, commercial transactions, and corporate transactions.

He counsels business clients on their employment practices, including wage & hour, discrimination, medical leave, hiring and firing, employment policies and handbook issues. He also defends companies in matters involving the EEOC, OSHA, and other employment-related agencies.

Todd has extensive experience negotiating and drafting commercial contracts, including purchase agreements for goods, service agreements, licenses (including IT agreements), and contracts for manufacturing, leasing and distribution, real estate, and construction services.

He also counsels clients through corporate transactions such as the formation of companies and subsidiaries, mergers & acquisitions, and the sale and transfer of ownership interests, including business succession projects. He particularly enjoys working with clients to structure new projects.

The “sweet spot” for SSSB’s business practice comprises privately held companies in a wide range of businesses, including industrial services, professional services, creative services, manufacturing, technology, and health care. In addition to counseling for-profit businesses, Todd also advises nonprofit organizations in the health care, arts, and education fields.

Todd joined Schneider, Smeltz, Ranney & LaFond P.L.L. in 2007, and became a partner in 2014.

Schneider, Smeltz, Ranney & LaFond P.L.L. became Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell LLP in 2016, as two of the oldest and most established law firms in Cleveland combined.

A lifelong patron of public libraries, Todd serves on the board of the Cleveland Public Library Foundation. His hobbies include playing oud and guitar, and he participates in Cleveland’s improvised music scene. He lives with his family in the Ohio City neighborhood.

Practice Areas

  • Business Law
  • Employment Law
  • Nonprofit Organizations


  • City College of New York, B.A., summa cum laude
  • Case Western Reserve University, J.D., cum laude

Admissions & Associations

  • State of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Ohio State Bar Association
  • Member, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Member, Asian American Bar Association

Community Activities

  • Trustee, Friends of the Cleveland Public Library
  • Former Trustee, Zygote Press, Inc.

Recent Articles & Presentations

  • ADA Complaince: Counseling the Smaller Employer, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Labor & Employment Conference 2017
  • What Employers Should Know About the New Overtime Regulations, Primerus Newsletter and SSSB Client Alert, June 2016
  • Thirteen Ways of Looking at Indemnification Provisions, Paradigm (Primerus magazine), Spring 2016
  • You Want Me To Agree to What? Tough Issues in Construction Contract Negotiations, Westlaw/Primerus Webinar, November 19, 2013
  • VLA Boot Camp: Entity Issues for Arts Organizations (with George Carr), October 2013
  • What to Think About When You’re Thinking of Forming a Nonprofit. CMBA Reach Out/VLA; Foundation Center, May 2013
  • Contract Basics for Creative Businesses, COSE Small Business Conference, 2009
  • Intellectual Property Law, Cleveland Institute of Art, Business and Professional Practices Class (with Seongyoune Kang of Pearne + Gordon), Fall Semester, 2009
  • Cleveland Already Prohibits Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
  • Social Networking and Employers
  • Changes to the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Employers Jump as Federal Stimulus Package Stirs COBRA
  • FMLA Regulatory Update

Contact This Firm

Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell LLP

1375 East 9th Street
One Cleveland Center, 9th Floor
Cleveland, OH 44114
United States

Law Firm Contact: James D. Vail

Tel: 216.539.8374

Fax: 216.696.7303



Member Since: 2005

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