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Alexander C. Campbell
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Cleveland Attorney
Alexander C. Campbell

Phone: 216.696.4200


Languages: English

Alexander C. Campbell joined the firm as a Partner in 2020. Previously, Alex was an attorney at Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLC in Cleveland and a member of the firm’s nonprofit, business, and real estate practice groups. He serves as outside general counsel to public charities, private and community foundations, and other tax-exempt organizations, providing advice on issues ranging from corporate governance to taxation to contracting.

Alex represents social enterprise clients on issues of formation, capitalization, governance, and financial sustainability. In addition, Alex advises nonprofit and for-profit clients on complex business transactions, including the structuring, documentation, and execution of mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, and financings. Alex also assists philanthropy-minded individuals, families, and businesses with gift agreements, corporate giving and sponsorship programs, and cause marketing campaigns.

Alex understands each of his clients – nonprofit and for-profit alike – and strives to provide services that are strategic and efficient. With his help, clients can focus on what matters to them most: advancing their mission and improving the communities in which they live and work.

Committed to the philanthropic community, Alex teaches nonprofit law at the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University. He is also a frequent speaker and author on nonprofit, charitable planning, and social enterprise issues.

Alex lives in Shaker Heights with his wife, Meg, and their two daughters.

Practice Areas

  • Business Law
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Commercial Contracting
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Taxation
  • Charitable Planning
  • Family Foundations
  • Real Estate
  • Real Estate Finance


  • DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, IL (J.D., cum laude, 2011)
  • Miami University, Oxford, OH (B.S., 2008)

Admissions & Associations

  • State of Ohio
  • State of Illinois
  • Member: Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
    • Reach Out: Legal Assistance for Nonprofits (Oversight Committee Member , 2016- Present)
  • Member: Ohio State Bar Association
    • Corporation Law Committee; Nonprofit Corporations Subcommittee
  • Member: Chicago Bar Association
    • Federal Taxation – Exempt Organizations Division Section
  • Member: Illinois State Bar Association

Awards & Honors

  • Ohio Super Lawyers® Rising Stars 2019-2021

Community Activities

  • Member, Cleveland Bridge Builders Class of 2022
  • Partner in Justice: Legal Aid Society of Cleveland
  • Board Member: Shaker Heights Development Corporation
    • Fund Development Committee
  • Member: Public Interest Law Initiative Alumni Network
  • Member: Tax Club of Cleveland

Recent Articles & Presentations

  • Panelist, “CARES Act and Implementation for Nonprofits”, Cleveland Foundation, Cleveland, OH (April 2020)
  • Moderator, “Money Matters: Accounting, Finance, and Tax for Nonprofits”, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Cleveland, OH (October 2019)
  • Presenter and Panelist, “The Role of the Board”, BVU, Cleveland, OH and Akron, OH (Sept. 2016, Nov. 2016, Dec. 2016, May 2017, June 2017, Dec. 2017, June 2018, April 2019, Sept. 2019, Nov. 2019 & May 2020)
  • Co-Presenter, “Private Foundations vs. Donor Advised Funds: What Are They, and Which is Right for Your Client?”, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Cleveland, OH (June 2019), Akron Tax Club, Akron, OH (Sept. 2019), and Institute for Emerging Philanthropists, Akron, OH (January 2020)
  • Presenter, “Understanding UBIT in a Post-Tax Reform World”, AGN International 2019 North American Regional Meeting, Cleveland, Ohio (June 2019)
  • Presenter, “Opportunity Zones 101”, Building Owners & Managers Ass’n of Greater Akron, Akron, Ohio (April 2019)
  • Panelist, “Community & Board Involvement”, CWRU Law Prof’l Development Seminar (March 2019)
  • Presenter and Panelist, “Opportunity Zones 101”, Seminar jointly sponsored by the Medina County Economic Development Corporation and the Wayne Economic Development Council, Medina, Ohio (February 2019)
  • Panelist, “Heads Up for Board Members”, Ciuni & Panichi Nonprofit Leadership Seminar, Cleveland, OH (Feb. 2019)
  • Presenter and Moderator, “Social Entrepreneurship or Conscious Capitalism?”, Seminar sponsored by Burton D. Morgan Foundation and BVU, Berea, OH (October 2018)
  • Moderator, “What a Novel Idea! Intellectual Property Overview for Nonprofits”, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Cleveland, OH (October 2018)
  • Author, “Social Enterprise for Non-Profits”, Practical Law, West Publishing Company (October 2018)
  • Moderator, “Making Social Enterprise Work for You,” Panel Discussion sponsored by Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLC, Cleveland, OH (September 2018)
  • Author, “Social Enterprise for Tax-Exempt Organizations”, Taxation of Exempts, Thomson/RIA (May/June 2018)

Contact This Firm

Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell LLP

1375 East 9th Street
Suite 900
Cleveland, OH 44114
United States

Law Firm Contact: David M. Lenz

Tel: 216.696.4200

Fax: 216.696.7303



Member Since: 2005

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