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James M. Havach, Of Counsel
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Cleveland Attorney
James M. Havach, Of Counsel

Phone: 216.696.4200


Languages: English

Jim Havach is a member of the firm’s Business/Real Estate practice group. He is a business attorney whose practice focuses on real estate, commercial transactions, and related tax planning.

Mr. Havach’s expertise is wide ranging in scope and includes the purchase, sale and financing of businesses; the sale, purchase, like-kind exchange, leasing, development and financing of commercial real estate; and commercial contracts and transactions. He counsels businesses and their owners in the structuring of their transactions and entity selection, organization and governance, and advises clients on tax matters relating to his transactional and real estate practice. He often assists the firm’s trusts and estates attorneys in transactions and matters which involve his real estate, entity organization and transactional expertise.

Mr. Havach is a member of the Cleveland Metropolitan, Ohio State, and American Bar Associations. Mr. Havach earned a B.S.B.A. degree with an accounting major from John Carroll University and his J.D. degree, cum laude, from Washington and Lee University School of Law.


  • Washington and Lee University School of Law, 1974, J.D., cum laude
  • John Carroll University, 1968, B.S.B.A.

Admissions & Associations

  • State of Ohio
  • United States Tax Court
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association – Real Estate Section
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
    – Business Law Section
    – Real Property, Trust and Estate Section
    – Taxation Section

Awards & Honors

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™
  • Cleveland’s Top Rated Lawyers 2012

Recent Articles & Presentations

  • Negotiating Reps and Warranties in Business Contracts and Earn Outs and Other Payment Arrangements in Business Acquisition Transactions, National Business Institute (NBI) seminar (November 2017)
  • National Business Institute (NBI) CLE seminar entitled, “Handling Real Estate Transactions from Start to Finish”

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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