James R. Bright, Esq.

James R. Bright, Esq.: Attorney with Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell LLP AV stamp icon
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Jim Bright, has practiced law since 1976. His practice is focused on probate and trust administration; estate planning for individuals and family groups; estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax planning; charitable gift planning; income tax planning; and providing counsel to trustees of private foundations on administration, initial formation and tax qualification. Jim served as President of Spieth, Bell, McCurdy & Newell Co., L.P.A. after 2009 until the combination with Schneider, Smeltz, Ranney & LaFond P.L.L. which became Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell LLP in 2016, as two of the oldest and most established law firms in Cleveland combined.

Jim is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and is listed in Best Lawyers in America. He has served on the Board of Directors/Trustees of many charitable institutions in Cleveland, including The Cleveland Museum of Natural History and the Cleveland Play House. He has also been a member of the Princeton University Planned Giving Advisory Committee since 2002. Jim has also served as Honorary Consul for the Duchy of Luxembourg since 1995, and has been a partner in Cleveland Social Venture Partners since 2004. Jim was also President of the Cleveland Racquet Club in 1982.

Areas of Practice (6)

  • Probate and Estate Administration
  • Trusts and Trust Administration
  • Estate Planning
  • Fiduciary Representation
  • Tax Law and Planning
  • Charitable Planning and Giving

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(216) 696-4200 ext. 1012  Phone
(216) 696-7303  Fax
University Attended:
Princeton University, A.B., 1971
Law School Attended:
Georgetown University, J.D., 1976
Year of First Admission:
1976, Ohio
Birth Information:
Lima, Ohio, February 2, 1949
Payment Information:
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover

Peer Reviews

4.6/5.0 (2 reviews)
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  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Partner on 07/02/14 in Estate and Gift Taxation

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  • 1.0/5.0 Rated by a Partner on 07/02/14 in Estate Planning

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