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About me

As my profile details, I grew up in Cleveland Heights. I currently reside in Lakewood with my wife and two boys.

I have been an attorney focusing in litigation since 2004. For over nine years, I practiced as a solo attorney almost exclusively in the areas of plaintiff's personal injury and criminal defense. I then worked as a judicial staff attorney for fifteen months. I am now working with McNeal, Schick, Archibald & Biro, focusing in the areas of defense side civil litigation and insurance coverage. I also still take plaintiff's cases and business transactional and drafting work provided that there is no conflict with the firm's business. 


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 95%
    12 years, 500 cases
  2. Business: 5%
    12 years, 40 cases



Hourly ($180-220/hour), contingent (33-40%), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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  • Robert Benjamin Botnick

    In the several years that I have known Jesse, I have come to know him as an advocate always working for his clients and striving to obtain the best possible results on their cases. Jesse is an intelligent, approachable, and knowledgeable attorney who is willing to put forth that extra effort to ensure his client's satisfaction. In addition to working for those who have been harmed or injured, Jesse also serves clients who have been criminally accused and are deserving of his very-capable representation.


    Robert Botnick Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

McNeal, Schick, Archibald & Biro Co., LPA

123 West Prospect Avenue
Suite 250
Cleveland, OH, 44115


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyMcNeil, Schick, Archibald & Biro2015 - Present
Judicial Staff AttorneyCuyahoga County Common Pleas Court2013 - 2014
Of CounselLallo & Feldman Co., L.P.A.2004 - 2006
Owner, Sole PractitionerJesse M. Schmidt Co., L.P.A.2004 - 2013
Association namePosition nameDuration
West Shore Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar AssociationMember, former member of referral panel2007 - Present
Cuyahoga Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMember2006 - 2013
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. KalishAffirmed, new clearer standard of law
AnonymousVerdict of not guilty on all charges.
AnonymousVerdict of Not guilty on all charges.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Cleveland State UniversityLawJD - Juris Doctor2003
Ohio UniversityEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1999
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Grafton Jaycees (inmate group at GCI)Post conviction remedies2010
Alternative Horizon Driver Intervention ProgramOVI and DUI2010