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Sheldon Philip Starke

Employment and labor Attorney at Beachwood, OH

4.5   31 reviews

About Sheldon

Learn Sheldon’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Employment and labor
    40%
    Developed employment law throughout its modern formation and reviewed almost every kind of case in every area of what is now employment law. Represented government, international and local business and employees. Mentoring and lecturing to lawyers.

    51 years

  2. Entertainment
    40%
    All areas of entertainment and trademark law . . . no exception. Mentoring and lecturing to lawyers in this area.

    50 years

  3. Business
    5%
    All areas of business. Mentoring and lecturing to lawyers in this area.

  4. Contracts and agreements
    5%
    Contracts of every kind. Mentoring and lecturing to lawyers in this area.

  5. Lawsuits and disputes
    5%
    Mentoring and lecturing to lawyers in this area.

  6. Licensing
    5%
    Every kind of professional licensing . . . state violations . . . all boards . . . NO TRAFFIC LICENSING. Mentoring and lecturing to lawyers in this area.

I am a very learned attorney with years of trial experience and passed three bar exams. I grew up in Cleveland and am on the same street (by a different name) as when I was born. Helping people and returning calls is what I do. You are important; I like to listen.

Licensed for 51 years
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 1979
Updated 11/23/2022
State OH
Status Active
Acquired 1971
Updated 11/16/2022
State NY
Status Resigned
Acquired 1983
Updated 06/05/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Sheldon P. Starke, Esq.
23250 Chagrin Blvd Ste 100
Beachwood, OH, 44122-5416
Sheldon Philip Starke
23250 Chagrin Blvd Ste 100
Cleveland, OH, 44122-5416
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4.5 / 5.0
  31 customer reviews
Posted by Keon | October 8, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer
Sheldon is a great goes above and beyond to help and gives great advice and referrals to anything I ask him about
Posted by Tion | September 21, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very Knowledgeable
I have talked to Mr. Starke and he was very straight forward, asked the questions that no other attorney would ask and made me think about which route I really should go. He actually cares about his clients and the results they receive. He gives a very realistic view on how life is and how life works and he is not one of those attorneys that just looking for financial gain. He will give you way more then what you pay for and that comes with the experience that he has and has obtained through his years of living.
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Posted by Angela | July 25, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Helped In Ways Unexpected
This attorney was kind enough to listen and to understand my situation. He also helped me in a way that was unexpected. Like many people who graduated from Kaplan University, I was also defrauded by the school as well. As a result of this, I looked at my Master's Degree with disdain and derision. During my initial conversation with him, he helped me to see that degree in a different light by reminding how hard I had worked to earn it and because of my pursuit of knowledge, I was indeed brilliant. I had in fact gained that knowledge and I worked hard. I deserved the recognition. This single comment erased years of feeling like a fool for allowing myself to be swindled. Because of this new change in my perspective, I am now working on applying for jobs to finally put my degree to use.
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Posted by Dave | May 25, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Smart, down to earth, outstanding guy
Sheldon helped me work through a very verbose employment agreement. Sheldon could have racked up enormous billable hours poring over words, redlining and marching through a series of revisions with my employer. Instead, he encouraged me to ignore the noise and focus on the important tenets of the contract. Sheldon demystified the process and allowed me to turn the agreement around quickly and to my advantage.
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Posted by Aaron | March 11, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Help and Cares for his Clients
I have been going to Sheldon for the past couple years to help us review music label contracts and he's been an incredible help for weeding out sketchy companies and helping us from making any poor decisions. Sheldon works alongside his clients and educates them on the wording of contracts and makes sure you understand in full what the contract is stating. He's honest, trustworthy, and doesn't BS you. He's only interested in making sure you make the right choices for your business.
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Posted by Valarie | August 13, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Nurse Practitioner
Mr Starke was wonderfully helpful. He listened compassionately, clarified my work concerns and then creatively helped solve my issues with my employer. Providing healthcare through COVID 19 has been very stressful with extra long hours and a higher work load. Mr Starke was essential in resolvling my concerns so I could continue working safely.
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Posted by Samantha | May 25, 2021
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| Consulted Attorney
Great Mentor
Sheldon Starke has provided the most professional advice and has been a great mentor in the most stressful circumstances. Professional and knowledgeable with great guidance for the best end results for a bad contract. He also demonstrated great humility and took it upon himself to check in often.
Posted by Linh | May 20, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing, Honest and Caring
Mr. Starke is an honest and amazing lawyer. He is very knowledgeable and is very good at what he do. He taught me everything I need to know for my case. He shows that he cares for his client when he wants to make sure I am doing well. He goes above and beyond for his clients. I would highly recommend Attorney Starke.
Posted by J. | May 14, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great help with unemployment and EEOC
I was referred to Sheldon by another attorney and he advised me to file an EEOC claim against my former employer. I was hesitant to do so but filed per his suggestion and he represented me in mediation. I was doubtful at first but followed Sheldon's advice and the claim resulted in a settlement well beyond what I expected. He's honest and fair and his services were extremely worthwhile. I'd refer Sheldon to anybody, the man knows what he's doing.
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Posted by Katherine | September 23, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Sheldon Starke is a genius
Sheldon Starke is practical, insightful, and incredibly effective. He reads faster than anyone I have ever met, and catches everything. He spots potential problems and prevents them from turning into actual problems. He helped me understand what is and is not a threat, and how to respond appropriately. He considered not only my legal obligations, but my personal safety and my response to the stress of a false claim against me. Sheldon is an outstanding counselor in every sense of the word. I am incredibly grateful and relieved to have gone over my case with him. He would be the first person to call if the situation spiralled out of control to the point that I needed to hire an attorney.
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Posted by Karen | July 21, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing
Mr. Starke helped me with employment , he was compassionate and would not let me think I was a failure, very knowledgeable on the laws . I would I would recommend Mr. Starke..
Posted by Joseph | May 28, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A master at his craft!
Sheldon, has been my attorney since 1975, he has never let me down, with regards to any of my legal issues, especially in the entertainment business. His licenses are extensive, ,in the entertainment business.
Posted by Gail | May 27, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Absolutely the BEST!!!!!!
My experience was that of assurance, very informative and helpful and very caring. Mr. Starke has gone above and beyond the call of duty to help my sisters and I in our case. Anyone that is looking for a great attorney in any case I highly recommend Attorney Starke he is simply the BEST!!!!!
Posted by Nicole | November 21, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Attentive, knowledgeable, professional
Mr. Starke is very attentive, extremely knowledgeable, and completely professional. He listened to me, addressed my concerns, and acted swiftly to attend to my needs, resulting in a quick resolution to my situation. I highly recommend Mr. Starke as he not only is compassionate and cares about his clients, but also because he has an outstanding reputation and resume.
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Posted by anonymous | December 7, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent attorney
He was very informative and helpful. Worth every penny. He listened and helped me out immensely. I did not need to hire him because his advice worked perfectly.
Posted by anonymous | January 5, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Investment banking
He knows the law and implications surrounding the legal symptons. He successfully advised me in an employer matter. Professional and extremely knowledgeable...the opposition beware.
Posted by anonymous | November 2, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Absolute Best
He gave me advice for my case that empowered me. Knowledge is power. He shares his knowledge. Very empathetic to my situation as well.
Posted by Gayle | August 23, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Consult only
I contacted Attorney Starke for advice about an employment contract. He gave me his professional opinion & possible suggestions if any complications should arise. After speaking with him, I felt more informed and better prepared for any upcoming issues.
Posted by Danielle | January 29, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
perfect
Attorney Starke went to a major dealership that out right tried to destroy my credit after they were absolutely messy with paper work. The dealership failed to follow through on my our agreement, they tried to have me arrested on false charges to hide their wrong doing .I was completely vindicated immediately with his help. Very professional and trust worthy.
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Posted by Benjamin Margalit | December 8, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Various small business issues
Throughout my relation with Mr. Starke which goes back more than 25 years. I've known him to be knowledgeable to the extreme, a fast thinker, highly ethical and rough when need be. But more then that. Sheldon is a very generous man with a great sense for life and for humor.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • General Counsel
  • EMH, Inc.
  • 2009 - Present
  • Lawyer, Owner
  • Sheldon P. Starke & Assoc.
  • 1971 - Present
  • Special Counsel
  • American Embassy Ass'n
  • 1997 - 1999
  • Executive Assistant
  • Cuyahoga County Sheriff
  • 1970 - 1973
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Education

  • Cleveland State University - Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1971
  • Ohio State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1968

Legal Cases

  • American Embassy Ass'n
  • Letter Issued, Later Settled
  • U.S. vs. Williams et al
  • Reversed by 6th Cir.
  • State of Florida vs. Pahl
  • Collier County Appeals

Associations

  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Cuyahoga County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1972 - Present
  • Florida Bar
  • Member
  • 1971 - Present
  • New York City Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1983 - 2009
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Awards

  • Community Service Award
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • 2019
  • Community Service Award
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • 2018
  • Constitutional Law
  • Whitney-Bankroft
  • 1970

Speaking Engagements

  • Cuyahoga County Law Library
  • Employment Law: Adverse Employment Action in Employment Discrimination Cases
  • 2015
  • C.L.E.
  • Discrimination Law
  • 2015
  • Cuyahoga County Law Library
  • Entertainment Law
  • 2013
  • C.L.E.
  • Entertainment Law
  • 2012
  • Ohio State Bar Association-Ent. Law Section
  • Entertainment Law
  • 1996
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Attorney endorsements

Received (30)
Given (4)
Employment and labor Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse Sheldon Starke without any hesitation. He knows the law, the court system, and he knows people. You need all three of these to be successful; both in your practice and in representing clients. When someone says to me, “I need a good lawyer,” Sheldon is one of the first names that come to mind."
Employment and labor Attorney | Aug 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse attorney Starke. He is an experienced attorney, very knowledgable, prompt, and will be an excellent advocate for all of your legal needs."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 27
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Starke is a kind, compassionate and capable lawyer, and I endorse him. If you are in his area, do not hesitate to contact him/his firm."
Car accident Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. If you were injured in Ohio you want to call Mr. Starke."
Employment and labor Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Sheldon is a tireless advocate on behalf of his clients. He is knowledgeable, passionate, and the consummate professional."
Employment and labor Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Starke not only provides great information and advice to people on AVVO, he reads other attorneys' posts. This practice demonstrates his constant desire to learn other opinions and remain informed. I learn from this highly skilled, very experienced attorney with every answer he provides. I'm grateful for attorneys like him in the community. If this is how well he treats question askers on AVVO, I have confidence that he must treat his clients with the upmost professionalism and a comprehensive, thorough and learned approach towards the practice of law. Highly recommend this attorney."
Employment and labor Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Provides excellent advice for his clients and avvo readers. Zealously represents his clients with passion. I recommend."
Consumer protection Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Starke has the utmost experience and knowledge of a variety of legal issues. He will work hard to insure positive outcomes for his clients. I have worked with him and he has taught me a lot. He deeply cares about quality in the legal profession."
Employment and labor Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Starke gives concise and reliable advice, and is an asset to the AVVO community. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Starke brings an exceptional level of experience and knowledge to his clients, and to users of AVVO. I am happy to endorse him."
Consumer protection Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Starke provides thoughtful, educated and experienced answers to the questions provided herein. Attorney Starke provides a needed service by providing voluntary and free legal assistance to the individuals herein who are in need of immediate legal answers."
Consumer protection Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Internet Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I enjoy Attorney Starke's answers. He will focus on the practical as well as the legal issues and suggest taking the approach that helps the client without spending a fortune."
Wrongful termination Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Very knowledgeable and easily accessible. I am happy to endorse this lawyer"
Car accident Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer who is caring, careful and thorough when representing clients. He will do the right thing for any client he undertakes to represent."
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Starke is the lawyer you want in your corner. He takes the time to analyze and truly understand his client's issues. Mr. Starke’s work ethic, along with his legal acumen, enable him to provide best-in-class legal guidance and representation. Mr. Starke is a true professional."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Other
"Mr. Starke provides thoughtful and sound advice to his clients. He is straightforward and knowledgeable. A good attorney for anyone who needs help."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jan 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sheldon Starke is simply one of the best lawyers you can find in the Country and I don't say that lightly. Anyone who has a case would be wise to retain him. His wisdom and skill is even known here in NJ. I endorse him 100%"
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