Attorney Profile for  James T. Dixon


Jim helps businesses and individuals anticipate and manage risk and resolve disputes on construction projects.  He drafts and negotiates construction contracts, provides risk management and conflict resolutions counseling before and during the course of construction, and mediates, arbitrates and litigates disputes. He has tried cases and argued appeals in state and federal courts, arbitrated fast-track and large complex construction disputes and mediated disputes of all sizes.

To keep his contacts informed of important developments, Jim publishes a monthly e-newsletter, the archive of which is available at You can also follow Jim on LinkedIn


  • "Fundamentals of Construction Contracts" (Lorman), July 2004, January 2005, 2006 and 2007
  • "The ABCs of Contract Review and Negotiating" (Lorman), March 2005
  • "Change Orders in Ohio" (Lorman), April 2005
  • "What To Do When Projects Go Bad" (Lorman), May 2005
  • "Managing Construction Projects in Ohio" (Lorman), August 2006, 2007, 2008; January 2008, 2009 
  • "Construction Lien Law in Ohio" (Lorman), November 2006, 2007, 2008; October 2007; November 2008; April 2010; April 2011 
  • "Construction Law from Contract to Close-Out" (Lorman), October 2008
  • "Construction Law for Architects, Engineers & Contractors" (Half Moon), November 2009; December 2010
  • "Prevailing Wage Law" (Lorman), February 2009; March & April 2010
  • "Independent Counsel for the Insured" (CEU Institute), February 2011
  • "Allocation of Loss Among Insurance Policies" (CEU Institute), February 2011

Representative Matters:

  • Churchill Downs Clubhouse Renovation; Louisville, KY (Structural Steel Subcontractor Erection Delay and Disruption Claims)
  • Historic GM&O Building; Mobile, AL (Developer Defense of Katrina-related Payment Claim)
  • North Royalton Residence (Seller Fraudulent Concealment Claims)
  • Brecksville, Bath, and Medina Spec and Custom Residences (Builder Fraud and Consumer Sales Practices Act Claims)
  • Middle Bass & South Bass Island Airports; Ottawa County, OH (Engineering Malpractice Defense)
  • Tyson Event Center; Sioux City, IA (Structural Steel Erection Subcontractor Delay and Extra Work Claims)
  • Commercial Site Development; North Ridgeville, OH (Appellate Review of Pay-If-Paid Provision)
  • Lorain City Jail Improvements; Lorain, OH (Appellate Review of Third-Tier Subcontractor Unjust Enrichment Claim)
  • I-580 Improvements; Dublin, CA (Other/Excess Insurance Coverage Dispute)
  • Fry's Electronics Retail Store; Fremont, CA (General Contractor Intentional Tort Defense)
  • Second Street Tower; San Francisco, CA (Developer Delay and Defective Work Claims)

Phone: (216) 515-1642

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  • J.D., Case Western University School of Law, 1997
  • Editor in Chief, Case Western Reserve University Law Review
  • B.A., Denison University, Granville, Ohio, 1991


  • United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, January 2011
  • State of Ohio, July 2004
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, January 2004
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of California, May 2002
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California, April 1999
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California, December 1997
  • State of California, December 1997

Professional Associations:

  • American Arbitration Association Panel of Neutrals (2010)
  • Home Builders Association of Greater Cleveland
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Construction Law Committee
  • California Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Construction Industry Forum

Community Involvement:

  • The Citizens League of Greater Cleveland, 2009-Present
  • The City Club of Cleveland, New Leaders, 2005-2010
  • Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, Volunteer Lawyers Program, 2005-2009
  • Pro Arts, Inc., Oakland, California, Board of Directors, 1999-2003
  • Nature Center at Shaker Lakes, Board of Directors, 2012-Present
  • U.S. Green Building Council, Northeast Ohio Chapter, Board of Directors, 2013-Present


  • "Tackling Oil & Gas Projects in Ohio," Builders Exchange Magazine (February 2012) (Co-Author)
  • "Lien Law Traps:  What You Should Know," Builders Exchange Magazine (December 2010) (Co-Author)
  • "Ohio Courts on the Scope of Arbitration Agreements," Builders Exchange Magazine (February 2010).
  • "Ohio's Asbestos Regs: What You Must Know Before Building," Builders Exchange Magazine (July 2008).
  • "Family Feud:  Updated AIA Contract Documents and New Consensus Docs Battle for Market Share," Builders Exchange (March 2008).
  • "On Lemon Squeezers and Locking Devices: Consumer Product Safety and Firearms, A Modest Proposal." 47 Case W. Res. L. Rev. 979 (1997).
  • The archive for Jim's monthly e-newsletter is available at