Joseph M. Saponaro

Joseph Saponaro


Joseph M. Saponaro is a trusted leader and accomplished attorney with more than 20 years of experience in complex real estate transactions, including acquiring, selling, leasing, financing, and developing commercial real estate, on a regional and national basis. Prior to practicing law, Joe served as Chief Administrative Officer for a private national company for over 10 years. His vast business experience and diverse education, coupled with his natural skills as a dynamic communicator, have enhanced and advanced his legal practice.


Representative Matters

• Represented restaurant franchisees in leasing 50 in-line and out-parcel locations nationwide

• Represented client in sale of $300-million office building

• Represented client in sale of $60-million industrial portfolio

• Represented major tenant in a 65,000 SF office lease

• Represented modal transportation company in obtaining $5-million grant from Ohio Department of Transportation

• Represented client in obtaining over $500,000 in appropriation matter regarding the I-90 Inner Belt Bridge project

• Represented commercial landlords in 100+ leasing transactions with national and regional tenants

• Represented clients with respect to multiple joint venture development of 80/20 residential projects


Civic and Professional Involvement

• Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Real Estate Law Section; Chair, 2006 2007, 2015-2017.

• Real Estate Institute Planning Committee, 2004-present.

• American Bar Association; Vice Chairman of the Retail Leasing Committee for the Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section

• Justinian Forum

• Lawyer’s Guild

• Ohio State Bar Association

• Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association

• Acting judge, Rocky River Municipal Court

• Mayfield Village Council President (past) and Council Member for over 15 years, completing his last term in 2019 before retiring from public service.



• Ohio “Super Lawyers,” Real Estate Law, 2017-2020

• Martindale-Hubbard – AV Preeminent rating

• Outstanding Fellow – Leadership Academy of Cleveland State University-Levin College of Urban Studies, 2005

• Established Leader – Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Inaugural Leadership Academy, 2018



Bar Journal of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, “The Public Trust Doctrine and Submerged Lake Erie Lands in Ohio”

Builders Exchange Magazine, “Choosing the Right Entity for Your Business”

Clev. St. L. Rev., 115, “Determining the Immunity ‘Measuring Stick:’ The Impact of the Health Care Quality Improvement Act and Antitrust Laws on Immunity Aspects of Granting Privileges to Physician Assistants”


Bar Admissions

• Northern District of Ohio

• US Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit

• All Ohio State Courts

• District of Columbia



• Bowling Green State University, BS in Business Administration, 1986

• Cleveland State University, MA in Economics, 1996

• Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D., 1999