John P. Bacevice, Jr.

I am comfortable practicing in any setting or court. I am a fearless and zealous advocate for my clients’ best interests.

John (Jack) Bacevice, Jr. is a seasoned litigator with a focus on federal and state tort defense, specifically constitutional litigation. His practice focuses on federal civil rights, business litigation, and municipal law.

John began his law career with a two-year clerkship for the City of Cleveland, where he ultimately served as an Assistant Director of Law. While there, he gained considerable knowledge in 42 U.S.C. § 1983 litigation specifically defending Cleveland police officers accused of violating a plaintiff’s or decedent’s constitutional rights under color of law. He has gained extensive experience litigating employment civil rights cases serving as lead counsel in alleged unlawful reverse discrimination cases in federal court.

Mr. Bacevice is a Cleveland native and is a proud St. Ignatius alumnus. He currently resides in downtown Cleveland and loves to cheer on all of Cleveland’s sports teams.

John’s notable cases include:

  • State ex rel. Cuyahoga Lakefront Land, L.L.C v. The City of Cleveland, 2015-Ohio-1637 Supreme Court of Ohio
  • Bielawski v. City of Cleveland, et al. 1:12-CV-1392 N.D. Ohio
  • Mitchell v. Grasha, et al. 1:12-CV-2181 N.D. Ohio
  • Lewis v. City of Cleveland, et al. 1:13-CV-589 N.D. Ohio
  • Ohio Properties, LLC v. City of Cleveland 1:16-CV-2120 N.D. Ohio
  • Carr v. Johnson, et al. 1:17-CV-620 N.D. Ohio
  • Howse v. Hodous, et al. 1:17-CV-1714 N.D. Ohio
  • The Scrap Yard, LLC et al v. City of Cleveland, et al. 11-4076 United States 6th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Donnita Carmichael v. City of Cleveland, et al. 12-3657 United States 6th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Deborah Morabito v. Roger Holmes, et al. 14-3612 United States 6th Circuit Court of Appeals


  • J.D., Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University
  • B.S., John Carroll University