S. Jan Cleveland


501 S. Cherry Street, #1100

Denver, Colorado 80209

Phone: (303) 331-7970

Fax: (720 728-1253

Email: [email protected]

Areas of Practice

  • Virtual General Council
  • Mergers, Acquisitions, Joint Ventures
  • Commercial Transactions
  • Contracts and Licenses
  • Employment Law
  • Trials and Appeals
  • Real Estate Law
  • Wills and Estates

Awards | Recognitions

  • Special Recognition Award – John Deere, 2006
  • Special Rcognition Award – The Retired Enlisted Association, 2001

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado, 1992
  • US Federal District Court, District of Colorado, 1996


University of Denver College of Law, Denver, Colorado, 1992
  • J.D.
  • Honors: American Jurisprudence Award for Trial Practice, 1992
West Texas State University
  • B.A.
  • Major: Business Management

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Colorado Bar Association – Member
  • Denver Bar Association – Member
  • Colorado Theatre Guild, 2006-2008 – Board Member
  • Phillip J. Steele Foundation, 2003-2006 – Board Member and Co-Chairperson
  • Colorado Lawyers for the Arts, 2002-2004 – Executive Director

Past Employment Positions

  • Lewis, Scheid LLC, Partner, 2002-2009
  • Performance 2000, Inc., Consulting firm founder and President – strategic and operations guidance to high-tech companies., 1992-Present
  • Cleveland & Associates, Law firm founder and President, 1992-2002
  • U.S. West, Exec. Director Strategic Planning and Human Resources, 1984-1992
  • AT&T, Exec. Director Divestiture Planning / Director Corporate Real Estate, 1979-1984
  • Southwestern Bell, Variety of Management positions, 1974-1979

For more information about our firm and services, or to speak with an experienced lawyer, contact Scheid Cleveland, LLC.

Overview of Practice

Ms. Cleveland’s practice emphasizes a broad range of legal services for business clients, including business start-up assistance, employment issues, contracts, transactions, mergers and acquisitions, real estate issues, and litigation (trials and appeals) of a wide variety of substantive claims. She has served as legal counsel to Boards of Directors in the private, public and non-profit sectors and assisted businesses with restructuring, turnarounds and expansion.

Ms. Cleveland also acts as a consultant to businesses and has extensive leadership experience in multinational corporations during periods of rapid change. A change agent with multi-industry and multi-product background, she has formulated strategies for increased operations effectiveness and cost savings as well as assembled and led high performance teams at management and executive levels.

Highlights & Accomplishments

Business Start-Up

Assembled and led a US team of accounting, insurance and legal experts to enable France’s E Beaudrey & Cie to establish its first water filtration mechanical and electrical engineering firm in the US – Beaudrey American Services, LLC.

IP Attorney Integration

Designed plans, presented program steps, and guided implementation of structural and operational changes in John Deere for integration of its internationally based IP attorneys into various operating units focused on new technologies and corporate growth.

Executive Management Transformation

Senior Executive Consultant to the President of Johnson Controls, Inc. during transition to new leadership structure upon his retirement. Advised executive team over a two year period in development of new strategic and operational plans for internal reorganization and international expansion. Guided implementation of a new fifteen-member worldwide management team.

Operations Expertise/Change Initiative

Transformed court-ordered requirements (State of New York vs. S.C. Johnson Wax, Inc.) into plans for organization design and operations changes in S.C. Johnson Wax, Inc. Directed comprehensive change implementation in marketing, manufacturing, distribution packaging/labeling, and R&D.

Business Planning and Execution

As Executive Director – Strategic Planning of BetaWest Properties, designed strategies for company growth in collaboration with US WEST, its parent company. Implemented market/customer research programs, conducted competitive impact analysis, standardized commercial building project design/development procedures, and directed operations of human resource and advertising/public relations departments. In two years, company expanded threefold and built five commercial buildings in various states.

Strategic Planning/Organization Design

As Executive Director – Divestiture Planning during AT&T’s divestiture of all its subsidiary companies, restructured operations of business offices, phone centers and service centers in 22 companies and merged them into seven new companies. Formulated policies and procedures for ongoing business integration and personnel issues. Directed closure of 700 phone center locations, movement of another 300, and lease re-negotiations for 500. Efforts resulted in completion of this portion of divestiture within court-ordered 18-month time constraints realizing $7M in annual savings.

Cost Savings

Spearheaded comprehensive national effort to test and implement redesigned telephone sets using recently invented “polarity guard” to prevent line reversals. Generated annual cost savings for Western Electric, Inc. in excess of $12 million. Polarity Guard is now a critical component of all computers.

Representative Clients

  • Adams Plumbing and Heating, Co.
  • Agriburbia, Inc.
  • AFGO Laboratories, Inc.
  • ARE Solar, LLC
  • ArtSmyths, Inc.
  • Beaudrey American Services, LLC
  • Celebration Saunas, Inc.
  • Colorado Ranchers, Inc.
  • Cool Distribution, Inc.
  • Cuadritos USA, Inc.
  • David Chandler Company, Inc.
  • Dazzlejazz, Inc.
  • Denver Syrup and Bar Supply, Inc.
  • Eolas HR, LLC
  • Fox and Jane Salons
  • HOM Solutions, Inc.
  • John Deere
  • KiO Storage, LLC
  • Langan Consulting Group, Inc.
  • Natural Health Labs, Inc.
  • NavigatorMD, Inc.
  • Polar Ice, Inc.
  • Productos Campesino de Nebraska, Inc.
  • Radio Shack
  • RAM-CO Trucking Services, LLC
  • RSal Precision Machining, LLC
  • Reach Higher Ground, Inc.
  • Restoration of the Rockies, Inc.
  • Ruby Trust Cellars
  • Self-Care Academy, LLC
  • Sense of Healing, LLC
  • SOBO Telecom, LLC
  • TC Equity Investments, LLC
  • The Greatest Generations Foundation
  • The Retired Enlisted Association
  • Via Mediterranea, LLC
  • Vintage Theatre
  • VIZ Graphics
  • Wire to Wire, Inc.
  • Xaipros, Inc.
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