J.D., University of Dayton School of Law, 1979
B.A., University of Dayton, 1972
Lieut. Col., U.S. Army, retired
Ohio Supreme Court, 1979
United States Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit, 1999
Federal District Court, 1979
NFL Owner – Green Bay Packers
Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review AV – Top Rating
2009 Distinguished Alumni Award, University of Dayton School of Law
2010 Dayton Bar Association Foundation Fellow
2008 – 2016; 2020 Ohio Super Lawyers/Plaintiff’s Personal Injury Law
Jim is a Shareholder with the firm and has more than 35 years of experience in personal injury and wrongful death cases. He represents injured clients, their families and the estates of the deceased persons who have been injured or killed due to the negligence of individuals or corporations.
When a person or their loved one experiences a serious injury or death as a result of an accident, the aftermath can be devastating. Many people can be angry, fearful, frustrated, and confused about the complex insurance, legal, and medical issues and how their family’s financial need will be met. Jim understands this is a highly emotional time and while being compassionate, he will vigorously represent his clients to make certain that the responsible individuals and companies are held accountable. Each client receives professional service with personal attention and timely communication.
Jim’s practice is limited to representation of injured individuals and estates of deceased victims of negligent acts, products liability, negligence, insurance law, and wrongful death matters.
On Saturday, November 4, 2017 the Dayton Bar Association partnered with the Dayton Chapter of the Federal Bar Association to provide free wills, financial powers of attorney, living wills and durable health care powers of attorney to military veterans and their spouse or domestic partner...
Congratulations to James W. Kelleher for being elected to the Board of the Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation. The Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation was founded in 1973 when the Hospital leaders realized they needed a dedicated—and separate—nonprofit entity to manage charitable contributions. Today, the Foundation provides approximately...
Adjunct Professor University of Dayton School of Law: Civil Trial Practice, 2007 – present, Products Liability Law, 1987 – 2007
The Ohio Association for Justice
The Miami Valley Trial Lawyers Association, Past President & Current Trustee
Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation, Trustee (2017 – 2019)
The Dayton Lawyers Club, President, 2013 – 2015; Trustee 2011-2017
Dayton Bar Association Diversity Issues Committee, Past Chair
Dayton Bar Association Certified Grievance Committee, Past Chair and 35 year member
Dayton Bar Association Carl D. Kessler Inn of Court, Past President & Executive Committee member
Ohio State Bar Association, Litigation Section
Ohio State Bar Association Pro Bono Statewide Task Force member
The Greater Dayton Volunteer Lawyers Project, Past President & Trustee
Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School & Past Chair and Trustee, 2004 – 2013
Artemis Center for Prevention of Domestic Violence, Trustee and Vice Chair, 2010 – 2013
Catholic Social Services Past President & Trustee
Pro Bono representation of 9/11 Family of deceased victim, with Trial Lawyers Care Program
Pro Bono representation of Family of deceased victim after the Dayton Oregon District Shooting of 2019
Pro Bono Wills for Vets at VA 2016 –
2008 & 2010 Ohio Democratic Party Election Day Litigation Counsel, Dayton Region