James W. Kelleher

Wrongful Death Matters | Product Liability Law | Personal Injury | Civil and Appellate Litigation

Jim is a shareholder of the firm and has more than 42 years of experience representing injured clients and the families and estates of deceased persons killed due to the negligence of individuals or corporations.

When a person or their loved one experiences a serious injury or death due to 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 needs will be met. Jim understands this is a highly emotional time and while being compassionate, he will vigorously represent his clients to ensure that responsible individuals and companies are held accountable. Each client receives professional service with personal attention and timely communication.

Jim’s practice is limited to representing injured individuals and the estates of deceased victims of negligent acts, product liability, negligence, insurance law, and wrongful death matters. 


Administrative Assistant: Arianah Maschmeier


J.D., University of Dayton School of Law, 1979 

B.A., University of Dayton, 1972


Lieut. Col., U.S. Army, retired

Bar Admissions

United States Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit, 1999

Ohio Supreme Court, 1979

Federal District Court, 1979


NFL Owner – Green Bay Packers

Awards & Recognition

Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review AV  – Top Rating

Distinguished Alumni Award, University of Dayton School of Law (2010)

Dayton Bar Association Foundation Fellow 2008–2016; 2020-2021

Ohio Super Lawyers/Plaintiff’s Personal Injury Law

AVVO 10.0 Top Rated Lawyer

Professional & Community Activities

Adjunct Professor, University of Dayton School of Law: Civil Trial Practice, 2007-2020; Products Liability Law (1987-2007)

Ohio Association for Justice

Miami Valley Trial Lawyers Association, Past President & Current Trustee

Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation, Trustee (2017-2019)

Dayton Lawyers Club: President, 2013-2015; Trustee; Member (2008-current)

Dayton Bar Association: Diversity Issue Committee, Past Chair; Certified Grievance Committee, Past Chair and 35-year member; Carl Kessler Inn of Court, Past President

Pro Bono Wills and Estate documents for Veterans at VA (2016-2019)

Ohio State Bar Association: Litigation Section, Pro Bono Statewide Task Force member

Greater Dayton Volunteer Lawyers Project, Past President & Trustee

Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School, Past Chair & Trustee (2004-2013)

Artemis Center for Prevention of Domestic Violence, Trustee/Vice Chair, (2010-2013)

Catholic Social Services, Past President and Trustee

Pro Bono representation of 9/11 family of deceased victim

Pro Bono representation of family of deceased victim of Dayton Oregon District Shooting in 2019

2008 and 2010 Ohio Democratic Party Obama Election Day Litigation Counsel

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