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James M. Kelly

James Kelly is the senior litigation partner at Robbins, Kelly, Patterson & Tucker. Jim began practicing law in Ohio in 1976. His practice focuses on business litigation and counseling involving contract disputes, employment agreements, enforcement of restrictive covenants, and employment practices. He has represented, for example, manufacturers, franchisors, construction companies, financial institutions, and technology companies.

Jim has represented clients in state and federal courts in many states, including Ohio, Alabama, California, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Texas. He also practices on behalf of clients before administrative agencies, such as state civil rights commissions, industrial commissions, and the EEOC.

In addition, Jim represents injured victims in personal injury claims. In this practice area, as well as his business practice, he has experience representing clients in mediation and arbitration. He believes using alternative dispute resolution methods are an efficient and less costly way of resolving disputes for clients.

Martindale-Hubbell recognizes Jim as AV® Preeminent Review Rated, the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards. He was selected to Ohio Super Lawyers for Business Litigation from 2010 through 2017.

Jim brings his firm’s philosophy of service and commitment to every client’s issues and concerns. His personal goal as an attorney and counselor is to understand his clients’ needs and efficiently achieve the best result possible.

Jim lives in Madeira with his wife, Dana. They have four children. In his spare time, Jim enjoys golf, travel, history, Cincinnati sports, and most especially, his family and four dogs.


  • AV Preeminent Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Ohio Super Lawyers, Business Litigation, 2010 - 2017

Professional Associations

  • Cincinnati Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • Lawyers for the Poor Foundation, Volunteer, 1995 - Present

Areas of Practice

  • Commercial/Corporate Litigation
  • Business Law
  • Employment – Employer
  • Personal Injury
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, 1976
  • S. District Court Southern District of Ohio, 1976
  • S. District Court Northern District of Ohio, 2006
  • S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1993
  • S. Tax Court, 1984
  • S. Supreme Court, 1993


  • University of Cincinnati College of Law, J.D., 1976
  • Xavier University, B.A., 1973