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James Kelleher

Adjunct Professor of Law


School of Law


Email: James Kelleher
Phone: 937-223-1130
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James Kelleher is an attorney and partner at Pickrel, Schaeffer and Ebeling Co., L.P.A., where his practice is limited to plaintiff personal injury, wrongful death, product liability, civil and appellate litigation. He has tried cases in state and federal courts, and previously served as a municipal prosecutor for the Village of New Lebanon, Ohio. Mr. Kelleher represented, pro bono, a 9/11 family through Trial Lawyers Care. He is also a retired lieutenant colonel in the United States Army.

Mr. Kelleher is a member of the American and Ohio Associations for Justice, and the Ohio State and Dayton Bar Associations. He is a member of The Ohio State Bar Association Statewide Pro Bono Task Force, a trustee and past president of the Greater Dayton Volunteer Lawyers’ Project, a Master Emeritus, trustee and past president of The Carl D. Kessler Inn of Court, a trustee and past president of the Miami Valley Trial Lawyers Association, a member of the board of trustees of the The Artemis Center for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, past president of the board of trustees of Catholic Social Services and trustee and past president of the board of trustees of Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School.

In 2009, Mr. Kelleher received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Dayton Law School Alumni Association. In 2010, he became a Dayton Bar Association Foundation Fellow. He has been a member of Ohio Super Lawyers, in the field of personal injury law, since 2008.

Mr. Kelleher has served as an adjunct professor at Dayton Law since 1988, teaching products liability law for 20 years, and civil trial practice/evidence lab since 2008.

Courses Taught

LAW 6226 Civil Trial/Evidence Lab


J.D., University of Dayton, 1979
B.A., University of Dayton, 1972