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James A. Dearie

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Practice Areas

  • Civil Litigation
  • Criminal Defense
  • DUI & OVI/Traffic Defense/CDL Defense
  • Business Law & Litigation


Ohio lawyer James A. Dearie has been a practicing attorney since 1993. He has represented clients in civil, criminal, and traffic cases at all levels of the Ohio court system, including the Ohio Supreme Court. He is an active member of the Ohio State Bar Association, the Warren County Bar Association, and the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Jim was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. In 1990, he graduated with honors from the University of Notre Dame, with a BA in Economics. In 1993, he graduated with honors from the University of Georgia School of Law. After graduating law school, Jim served a one-year clerkship with a U.S. District Court Judge in Montgomery, Alabama. He then served four years in the U.S. Army as a Captain in the Judge Advocate General's Corps at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.

Upon leaving the Army in 1999, Jim went into private practice, representing business and individual clients throughout southwestern Ohio. He has served in leadership positions for numerous public and private entities, including the Lebanon City Council, the Warren County Criminal Justice Board, the Elizabeth's New Life Center, and the Mary, Seat of Wisdom High School Studies Group, Inc.

Bar Admission

  • Ohio


  • University of Georgia School of Law, Athens, Georgia
    • J.D. - 1993
    • Honors: With Honors
  • University of Notre Dame
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts - 1990
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Major: Economics

Professional Associations

  • Ohio State Bar Association, Member, 2000 to Present
  • Warren County Bar Association, Member, 2002 to Present
  • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member, 2007 to Present
  • Warren County Criminal Justice Board, Board Member, 2007 to Present
  • City Council, Lebanon, OH, Council Member, 2011 to Present
  • Republican Central Committee, Warren County, OH, 2012 to Present

Representative Cases

  • State vs. Mayl, rgued successfully before the Supreme Court of Ohio that blood test results in OVI cases must meet forensic standards even when the blood was taken for purposes of medical treatment., 2005, Supreme Court of Ohio
  • Gordon vs. Gordon, Argued successfully before the Supreme Court of Ohio that objections filed prior to a magistrate's decision must be fully considered by the trial Court., 2003, Supreme Court of Ohio

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Boards of Directors, Elizabeth’s New Life Center, 2005 to 2015
  • Board Member, Mary, Seat of Wisdom, High School Studies Group, Inc., 2005 to 2012

Past Positions

  • Rittgers & Rittgers, Lebanon, OH, Partner, 2001 to 2006
  • Faruki, Gilliam & Ireland PLL, Dayton, OH, Associate, 1999 to 2001
  • U.S. Army, Fort Leonard Wood, MO, Captain, Judge Advocate General’s Corps, 1995 to 1999
  • U.S. District Court Law Clerk, Hon. W. Harold Albritton, Montgomery, AL, Law Clerk, 1994 to 1995
  • Kilpatrick & Cody, Atlanta, GA, Associate, 1993