Timothy C. James

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Toledo, OH

Ritter, Robinson, McCready & James, Ltd.
 | 1850 PNC Bank Bldg., 405 Madison Avenue
Toledo, OH 43604
Phone: 419-241-3213
Fax: 419-241-4925
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006, 2008 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1980
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Defense (60%),
  • Transportation/Maritime (20%),
  • Insurance Coverage (10%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Defense (10%)
Attorney Profile

During a career spanning almost four decades, Timothy C. James has proven himself to be a dedicated, skilled and knowledgeable litigator. As a partner at Ritter, Robinson, McCready & James, Ltd., he has become one of the leading insurance defense and insurance coverage attorneys serving Ohio and Michigan.

In 1977, Mr. James graduated cum laude from Miami University, where he was also selected for membership in Phi Beta Kappa. He graduated from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law with a Juris Doctor in 1980 and also holds a certification in litigation management. In addition to being admitted to practice before the state courts of Ohio and Michigan, Mr. James is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Mr. James holds memberships in the American Bar Association, the Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys, the Ohio State Bar Association, and the Trucking Industry Defense Association. He is frequently asked to give presentations to insurance industry groups on insurance defense trial strategies.

In 2016, Mr. James was selected by his peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers of America. He has also been named a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. In addition, Mr. James is a two-time winner of the Westfield Insurance Company's Golden Gavel Award for outstanding trial results, and he has been selected as one of the Nation's Top Attorneys by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel. He has also received an AV Preeminent* rating from his peers through Martindale-Hubbell.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - General (60%): Animal Bites, Wrongful Death, Trucking Accidents, Personal Injury - Defense

Transportation/Maritime (20%): Admiralty & Maritime Law, Transportation Law

Insurance Coverage (10%): Bad Faith Insurance, Insurance Defense

Personal Injury - Products (10%): Motor Vehicle Defects, Medical Devices, Pharmaceutical, Products Liability

Focus Areas

Animal Bites, Wrongful Death, Trucking Accidents, Personal Injury - Defense, Admiralty & Maritime Law, Transportation Law, Bad Faith Insurance, Insurance Defense, Motor Vehicle Defects, Medical Devices, Pharmaceutical, Products Liability


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Super Lawyers: 2006, 2008 - 2019

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About Timothy James

Admitted: 1980, Ohio

Professional Webpage: http://www.rrmjlaw.com/James.php


  • 2015 Anchor Award for Participation in a Think Tank to Develop a Checklist for Efficient Legal Services
  • 2015 OARS Award for Resolution Through Innovation
  • 2014 OARS Award for Resolution Through Innovation
  • 2011 Golden Gavel Award for Outstanding Trial Result
  • 2009 Golden Gavel Award for Outstanding Trial Result
  • Designated as a Fellow by the Litigation Counsel of America
  • "A.V." rated by Martindale-Hubbell, 2005-2017
  • Ohio Super Lawyers, 2007-2017
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel, 2017
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2017 in the field of Personal Injury Defense Litigation

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certification in Litigation Management by CLM, 2014

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Truck Industry Defense Association (TIDA)
  • Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys (OACTA)
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
  • Toledo Bar Association
  • Michigan Bar Association
  • Ohio Bar Association
  • America Bar Association
  • Michigan, 2014
  • United States Supreme Court, 2014
  • Federal Court of Appeals, 1990
  • Federal District Courts, 1981
  • Ohio, 1980

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • "Attorney Bailouts & Trial Day Challenges." Westfield Insurance Company, 2012
  • "Evidentiary Objections and the Use of Claims File Materials at Trial." Auto-Owners Insurance Company, 2012
  • "The Investigation, Evaluation and Trial of Wrongful Death Claims." Westfield Insurance Company, 2013
  • "Ohio Tort Reform - Is It Working?" Celina Insurance Group, 2013; Cincinnati Insurance Companies, 2013
  • "The Investigation & Defense of Truck Claims." Ohio Mutual Insurance Group, 2014
  • "Strategies for an Efficient and Effective Defense." Westfield Insurance Company Defense Days, 2014
  • "Ohio Insurance Bad Faith and a Mock Deposition", Auto Owners Insurance Companies, 2016; Ohio Mutual Insurance Group, 2016; and EMC Insurance Companies, 2015
  • "Utilizing Practical Client/Counsel Collaborations to Achieve Cost Effective Early Resolution Goals." CLM Annual Conference, 2015

Educational Background:

  • Miami University, B.A., Honors: cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1977

Industry Groups

  • Insurance Companies
  • Politcal Subdivisions
  • Risk Management Companies & Self - Insured Business Entities
Find Me Online
Website - www.rrmjlaw.com
Office Location for Timothy C. James

1850 PNC Bank Bldg.
405 Madison Avenue
Toledo, OH 43604

Phone: 419-241-3213

Fax: 419-241-4925

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Last Updated: 5/6/2019

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