Mr. Climer focuses his practice on public sector law, employment and labor, and school law matters. He has considerable experience advising and defending governmental entities and their employees, including counties, municipalities, townships, school boards, park districts, and social service agencies. He also maintains a significant labor and employment practice serving numerous private and public organizations, in addition to handling civil litigation, appellate and personal injury matters. Jim currently serves as the Law Director of the Village of Oakwood as well.
Prior to joining MRR in 1991, Jim served as Assistant Law Director in the Civil Division for the City of Parma. His duties included advising city officials, acting as principal legal advisor to the City’s Safety Director, and drafting formal opinions, legislation, and contracts.
Ohio State Bar Association
Federal Bar Association
Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
Defense Research Institute (DRI)
Northeast Ohio Law Directors Association
Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys (OACTA)
Ohio Municipal Attorneys Association
Parma Bar Association
Public Risk Management Association (PRIMA)
AV® Preeminent™ rating from Martindale-Hubbell Directory
Selected Midwest Claims Service “Attorney of the Year” (2010)
Assistant Law Director, City of Parma, Civil Division
Law Director, Village of Oakwood (Present)
Padua Franciscan High School, Chairman of the Board of Trustees