James M. Wherley, Jr.


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Jim’s law practice focuses upon oil and gas litigation and consultation, civil litigation, and intellectual property law.  He is registered to practice in multiple state and federal courts and is a registered patent attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Oil and Gas:  Jim represents oil producers, drilling companies, and service companies in litigation in a broad range of oil and gas issues — including lease rights, production rights, dormant mineral rights, and corporate disputes.

 Civil LitigationJim has litigation experience — including bench and jury trials, mediations, arbitrations, post-trial practice, and appellate work — in a wide range of matters, such as uniform commercial code, insurance, the trucking industry, product liability, and personal injury.

 Intellectual PropertyJim puts to use his undergraduate double major of biochemistry and molecular biology, in conjunction with Black McCuskey’s other intellectual property lawyers, representing clients in intellectual property matters, including patent prosecution and protection of intellectual property rights.

 BackgroundJim grew up in Stone Creek and graduated as co-valedictorian from New Philadelphia High School. He attended Grove City College on a full-academic scholarship from which he graduated cum laude, double-majored in molecular biology and biochemistry, and was a 4-year starter on the men’s basketball team. In law school, Jim graduated with over a 4.0 grade average and worked as an extern in the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.  After graduating from law school, Jim scored in the 100th percentile on the Ohio Bar examination.

CommunityCommitted to his community, Jim is a former chair of the board of Personal & Family Counseling Services of Tuscarawas Valley, Inc., and is the current chair of its advisory board to Ohio Guidestone.  He is a former school board member of Indian Hills Christian School and is a graduate of Leadership Tuscarawas.  Jim and his family live outside of Stone Creek. He is an active member of his church, as he is consistory board member and was the past chair of its pastoral search committee.


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