Education and Experience

business litigation attorney james vargo in columbus ohio at vargo lawSince being admitted to practice law in 1997, I have handled a variety of legal matters for both individuals and businesses. I worked for a large, national law firm, but also for smaller and mid-sized law firms located in Central Ohio.

I have advised national and international insurance companies on complex coverage determinations, successfully defended heavy-duty equipment manufacturers and national food processors against product liability claims, and defended one of the “Big Three” automobile companies  against consumer claims in cases throughout Ohio.

I have represented clients in multi-district securities litigation and defended multiple class actions in federal court. I secured a $4,750,000 verdict in a case involving a breach of a non-circumvent agreement and successfully defended a million-dollar breach of fiduciary duty claim.

I have also represented many small businesses in commercial disputes, individuals in traffic-related offenses and criminal matters, and performed prosecutorial duties for a local municipality.

As a sole practitioner, I utilize the experience and knowledge I have gained over the years to provide both individuals and businesses with quality legal representation in a more efficient manner.

Campbell Memorial High School
Campbell, Ohio
Class of 1987

Youngstown State University
Youngstown, Ohio
Bachelor of Science, Secondary Education, 1992

The University of Akron School of Law
Akron, Ohio
Juris Doctor, May 1997, Magna Cum Laude
The Akron Law Review, Editorial Board, 1996-1997

Bar Admissions:
State of Ohio, Admitted 1997
United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio, Admitted 1998
United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio, Admitted 1999
United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, Admitted 2004
United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, Admitted 2009

Professional Associations and Memberships:
Columbus Bar Association
Mahoning County Bas Association
Ohio State Bar Association

Ohio Super Lawyers 2012-2021

Past Employment
Kaltenbach Vargo, LLC
Columbus, Ohio
March 2014 to October 2018

James G. Vargo, Attorney at Law
Akron, Ohio/ Columbus, Ohio
October 2002 to November 2003
June 2010 to March 2014

James E. Arnold & Associates, LPA/
Clark, Perdue, Arnold & Scott, LPA
Columbus, Ohio
February 2006 to June 2010

Maguire & Schneider, LLP
Columbus, Ohio
November 2003 to February 2006

Baker & Hostetler, LLP
Columbus, Ohio
October 1998 to October 2002

State of Ohio, Seventh District Court of Appeals
Youngstown, Ohio
November 1997 to October 1998