James G. Vargo

Vargo Law LLC


1900 Bethel Road

Columbus, Ohio 43220



Youngstown, Ohio





Business Litigation

Personal Injury Claims


Columbus Bar Association

Mahoning County Bar Association

Ohio State Bar Association


Ohio Super Lawyers 2012-2018

Education and Experience

I was born in Youngstown, Ohio, in 1969.  I am a graduate of Campbell Memorial High School and Youngstown State University.

I earned my law degree from the University of Akron School of Law in 1997, graduating magna cum laude and serving on the Editorial Board of The Akron Law Review.

While in law school, I served as a student intern for the Ohio Court of Appeals, Seventh Appellate District.  Upon graduation, I accepted a full-time position as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Gene Donofrio, and was employed in that capacity from November 1997 to October 1998.  While with the Court, I was exposed to a wide range of appellate issues, both civil and criminal, procedural and substantive.

In 1998, I accepted a position with Baker & Hostetler, LLP, in Columbus, Ohio.  While with Baker & Hostetler, I represented national and international insurance companies on coverage matters, defended product liability claims for heavy-duty equipment manufacturers, defended one of the Big Three automobile companies against consumer and breach of warranty claims, and performed prosecutorial duties for a local municipality.

I joined Maguire & Schneider, LLP, in 2003, where I expanded my practice into a variety of areas.  I was involved in multi-district securities litigation and the defense of product liability claims for national food processors.  At the same time, I represented small and mid-size businesses in commercial disputes, and individuals in traffic-related offenses and criminal matters.

In 2006, I joined Clark, Perdue, Arnold & Scott, LPA, where I handled claims involving personal injury, medical malpractice, and wrongful death.  I also continued to expand my commercial practice, defending class actions and representing both plaintiffs and defendants in various business disputes.

I broadened my trial experience after joining James E. Arnold & Associates, LPA in 2008, where I was instrumental in securing a $4,750,000 verdict in a case involving a breach of a non-circumvent agreement, and where I successfully defended a million-dollar breach of fiduciary duty claim.

On June 21, 2010, I began a career as a sole practitioner.  In doing so, I seek to utilize the experience I have gained over the years to provide both individuals and small businesses with quality legal representation in a more efficient manner.



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