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James R. Carnes

Partner, Litigation Practice Co-Administrator
1000 Jackson Street
Toledo, OH 43604


Marilyn Brockman

James R. Carnes is an accomplished trial lawyer with numerous defense verdicts and summary judgments on behalf of corporate clients at both federal and state court levels.  He has extensive experience in various areas of litigation, including Federal Employers' Liability Act, federal preemption, commercial disputes, medical malpractice, product liability, personal injury, occupational injury and illness, cumulative trauma and exposure claims, and employment-related claims.  He also has substantial experience in state and federal appellate courts.

Jamie has successfully developed and implemented defense strategies for clients involving federal preemption of state tort law claims.  He often works with corporate risk management and in-house counsel to implement company-wide case strategies and defense themes and to provide advice on settlement evaluations, legal budgeting, and potential risks of litigation.

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • Toledo Bar Association
  • Ohio Bar Association
  • Michigan Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute

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  • J.D., cum laude, The University of Toledo College of Law, 1998
  • B.S., Eastern Michigan University, 1995

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Ohio, 1998
  • Michigan, 1999
  • United States District Court Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio
  • United States District Court Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States District Court Northern District of Indiana
  • United States District Court Eastern District of Kentucky
  • United States Court of Appeals Sixth Circuit