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Jim is a director of Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co., L.P.A., and currently serves as a member of the firm’s management committee. Jim is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trusts, and Probate Law by the Ohio State Bar Association.


  • The University of Akron, B.S. in Accounting, magna cum laude, 1989
  • Case Western Reserve University, J.D., cum laude, 1992

Professional Experience

  • Estate Planning and Estate and Trust Administration
  • Elder Law and Medicaid Planning
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Special Needs Trusts
  • Asset Protection Planning
  • Charitable Giving
  • Business and Corporate Formation and Planning

Courts & Bar Admissions

  • Admitted to Practice in Ohio, 1992

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • Stark County Bar Association (Estate Planning and Probate, Elder Law, Corporate Law and Bar Applicant Committees)
  • Tuscarawas County Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Board of Trustees, Kent State Tuscarawas Foundation
  • Board of Trustees, Tuscarawas County Senior Center (Treasurer)
  • Dover Rotary Club current member (past president & board member)
  • Dover City Schools Education Foundation – current Trustee & past President
  • Dover Tornados Football Team game public address announcer
  • Former High school football color analyst for WJER Radio
  • St. Joseph Catholic Church, Dover – current member; past Parish Council member
  • Dover Knights of Columbus – member
  • Union Country Club, Dover – member
  • Former City of Dover Parks and Recreation Committee (Mayor appointed member)
  • Dover youth baseball coach (past)
  • Dover Baseball Leagues (past board member)
  • Tuscarawas County Small Business Advisory Council (past)
  • YMCA youth sports volunteer coach (past)
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tuscarawas County (past president & board member)
  • Stark County United Way Allocations Committee (past member)
  • Tuscarawas County Senior Center Building Campaign (past board member)
  • Tuscarawas County Chapter American Red Cross (past board member)
  • Tuscarawas Central Catholic High School Foundation and Alumni Association (past board member)
  • Holy Trinity Budget Committee (past)
  • Stark County Golf Charities Committee (past)

Honors & Awards

  • University of Akron: Voted Outstanding Senior and Top Senior in Accounting, 1989
  • Ohio Rising Stars, 2005-2007
  • Ohio Super Lawyers®, 2009-present
  • Top 100 Lawyers in the State by Ohio Super Lawyers®, 2010-2012; 2015
  • Best Lawyers in America®, 2009-present
  • Named Best Lawyers in America® “Lawyer of the Year” in Litigation-Trusts & Estates (2015, 2022) Akron Area
  • AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Rated 10 Superb by Avvo

Notable Presentations or Publications

  • “Estate Planning for Beneficiaries with Special Needs”
  • “Use of Stable Accounts”
  • “Planning Your Estate & Protecting Your Assets”
  • “Medicaid: Planning for Long Term Care”

Articles Published by James F. Contini II

Federal and Ohio Tax Changes

Federal and Ohio Tax Changes For 2022, there are a number of federal and Ohio tax changes that individuals should be aware of as well as increases due to inflation. Some of those federal and Ohio changes are as follows: Social Security monthly payments will rise by approximately 6% in […]

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Comparison of 529 Accounts, Accounts Under Ohio Transfers to Minors Act, and Irrevocable Trusts

Comparison of 529 Accounts, Accounts Under Ohio Transfers to Minors Act, and Irrevocable Trusts I often have questions from clients who want to establish an investment for their grandchildren as to what type of account they should establish. Basically, there are three types of accounts that individuals can establish for […]

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Organ, Tissue and Eye Donation in Ohio

Organ, Tissue and Eye Donation in Ohio Ohio allows individuals to be donors of organs, tissue, and eyes. If an individual has not already registered as a donor with the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles when obtaining or renewing his or her driver’s license, the individual can complete a document […]

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Make Sure Your General Durable Financial Powers of Attorney are Updated

Make Sure your General Durable Financial Powers of Attorney are Updated As we have discussed on a few occasions, a General Durable Power of Attorney for financial affairs is a legal document whereby an individual gives another individual the power to act on his or her behalf to make financial […]

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OSHA Emergency Covid-19 Vaccination and Testing Mandates

OSHA EMERGENCY COVID-19 VACCINATION AND TESTING MANDATES The OSHA Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) regarding mandatory vaccinations and testing for all employers of 100 or more employees was announced on November 4, 2021, although it will not be officially published until November 5, 2021. Some of the basic provisions of the ETS […]

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New Covid-19 Relief Package

NEW COVID-19 RELIEF PACKAGE It appears that both the House of Representatives and U.S. Senate have finally agreed on a new relief package to address a number of issues as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. After passing both the House of Representatives and U.S. Senate, the bill ended up […]

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