James A. Climer


Mazanec, Raskin & Ryder Co., L.P.A.
100 Franklin's Row
34305 Solon Road
Cleveland, Ohio 44139

Tel: 440.287.8290

Email: jclimer@mrrlaw.com
Web: www.mrrlaw.com

Mr. Climer is a Partner with MRR and focuses his practice on employment and public sector law.

Jim’s renowned labor and employment practice serves numerous private and public organizations across Ohio. He also has considerable experience advising and defending governmental entities and their employees, including counties, municipalities, townships, school boards, park districts, and social service agencies. In addition, Jim currently serves as the Law Director for the Village of Oakwood.

Prior to joining MRR in 1991, Jim served as Assistant Law Director in the Civil Division for the City of Parma. His duties included advising city officials, acting as principal legal advisor to the City’s Safety Director, and drafting formal opinions, legislation, and contracts.

  • J.D., 1980, University of Toledo College of Law
  • B.A., 1977, Miami University
  • AV® Preeminent™ rating from Martindale-Hubbell Directory
  • Ohio Super Lawyers – State, Local and Municipal Law (2022 – 2023)
  • Selected Midwest Claims Service “Attorney of the Year” (2010)
  • Assistant Law Director, City of Parma, Civil Division (1983-1990)
  • Law Director, Village of Oakwood (2017 – present)
  • Employment Practices Seminar – City of North Olmsted (September 2022)
  • Qualified Immunity Panel Discussion, 8th District Judicial Conference (May 2022)
  • Legal Update – Ohio Municipal Attorneys Association (March 2019)
  • Legal Update – Northeast Ohio Law Directors Association (June 2019)
  • Employment Discrimination – Ohio Turnpike Commission In-House Seminar (February 2018)
  • Police Mutual Aid, Hot Pursuit and Police Pitfalls, Northeast Ohio Law Directors Association (2013)
  • An Update for Public Entities on Ohio Tort Law, Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys (2011)
Our Labor and Employment attorneys counsel and represent public and private companies, and public sector entities across the entire spectrum of labor and employment issues, including lawsuits and administrative proceedings that arise from federal employment laws such as Title VII, Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Americans with Disabilities (ADA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN), as well as their statutory counterparts under Ohio law.

We work cooperatively with in-house counsel, public officials, risk management professionals and human resource departments in handling all employment-related issues, including federal and state labor and employment law compliance, preparation and implementation of personnel policies and employment agreements, employee hiring, employee discipline, leaves of absence and accommodation issues, affirmative action, discrimination claims, workers’ compensation, benefit administration and health and safety regulations.

Our attorneys provide representation in all federal and state courts, and before the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, National Labor Relations Board, and Department of Labor.

When an organization or individual faces legal headwinds, they need legal experts who will stand by their side from beginning to end.

Our attorneys are dedicated to providing sound advice and counsel that will guide each client successfully through the legal matter that brought us together.

More than four decades of growth and success have brought new skills and approaches to the firm. MRR is now aligned into practice areas that include attorneys as well as other seasoned professionals drawn from the public and private sector. This structure allows our professionals to develop unparalleled expertise in their specific practice areas, as well as allowing MRR to offer services in a greater range of legal matters.

Our strong work ethic and collaborative approach to complex issues are contributing factors in the successful conclusion of the cases we have handled. The passion and stalwart character of our attorneys who stand up for every client have built our reputation for integrity. A high level of experience and expertise has enabled us to deliver results for clients ranging from insurance companies, construction-related business, food/beverage industry, and high-profile service professionals and business owners to educational institutions and public entities.

As trusted counsellors and attorneys at law, our strength in guidance ensures that we will always make every effort to provide sound advice and counsel to our clients.