About Our Firm

The law firm of James J. Gutbrod is a private practice located in Akron, Ohio.

A Different Approach

Our law firm is a little bit different than most personal injury and medical malpractice firms. Here’s how:

  • We are a smaller firm dedicated to personal attention to and advocacy for our clients.
  • We are selective about the cases we accept and the clients we represent.
  • We genuinely care about you, your case, and your outcome.
  • We have the specific knowledge of the law required to successfully represent our clients.
  • We have the experience (over 30 years) to help you recover the damages you are due.
  • We offer a FREE confidential case consultation.
  • In many cases you don’t pay anything upfront for our services.

Practice Areas

Our primary areas of service include:

  • Nursing Home Negligence
  • Vehicle Accidents
  • Personal Injury
  • Wills
  • End of Life Documents
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Professional Malpractice
James J. Gutbrod
James J. GutbrodOwner
James Gutbrod is a personal injury, nursing home abuse, and medical malpractice lawyer. He is a licensed practicing attorney with a highly focused law practice built around the principles of knowledge of the law, experience prosecuting malpractice, personal injury, and related cases, advocacy for his clients, and personal integrity grounded in his faith.

He has been representing clients in the northeast Ohio area for 30 years. During that time he has tried between 80 and 90 jury trials and has had several settlements and verdicts in excess of 1 million dollars.

Jim graduated from Kenyon College in 1979 Magna Cum Laude and was named to the Phi Beta Kappa honorary academic society. After 4 years of teaching and paying off student loans, he enrolled in the University of Akron law school, achieving the highest grade in both Constitutional Law and Torts (injury law), and graduated in 1986, passing the Ohio bar exam later that year.

After gaining training and experience for 14 years with a larger firm, he joined 2 other lawyers in a partnership for 5 years and then began his own private practice in 2005.

God has blessed Jim with his wonderful wife Lori, and 6 precious children.

“My law practice is built around the principles of knowledge of the law, experience prosecuting negligence, personal injury, malpractice, & related cases, advocacy for my clients, and personal integrity grounded in my faith.”


I had the privilege of meeting Jim Gutbrod when another attorney referred me to him who did not want to “handle” my case.. I wasn’t even sure if I should be there but it was a free consultation. I had never had any prior experience in this area. I’d had a surgery that had not gone as I had planned, but it was God’s plan. Jim Gutbrod was patient and compassionate and actually listened. I didn’t want to “go to trial.” Through Jim Gutbrod’s wisdom, faithfulness, and tenacity, it was settled quickly and out of court. He is the most dedicated attorney and is truly unlike any other. He has a “special calling” on his life to do what he does and does it successfully. I highly recommend him for any of your legal needs. Blessings!

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