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jFortI grew up in Shelby, Richland County, Ohio. I graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy, — five years of sea duty as a Surface Warfare Officer, 19 years in the Navy Reserves, retiring as a Captain. I also graduated from The Ohio State University College of Law. I was an attorney at Marathon Oil Company in Robinson, Illinois and Findlay, Ohio. I was at the large Toledo law firm, Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP, for twenty years, in the Real Estate Department and the Environmental Practice Group.

From 2012 to 2014, I practiced oil and gas law at the Columbus firm of Porter Wright Morris & Arthur. The practice included mineral title work, pipeline work, lease interpretation, buying and selling of leases, etc.
From 2014 to 2018 I was “Of Counsel” with the Columbus office of Steptoe Johnson, a large energy firm, where I did mostly oil & gas drilling title opinions.
I now enjoy helping my clients in the areas of real estate, estate planning, probate, business, corporate, contract, environmental and oil & gas law.