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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.

I am now “Of Counsel” with the Columbus office of Steptoe & Johnson. S&J has extensive oil and gas law experience. See: or feel free to contact me via this web site.