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Jim was raised on a farm in northern Darke County and graduated from Mississinawa Valley High School. There, he was president of the local FFA chapter, Student Council president, and a member of the National Honor Society.  He attended The Ohio State University, majoring in Agricultural Economics and graduating with honors, and then worked as an Organization Director for the Ohio Farm Bureau for two years.


Jim attended the University of Toledo Law School, where he was the Executive Editor of the Toledo Law Review.  He had the honor of graduating first in his class, was named the school’s Valedictorian and Outstanding Graduate, and was named to the prestigious legal honorary, Order of the Coif.

After working for a large law firm in Toledo where he focused on commercial litigation, Jim returned home to Darke County in 1995. Since then, he has represented numerous local individuals and businesses, and has earned a reputation for being an honest and sincere attorney who fights for his clients.

In addition to his professional responsibilities, Jim maintains a strong commitment to the community. Some prior and current boards on which he has served include: the YMCA, Wayne Industries, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Red Cross, City of Greenville Civil Service Commission, Darke County Board of Elections, and the Darke County Law Library Resources Board.  He has also served the community as a business law instructor at Edison State Community College.


Today, Jim’s practice focuses primarily on domestic relations matters (divorce, dissolution, custody), bankruptcy (Chapter 7), real estate matters, commercial litigation (business, probate), and estate planning and probate administration.  Jim’s experience, integrity, and vigorous commitment to his clients are qualities which set him apart as an attorney you can trust.

Jim has two adult children and two grandchildren. He and his wife Rebecca live with her children in Greenville, and like to spend their time running, supporting local events, or attending concerts.

Darke County Courthouse - Detling Law Office
  • Admitted: Ohio Bar Association, 1989

  • Law School: University of Toledo School of Law, J.D. (magna cum laude)

  • College: The Ohio State University, Agricultural Economics, B.S. (cum laude)

  • Professional Associations:

    • Darke County Bar Association, Past Officer

    • Ohio State Bar Association

    • Community/ Volunteer Affiliations

    • Darke County YMCA – Past Chairman, Board of Directors

    • Wayne Industries  - Board of Directors    

    • Darke County Law Library Resources Board  - Current Chairman   

    • Darke County Board of Elections