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James E. Yavorcik


Location: Toledo, Ohio

JAMES E. YAVORCIK is a partner at Cubbon and Associates and has been with the firm since 1987. He was admitted to practice in Ohio in 1979 and is also admitted in the Michigan and Federal courts. Jim is board certified as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.

Prior to joining Cubbon and Associates, Jim, was an assistant Lucas County prosecutor, and also has been appointed special prosecutor in Van Wert and Lucas County on fraud, theft, and homicide cases. Jim is a past president of the Toledo Bar Association and the Toledo Area Trial Lawyers Association. He formerly served as a Trustee for the Ohio Association of Justice and is a member of the American Association for Justice. He is also a member of the Ohio State, Lucas County, and Michigan bar associations. Jim is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America. He was selected as one of the top 100 trial attorneys in Ohio by the National Trial Lawyers and has been listed as an Ohio Super Lawyer in the field of personal injury law for the past 12 years.

Jim has been selected by his peers to be included in the most recent edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiffs had was named the 2017 Toledo Lawyer of the Year in the personal injury field.

As part of the firm's commitment to continuing legal education, Jim has lectured extensively across Ohio on topics including jury selection, evidence, medical malpractice, settlement negotiation, and professionalism. He has extensive trial and appellate experience, including oral argument before the Ohio Supreme Court on an insurance coverage dispute stemming from a bus crash involving the Bluffton University baseball team.

When not practicing law, Jim can be found practicing guitar and bass and has played with various musical groups in Toledo. He also enjoys golfing and following the Ohio State Buckeyes.

Jim is married to Barbara Culpert Yavorcik, an electrical engineer who has been recognized for her advocacy efforts on behalf of autistic individuals in Ohio. They have two grown children, and one granddaughter.

Year Joined Firm

  • 1987

Areas of Practice

  • 90% Plaintiff's Personal Injury Litigation
  • 5% Other Litigation
  • 5% Mediation and all other areas

Litigation Percentage

  • 95% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Civil Trial Advocacy, National Board of Trial Advocacy, 2007

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, 1979
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio, 1980
  • Michigan, 1981
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1984
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 2008
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2012


  • University of Toledo College of Law, Toledo, Ohio
    • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence - 1979
  • Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts - 1976
    • Honors: Dean's List, 1974 - 1976
    • Major: Journalism

Published Works

  • What Every Attorney Should Know About Personal Injury Law, Toledo Bar Newsletter, 2012
  • Civil Trial Preparation, Ohio State Bar Association, 2005

Representative Cases

  • Smith v. Erie Ins. Co., 2016-Ohio-7742 (Amicus Curiae brief)
  • Federal Insurance Co. v. Executive Coach, 128 Ohio St.3d 331 (2010)
  • Nowell v. Titan Ins. Co., 466 Mich. 478 (2006)
  • Nichols v. Lathrop Co., 159 Ohio App. 3d 702 (2005)
  • Auto-Owners Ins. Co. v. Brubaker, 638 N.E.2d 124 (Ohio App. 6 Dist. 1994)
  • Brinkman v. Toledo, 611N.E.2d 280 (Ohio App. 6 Dist. 1992)
  • State v. Vasquez, 481 N.E.2d 640 (Ohio App. 6 Dist. 1984)


  • Jury Selection, Toledo Bar Association
  • Civil Trial Preparation, Ohio State Bar Association
  • Ethics, University of Toledo College of Law

Honors and Awards

  • Toledo Lawyer of the Year - Plaintiff's Personal Injury Law, 2016 - 2017
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America, Plaintiff's Personal Injury Law, 2015 - 2020
  • Top 100 trial attorneys in Ohio, National Trial Lawyers
  • Ohio Super Lawyer

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Toledo Area Trial Lawyers Association, President, 1992 - 1993
  • Toledo Bar Association, Past President, 2009 - 2010
  • Ohio Bar Association, Member
  • Ohio Association for Justice, Member
  • Lucas County Bar Association, Member
  • Michigan bar association, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Lucas County Prosecutor's Office, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, 1981 - 1987
  • Toledo Blade, Legal Affairs Reporter, 1977 - 1981

Pro Bono Activities

  • Panel Attorney Toledo Bar Pro Bono Program, 1980 - 2016

Ancillary Businesses

  • Mediation