Attorney James B. Dietz (aka Jamie) is a life-long Mahoning Valley resident, graduating from Cardinal Mooney High School. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Dayton with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration (Finance Major), and then obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of Toledo College of Law. He is licensed to practice law in all courts in the State of Ohio, the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, and the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Attorney Dietz has been certified by the Ohio State Bar Association as a specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law. In addition to these specialized areas, Jamie limits his practice to corporate, business, real estate and transactional law. He is AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, the highest recognition possible in the legal industry, for his professionalism and ethics.
Jamie serves on the Ohio State Bar Association’s Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Section Council, having been appointed in 2016, and also serves on the Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Specialty Board for the OSBA which certifies the Specialists in this area of practice, having been appointed in 2017.
Attorney Dietz is the recipient of the 2005-2006 Lawyer of the Year Award (recognition of the skills advanced in the profession in the prior year) and the 2010-2011 Distinguished Service Award (appreciation for the many years of exemplary service to the MCBA and the community at large), both presented by the Mahoning County Bar Association. Cincinnati Magazine distinguished Jamie as a Super Lawyer for 2010, 2011 and 2021. He also served as President of the Mahoning County Bar Association for its 2008-2009 term year and President for the Mahoning County Bar Association Foundation for its 2012-2013 term year.
Jamie’s relationship with Friedman & Rummell Co., L.P.A. began when he served as an intern after his first year of law school in the summer of 1989. After becoming licensed to practice law in 1991, he joined the firm as an associate. He is now a principal with the firm and has been acting as the firm’s Managing Partner since 2014.
In addition to the Mahoning County Bar Association, his professional affiliations include the Trumbull County Bar Association, Ohio State Bar Association and the Mahoning-Shenango Valley Estate Planning Council (currently serving as its Secretary/Treasurer). He also serves on the Boards of Trustees for the Mahoning County Bar Association (currently serving as its Secretary/Treasurer), Habitat for Humanity of Mahoning County, Inc. (currently serving as its Vice-President), and Gateways To Better Living, Inc. (currently serving as its Chairman since 2018), as well as the Canfield Township Zoning Commission (past Chairman) after being appointed in 2009.
He is a frequent lecturer on a variety of estate planning and probate topics, and has instructed the Estate Planning course at Youngstown State University in the graduate accounting program.
Outside of the professional realm, Jamie serves on the Canfield Swim and Tennis Club Board of Trustees and the Canfield High School Swim and Dive Team Board (Treasurer). For the 2020-2021 season, Jamie served as the Head Coach for the Canfield High School Swim and Dive Team (boys and girls).
In 2008, Habitat for Humanity presented Jamie with the Golden Nail Award in recognition of his innovative leadership and exemplary community service. An avid runner, Jamie qualified for and completed the 2010 Boston Marathon, and as part of his quest in competing in this event, he raised over $11,500 to fight Spinal Muscular Atrophy, a genetic disease afflicting young children.
Jamie and his wife, Denise, a physical therapist, reside in Canfield, Ohio with their two children, James, Jr. and Luke.