James P. Miller
Jim is a graduate of Ohio University (1960) and The Ohio State University College of Law (1963) where he was a board member and case note editor of the Ohio State Law Journal. Upon graduation from law school he joined Frederick J. Buckley as an associate lawyer. In 1965 Fred and Jim formed a law partnership then known as Buckley & Miller. Early in his career Jim additionally served as prosecutor and then law director for the City of Wilmington. He has been involved in the general civil practice of law since 1963, with a present emphasis on estate and trust planning and probate court practice. Earlier he was also actively involved in the areas of real estate law, business law and civil trial practice. He is licensed to practice before the United States Supreme Court and the Ohio Supreme Court.
Jim is a past president of the Clinton County Bar Association and has been a member of the Ohio State Bar Association’s Legal Ethics and Professional Conduct Committee since 1980, serving as chair from 2002-2004. He is also an Ohio State Bar Association Fellow and a past member of its Council of Delegates.
Jim and his wife Jo have been married for over fifty years and are the parents of three adult children: Susan Moore (Steve), Amy McComish (Chris) and John Miller (Jamie) and are grandparents of nine. He is a past president of the Wilmington Rotary Club and he and Jo are members of the Wilmington Presbyterian Church where he has served as a trustee and an elder. He has also served as a trustee of the Community Improvement Corporation of Wilmington as well as serving as chair of the Clinton County Chapter of the American Red Cross.
Karen Buckley is a native of Wilmington and a graduate of Wilmington High School, The College of William and Mary (A.B. in History, Alpha Lambda Delta, Phi Beta Kappa) and the University of Virginia (J.D.). After practicing law in Virginia for a few years, she returned to Wilmington in 1986 to work with the firm. She has concentrated her practice in estate planning, probate law and elder law, commercial and residential real estate and general business law.
Karen is past president of the Clinton County Bar Association and the Rural Legal Aid Society. She has served on the Public Defender Commission and the Residential Board of Appeals for Clinton County. She also served on the Ohio Supreme Court’s Board of Commissioners on Character and Fitness. She is currently serving on the Ohio State Bar Association Council of Delegates.
Karen is a member of the Wilmington Noon Rotary and has served on its Board. She has been active in the P.E.O. Sisterhood, the Six and Twenty Club and the Wednesday Book Club. She is on the Board of Trustees of the Charlie Fischer Fund (which serves medical needs of Clinton County children), and the Board of Trustees for Cape May Retirement Village. She is a member of the Historical Society and the Clinton County Genealogical Society and has served on the Historical Society Board.
Karen is a past member of the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce Board and was President of the Clinton County Foundation for over ten years. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Decorative Arts Society of Cincinnati. She is also active in the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America, currently serving on the Ohio Society’s Board of Managers, Executive Committee and as Chair of the Historical Activities Committee. She also is a member of the National Board of the Society, currently serving as National Parliamentarian.
Karen serves on several Dames national committees including the Governance Committee, the Codification Committee, and the Museum Consortium Committee. The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America owns and/or manages more historic properties than any other organization except the National Park Service.
Jeffrey L. Wright
Jeff originally joined the firm as an associate in 1974. From that time, he has extensively practiced in the areas of real estate title law, as well as estate planning and general civil practice. His experience also includes representing local lending institutions, having also served as a director of the former Sabina Bank and the Sabina Building & Loan Company. He also represents both agricultural clients and agricultural lenders. He has served as Chairperson of the Agricultural Law Committee of the Ohio State Bar Association.
Jeff is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in mathematics, and of The Ohio State University College of Law with a Juris Doctor degree (cum laude). He resides with his wife, Debbie, in Fayette County.