Magistrate Judge James R. Knepp, II


James M. Ashley and Thomas W.L. Ashley U.S. Courthouse

1716 Spielbusch Avenue, Room 318

Toledo, Ohio 43604-1363

Phone: (419) 213-5570

Fax: (419) 213-5575



James M. Ashley and Thomas W.L. Ashley US Courthouse


Chambers Staff:

Pam Armstrong, Courtroom Deputy Clerk

Emily McCoy Peterson, Law Clerk

Emily Puffenberger, Law Clerk


Biographical Information

Federal Judicial Service

Appointed to the position of Magistrate Judge by the Judges of the Northern District of Ohio effective July 30, 2010.

Law clerk to Honorable John W. Potter (deceased) United States District Court 1992-94.



Mount Union College, B.A. (magna cum laude), 1986

Bowling Green State University, M.A., 1987

University of Toledo College of Law, J.D. (summa cum laude, class valedictorian), 1992


Private Practice:

Robison, Curphey & O’Connell, Toledo, Ohio (associate, 1994-99; member 2000-10)

Substantial general litigation experience in federal and state courts including successful trial and appellate level defense of death and serious injury cases and class action litigation in federal and state courts. Also commercial, employment, products liability, and environmental litigation at the trial and appellate court levels.  Served for several years as national counsel for the locomotive video program of a Class 1 railroad.


Professional Associations:

American, Ohio and Toledo and Federal Bar Associations

American Inns of Court–Morrison Waite Chapter