James R. Blake

Jim Blake is Of Counsel in Day Ketterer’s Canton office. He has more than 40 years of experience in defense litigation involving electrical injuries, personal injury, products liability, construction accidents, and complex corporate litigation.

Jim has defended several Ohio public electrical utility companies in significant injury and death cases. He has also represented these companies and a number of other businesses throughout Stark, Summit, and surrounding counties in labor arbitrations, discrimination complaints, strikes, injunction proceedings, and union elections. Jim has protected clients’ rights before the National Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Ohio Civil Rights Commission and a number of other administrative agencies throughout Ohio.

He joined Day Ketterer in 1973 and served as a partner from 1977-2015, at which time he transitioned to of counsel. He was as elected the Firm's Managing Attorney in 2005 and served in the role until 2012. Under his leadership, Day Ketterer expanded regionally, adding an office in Hudson, Ohio.  He served on the firm’s Executive Committee for more than 20 years. Jim is married and has three adult children.


  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated™ through Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2008 - 2018
  • Best Lawyers® Litigation - Labor and Employment "Lawyer of the Year", 2017
  • Best Lawyers® Employment Law - Management "Lawyer of the Year", 2016 
  • Best Lawyers ® Labor Law - Management "Lawyer of the Year", 2015
  • Selected for inclusion in Ohio Super Lawyers® 2012, 2013


  • Rotary Club of Canton, Board of Trustees
  • Faith United Methodist Church, Administrative Board
  • Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, past Trustee
  • YMCA Board of Managers, past Chair
  • YMCA Fundraising Drive, past Chair
  • Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys, Member
  • Federation of Insurance and Corporate Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute


  • State of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • American Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Stark County Bar Association Courts, Arbitration, Trials, and Assignments Committee


  • The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Juris Doctor, cum laude, 1973
  • Duke University, Bachelor of Arts, 1970
    • Sigma Chi, President
    • Duke University Track Team, member

To contact Jim, please email him at jrblake@dayketterer.com or call him directly at 330.458.2019.