James A. Federoff

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James (Jim) was admitted to the bar in the State of Indiana in 1975 after serving as a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. Since then, he's been practicing law in Fort Wayne, focusing on real estate and business matters. Jim has represented real estate developers, national commercial retailers, and agricultural owners and livestock producers in local, regional and statewide projects. He was a principal author of amendments to Indiana planning and zoning laws, as well as many of the forms for residential real estate and construction in Northeast Indiana. In addition, Jim has served as a chairman, as well as an author and lecturer in numerous real estate legal education programs for lawyers, planners, and real estate professionals.

Areas of Practice

  • Real Estate Transactions
  • Real Estate Development
  • Land Use and Zoning
  • Agricultural Real Estate Matters
  • Leasing
  • Business Organizations
  • Business Transactions
  • Real Estate and Business Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Indiana
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • Wayne State University Law School, Detroit, Michigan
    • J.D. - 1975
  • Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan
  • B.A. cum laude - 1969
  • Major: Psychology

Honors and Awards

Martindale-Hubbell® rated "AV Preeminent", which is the highest possible rating for legal ability and ethical standards

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Allen County Bar Association, Member, Past President and Member Board of Directors, 1975 - Present
  • Indiana State Bar Association, Member, Past Chairman Land Use and Zoning Section, 1975 - Present
  • Indiana Land Title Association, Past Member Legislative Committee
  • Indiana Bar Foundation, Fellow

Pro Bono Activities

  • Past President, Member, Board of Directors, Legal Services of Maumee Valley, Inc., 1978 - 2008
  • Past President, Member, Board of directors, Legal Services of Maumee Valley, Inc.,
  • Past Vice President, Member, Board of Directors, Blue Jacket, Inc.,
  • Past Member, Board of Directors, Mental Health Association in Allen County