March 2013 CBA REPORT
This section honors the lives of deceased members of the local bar. For more information about this service,
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James V. Magee Jr.
1946 – 2013
Cincinnati real estate lawyer James V. Magee, Jr. died on January 25, 2013 after a
valiant battle with cancer. He was 66 years old. Born to a hard-working Irish family in
Philadelphia, PA on September 12, 1946, Jim was justly proud of his father, James V.
Magee, Sr., a Pulitzer prize-winning journalist for the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin
and his mother, Helna V. Magee, a long-time personnel staffing specialist for the Inter-
nal Revenue Service, both of whom preceded him in death.
Although Jim was known as a man who enjoyed his leisure, few knew that he was a
scholar, pursuing his on-going education well into his later years. Jim attended Oxford
University and held a B.A. from DeSales University, which he would later serve unself-
ishly as a member of the Board of Trustees. He earned his J.D. from Northern Kentucky
University’s Salmon P. Chase College of Law, an M.A. from Eastern Kentucky Univer-
sity and, most recently, an M.A. from the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland. He
was an adjunct professor at NKU and a lecturer at Thomas More and Lindsay Wilson
Among his professional achievements were his service as General Counsel to
Cambridge Savings and Loan and the Farm Credit Banks of America. Jim wrote many
articles on real estate law and was a frequent lecturer on title examination issues. As a
registered land examiner, he was the lawyer that other lawyers would consult when they
needed answers to their questions.
Known in the best pubs as Seamus Magee, Jim was an Irishman, through and
through, devoting much of his time to Irish causes. He held numerous local, state, and
national offices in Irish organizations, serving most recently as National Legal Counsel
to the Ancient Order of Hibernians. This office — and his expertise — allowed him an
opportunity to testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Jim led an an-
nual tour to Ireland, where he acquired, among other mementos, a kilt. Office disputes
were immediately resolved in his favor whenever he would threaten to wear it.
Jim is survived by his wife, attorney Linda Magee, two children, Michael Magee and
Christina Toledo, and six grandchildren.
I have had the privilege of working for the last dozen years with a good friend and
colleague, whose prodigious wit and wise counsel were on display every day. Known for
his positive energy and gregarious manner, Jim Magee will be greatly missed.
— Richard F. Lesser