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James F. Bohrer, partner

James F. Bohrer


Practice Areas:

  • Business Formation and Transactions
  • Construction Law and Litigation
  • Employment Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Probate and Estate Administration
  • Real Estate and Real Estate Development Law


James F. Bohrer, Partner at Clendening Johnson & Bohrer, P.C., has practiced law in Indiana for 40+ years and concentrates on estate planning and probate, real estate transactions and real estate development, zoning, business law, and tax protests and appeals. Mr. Bohrer is admitted to Indiana State Courts and he is Board Certified as a Trust and Estate Lawyer by the Trust and Estate Certification Board of the Indiana State Bar Association.

Mr. Bohrer is past president of the Hoosier Hills Estate Planning Counsel. He is serves as a faculty member for various educational seminars in real estate development, business succession planning, and estate and probate matters. Mr. Bohrer is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. He is also an associate member of the Indiana Certified Public Accountants Society. Mr. Bohrer also served on the Board of Directors of the Indiana Trust and Estate Specialty Board of the Indiana State Bar Association and served on the Board of Directors of the Indiana Bar Foundation.

Mr. Bohrer is an Indiana native and has lived in Bloomington for over 45 years. He is a magna cum laude graduate of the Indiana University Mauer School of Law. And a graduate of the IU Kelley School of Business.


  • Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington, Indiana
    • J.D. - 1982
    • Honors: magna cum laude
  • Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
    • B.S. - 1979
    • Major: Accounting

Bar Admission

  • Indiana
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana


  • President's Award, 1998, Monroe County Building Association
  • Indiana Super Lawyers©, 2012-2023
  • Best Lawyers in America©, 2022 - 2023

Classes & Seminars

  • Faculty Member, Numerous Seminars on Estate Planning and Probate Matters, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum
  • Selected Estate Planning Topics, Institute of Management Accountants
  • Family Business Succession Planning, Indiana Society of Public Accountants, South Central Chapter
  • Business Succession Planning and Family Business Planning, Hoosier Hills Estate Planning Council
  • Advantages of Deferred Gifts, Board of Directors, Amethyst House, Inc.
  • No-Lien Construction Contracts, Builder's Primer for Choice of Entity, Statutory Warranties on New Home Construction, Monroe County Building Association
  • Business Transactions 101, National Business Institute

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Indiana Bar Foundation, Master Fellow Member, Board of Directors, 2012 – 2016
  • Mentor, Indiana University Kelley School of Business Career Planning Students, 2003 to Present
  • Amethyst House, Inc. Board of Directors, 2002-2011 – Recipient Rev. Hugh Laughlin Award for Devoted Service 2013
  • Executive Committee Member and Chair of Finance Committee, 2002-2008

Representative Clients

  • Johnson Ventures, LLC
  • Monroe County Building Association, Inc.
  • T. A. Fuller Homes, Inc.
  • Mackie Properties, LLC
  • Hirons, Inc.
  • Renaissance Rentals, LLC
  • Grant Properties LLC
  • Powell Management Group, LLC
  • Uplands Science and Technology Foundation INC

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association, Real Property Probate & Trust Section, Practice Management Section
  • Indiana State Bar Association, Probate, Trust & Real Property, and Elder Law Sections
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Member
  • Indiana Certified Public Accountants Society, Associate Member
  • Hoosier Hills Estate Planning Council, President, 2010-2011; Member, Board of Directors, 2007-2011
  • Monroe County, Indiana, Lake Watershed Task Force, Member, appointed by the Monroe County Commissioners, 1996
  • Monroe County Building Association, Associate Member
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County, Profession Advisor Council, Member, 2018 to Present

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Board Certified Indiana Trust & Estate Lawyer by the Trust & Estate Specialty Board, Business Card

Current Employment Position

  • Partner