Michael E. Hamper, III

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Michael Hamper is a member of Gallagher Sharp’s Professional Liability and Business & Employment Practice Groups. Mike is a former Magistrate for the Ashtabula County Probate Court where he oversaw a docket of over 15,000 annual probate filings for estates, guardianships, minor and wrongful death settlements, adoptions, and other filings. He coordinated and presented continuing education programs on probate law in conjunction with the Ashtabula County Bar Association. Prior to joining the bench, Mike was in private practice while also serving as Solicitor for the Village of Jefferson, Ohio.  His experience includes probate, estate planning, real estate transactions, contracts, business formation, acquisition and sale, municipal liability, zoning and land use, and oil and gas leases.

Bar Admissions

  • 2014, Ohio
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio


  • Ohio State Bar Association (Delegate, Council of Delegates, 2019-present)
  • Ashtabula County Bar Association (Trustee, 2019-present)


  • Ohio Northern University, Pettit College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2014)
  • Intern, Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission (Spring 2014)
  • Ohio Northern University (B.A., High Distinction, 2011)
  • Recipient, DeBow Freed Award for Outstanding Leadership, 2010


  • Magistrate, Ashtabula County Probate Court (2021-2023)
  • Solicitor, Village of Jefferson, Ohio (2016-2021)

Community Organizations

  • Ashtabula County Leadership, Inc. (Trustee, 2017-present)
  • Ashtabula County Arts Center (2019-present)
  • Henderson Memorial Public Library Foundation (2019-present)
  • Ashtabula County Board of Developmental Disabilities (2020-2021)