Attorney Profiles

When you're in need of legal services, you want someone to rely upon who will provide the best in legal representation. Our attorneys have more than 100 years of combined experience serving Fulton County and the surrounding areas and are eager to offer their counsel and services to assist you. The staff members on our team are well trained, courteous and knowledgeable. Many have been with us for more than 20 years, creating a stable team trusted and respected by our clients. We are committed to providing dependable, knowledgeable, and professional service.

To learn more about our attorneys feel free to view their profiles below.

Jan H. Stamm

Bar Admissions:
  • Ohio, 1979
  • Michigan, 1979
Education:
  • Goshen College (B.A., 1974)
  • Case Western Reserve University Law School (J.D., 1978)
Memberships:
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Michigan Bar Association
  • Fulton County Bar Association
  • Commercial Law League of America
  • Ohio Trial Lawyers Association

Jan Stamm has been a partner with the law firm of Barber, Kaper, Stamm & McWatters since 1981 and has over 30 years of experience with estate planning, commercial and residential real estate, creditor's rights, personal injury/wrongful death claims, probate, business litigation and corporate law.

Mr. Stamm received a B.A. from Goshen College in 1974 and went on to receive his law degree from Case Western Reserve University Law School in 1978. He was admitted to the Ohio Bar in 1979 and to the Michigan Bar and U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio in 1979. He was the City of Wauseon Law Director from 1986-1988, Assistant City of Wauseon Law Director since 1989, Solicitor for the Village of Lyons from 1990-1995, and Assistant Village Solicitor for the Village of McClure from 2002 to the present. Mr. Stamm is also a member of the Fulton County Bar Association (President 2002), Ohio State Bar Association, Michigan Bar Association, Commercial Law League of America, and Ohio Trial Lawyers Association.

Mr. Stamm was a member of the Moot Court Board, Case Western Reserve University Law School, 1977-1978, has been a facility presenter with Lorman Education Services for a seminar entitled “Judgment Enforcement in Ohio” in 2003 and 2004, was a member of the non-profit Board of Trustees of Quadco Rehabilitation Center, Inc. from 1985-1992 (a sheltered work shop), and has been counsel for many charitable organizations including Pettisville School Foundation, area churches, and various community outreach organizations.

His experience has also included success at the appellate level, including Toledo Edison Co. v. Allen (1983), 13 Ohio.App.3d 108 (municipal court authority to order debtor’s examinations and compel appearance by warrant). Mr. Stamm also received a favorable outcome in representing the City of Wauseon v. Badenhop, 9 Ohio St.3d 152.

Mr. Stamm is licensed to practice in all courts in the State of Ohio, the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Thomas A. McWatters III

Bar Admissions:
  • Ohio, 1986
  • California, 2000
Education:
  • Taylor University (B.S., 1982)
  • The University Toledo College of Law (J.D., 1986)
  • Biola University (M.A., 1998)
  • Duke University (Ph.D, 2010)
Memberships:
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • California Bar Association
  • Fulton County Bar Association

Thomas A. McWatters III has been a resident of Fulton County for over 30 years. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics from Taylor University in 1982, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Toledo, College of Law in 1986, where he was a member of the Law Review, National Moot Court Team, and was elected to the Order of the Coif. He was named the Outstanding Oral Advocate in the Twelfth Annual Fornhoff Competition. Mr. McWatters also holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Duke University and a M.A. in philosophy of religion in ethics from Biola University.

Prior to beginning his private practice, Mr. McWatters served as a federal law clerk to the Honorable James Harvey, Senior District Court Judge, United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan (1986-1988), and the Honorable Charles E. Wiggins, United States Circuit Court Judge, United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit (1988-1989).

Following his judicial clerkships, Mr. McWatters began his legal practice in the Los Angeles office of Sidley Austin LLP, specializing in complex business litigation. After his return to Northwest Ohio, Mr. McWatters joined Barber, Kaper, Stamm & McWatters in 2007, becoming a partner in 2010.

Mr. McWatters represents a broad variety of individual and institutional clients. His legal practice focuses on civil litigation, including commercial and business litigation, creditor’s rights, landlord-tenant law, real estate disputes, and personal injury claims.

Mr. McWatters has served as the Law Director for the City of Wauseon since 2011. He served as Wauseon’s Assistant City Law Director from 2006-2010. Mr. McWatters was appointed Special Counsel for the Ohio Attorney General on February 18, 2015.

Mr. McWatters is active in the Fulton County and Wauseon communities. He was a member of the board of directors of the CPC Women’s Health Resource for six years, four years of which he served as Board Chair. He is a co-director of the annual Wauseon Tomahawk Trot 5k, a member of the Fulton County Republican Central Committee, and is a member of the Wauseon Rotary Club. Mr. McWatters is licensed in both state and federal courts in the states of Ohio and California. He is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, the Fulton County Bar Association, and the California State Bar.

Kevin J. Whitlock

Bar Admissions:
  • Ohio, 2008
Education:
  • Northwest State Community College (A.A.S., 1997)
  • Defiance College (B.A., 2002)
  • The University Toledo College of Law (J.D., 2007)
Memberships:
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Fulton County Bar Association

Attorney Kevin J. Whitlock is the newest addition to the law firm of Barber, Kaper, Stamm & McWatters. Kevin is a lifetime resident of Northwest Ohio. Kevin obtained his legal degree at the University of Toledo, College of Law, graduating in 2007. Kevin attended Defiance College, graduating magna cum laude in 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Management. Kevin also holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Northwest State Community College.

Kevin devotes the majority of his practice to real property law and creditor’s rights. Kevin also practices in the areas of personal injury, litigation, adoptions, and domestic relations.

In addition to his legal background, Kevin brings a wealth of life experiences to Barber, Kaper, Stamm & McWatters. Prior to practicing law, Kevin was employed as an engineer for 17 years at Sauder Wood Working. He has also been active in community affairs including as a member of West Unity Village Council an appointee to the Williams County Board of Elections, a member of West Unity Village Council, an appointee to the Williams County Regional Planning Commission.

Kevin’s work ethic, experience and dedication to his clients have made him an invaluable asset to Barber, Kaper, Stamm & McWatters. Mr. Whitlock is licensed to practice in all courts of the State of Ohio and is a member of the American Bar Association, the Ohio Bar Association and the Fulton County Bar Association. Mr. Whitlock also currently serves a member of the Fulton County Advisory Board for the State Bank And Trust.

Stephen M. Maloney

Bar Admissions:
  • Ohio, 2014
Education:
  • Miami University (B.A., 2010)
  • The University of Toledo College of Law (J.D., 2014)
Memberships:
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Fulton County Bar Association
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association

Stephen M. Maloney joined Barber, Kaper, Stamm & McWatters in 2016. Stephen’s practice consists primarily of litigation, business formation and corporate law, commercial and residential real estate, estate planning and probate, creditor’s rights, personal injury, and immigration law.

Kevin devotes the majority of his practice to real property law and creditor’s rights. Kevin also practices in the areas of personal injury, litigation, adoptions, and domestic relations.

Stephen earned a B.A. from Miami University in 2010 in Zoology and Economics. He earned his J.D., magna cum laude, from The University of Toledo College of Law in 2014. During law school, Stephen served as an editor of The Toledo Law Review and clerked for several law firms and organizations in the areas of health care, taxation, and insurance defense. In addition, Stephen externed for the Honorable Magistrate Judge James R. Knepp, II of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.

Stephen comes from a long line of business owners and began his first business in 2010. He is passionate about entrepreneurship and efficiency consulting with an emphasis on involving implementation of new technology.

Stephen is a lifelong resident of Ohio—raised in Springboro and residing in Columbus prior to joining BKSM where he practiced consumer litigation and bankruptcy law.

Stephen now lives in Wauseon, Ohio and is actively involved in his community. He currently serves as a Board Member on the Wauseon Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Wauseon Rotary Club.

Stephen is licensed to practice in all state courts in Ohio, the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, and before the Federal Immigration Court. He is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, the Fulton County Bar Association, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association.