Nichole Y. Shafer
Junior Partner, and Managing Attorney
My maiden name is Nichole Y. Johnson, I was born in Ohio and raised in Mansfield-Ontario in Richland County.
I was born in 1994 to hard-working parents and attended Ontario High School. In high school I participated in track and soccer, and was involved in National Honor Society and key club.
In college, I went to Heidelberg University where I graduated with honors in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology. At Heidelberg I was a member of the track team, soccer team and served on student senate. I also worked with the director of the PACE program mentoring juveniles and working with the Seneca County Judge.
For law school I initially studied law at Southern Illinois University School of Law, before returning to Ohio. In Ohio I went on to finish my legal studies at Ohio Northern Pettit College of Law where I obtained my Juris Doctor. At Ohio Northern I severed as staff editor and associate editor on Law Review; as executive board treasurer of Phi Alpha Delta legal fraternity; was a legal extern for The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA); was a legal clerk for the Mercer County Common Pleas Court; was an extern in the Allen County Municipal Court Prosecutor’s Office; and was involved in the Icelandic Legal Exchange Program. I started working for Schroeder Law LLC as a law clerk in January of 2017.
I married my husband Jordan C. Shafer in the summer of 2023 and moved to Columbus Grove in the fall of 2023.
My parents are Mark and Kathy Johnson of Mansfield-Ontario. I am the granddaughter of Martha Vermillion of Mansfield, Ohio and Levon Johnson of Shelby, Ohio. I have one (1) older sister, Kassandra Johnson of Mansfield, Ohio. I have one (1) younger brother, Kyle Johnson of Mansfield, Ohio.
Lee R. Schroeder
Senior Partner, Attorney, and Title Agent
I was born in Northwest Ohio and raised on a farm near the village of Leipsic, Ohio in Putnam County.
I was raised to work hard on our family farm. Born in 1975, I witnessed the unfortunate 1980s farm crisis first-hand. I was very active in 4-H, Farm Bureau Youth, and FFA as a youngster.
I was fortunate to be a member of the National Honor Society, Putnam County 4-H Leadership Club, Putnam County Junior Fair Board, and Spanish Club. My faith continues to be central in my life.
In 1992, I was the District 4 Vice President of the Ohio FFA (formerly Future Farmers of America). The following year I served as the State FFA President. Shortly thereafter, I served on the Ohio State Fair’s Junior Fair Board. In the fall of 1994, I was elected National Vice President of the FFA.
In college, I worked for the company that publishes every state farm magazine in the country, and I interned for the U.S.D.A. Secretary of Agriculture in the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
I graduated from Ohio State with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science in 1999. I initially studied law in our nation’s capital (at George Washington University) before returning to Ohio to graduate from The Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law in 2002.
I worked for a state-wide agricultural law firm upon graduation from law school. I also worked for a business and real estate development firm before I led economic development in two northwest Ohio counties. I have vast experience in real estate title litigation as well as business, agriculture, estate planning, and estate administration legal work.
My parents are Dan and Nancy Schroeder of Leipsic. I am the grandson of Valen and Rose Schroeder of Leipsic and Albert and Mary Ann Erhart of Ottawa.
I have one brother, five sisters, five brothers-in-law, and one sister-in-law:
Andy and Pam Schroeder of Leipsic, Ohio
Bob and Susie Kamphaus of Leipsic, Ohio
Scott and Sharon Siebeneck of Continental, Ohio
Steve and Cindy Maravich of Upper Arlington, Ohio
Doug and Sarah Pester of Leipsic, Ohio
Scott and Jenni Hoffman of Perrysburg, Ohio
I also have sixteen nieces and nephews:
Lily Ellerbrock, Morgan Kamphaus, Hallie Kamphaus, Ryan Kamphaus, Daniel Siebeneck, Aaron Siebeneck, David Siebeneck, Samantha Siebeneck, Joe Pester, Emma Pester, Helen Pester, Hannah Schroeder, Kylie Schroeder, Eli Maravich, Newell Maravich, and Sophia Hoffman.