John C. Albert was born in Columbus, Ohio, where he attended St. Charles high school before attending Otterbein College and The Ohio State University, graduating with a finance degree in 1977. After graduation, John received his law degree from Capital University in 1981. John joined Crabbe, Brown & James in 1987, becoming a partner in 1990.
Throughout his 40+ years of practice, John has grown Crabbe, Brown & James’ insurance defense practice as well as workers compensation and school law. With his wide range of experience and expertise in a multitude of areas of litigation, John has served as first chair in over 40 successful jury trials in both state and federal courts, as well as hundreds of non-jury trials and administrative hearings.
Some of John’s significant professional experiences include serving as counsel to and hearing officer for the Ohio Racing Commission, counsel to the Ohio Engineers Board, Ohio Optometry Board, Ohio Audiologists Board, Ohio Department of Corrections, Ohio Real Estate Commission, Ohio Department of Industrial Relations, Ohio Industrial Commission, Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, numerous Ohio school district boards of education, and Ohio corporations and partnerships.
Crabbe, Brown & James – Partner
Crabbe, Brown & James – Associate
Ohio Attorney General – Special Counsel
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Attorney General Celebrezze – Assistant Attorney General
Ohio State Medical Board – Legislative Agent
Ohio State Medical Board – Staff Counsel
Associations & Memberships
American Law Firm Association International (ALFAI)
- Workers Compensation Practice Areas
Columbus Bar Association
Ohio State Bar Association
Ohio Counsel of School Board Attorneys
Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC)
- Six-year faculty member of the FDCC Litigation Management College, conducted annually at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia
- Member – FDCC Trial Tactics, Practice and Procedures Section
- Member – FDCC Civil Rights and Public Entity Liability Section
- Member – Trial Master’s Program
State of Ohio – Real Estate Sales License
Awards & Honors
Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Award
Columbus CEO Top Lawyers List
United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
United States Supreme Court
United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
Notable Publications, Significant Cases & Seminars
Lead counsel in securing a defense verdict and counterclaim award involving easements and water usage rights in Licking County Court of Common Pleas. Also, successfully argued in front of the Fifth District Court of Appeal to affirm the trial court’s decision and reject Plaintiff’s appeal. (James Helfrich v. Foor Family Investments, LLC, Case No. 18 Cv 245, 5th Dist. Case No. 21 CA 0070).
Successfully argued before the Supreme Court of Ohio that the Commission did not err in vacating the allowance of a medical condition that was not casually related to Plaintiff’s workplace injury. The Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the Commission did not abuse its discretion by invoking its continuing jurisdiction in a workers’ compensation matter. (The State ex rel, Neitzelt v. Indus. Comm., 160 Ohio St.3d 175 2020-Ohio-1453).
Presentation and Speaking Engagements
Presenter at the annual FDCC Litigation Management College at Emory University.
Capital University Law, Juris Doctor, 1981
The Ohio State University, B.S. Finance, 1977