John P. Kennedy


John P. Kennedy was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He attended the University of Bridgeport in Bridgeport, Connecticut where he received his B.S. in finance in 1975, cum laude. Following graduation, Mr. Kennedy attended the Pettit College of Law at Ohio Northern University, where he received his juris doctor in 1978.

Mr. Kennedy joined Crabbe, Brown & James in 1981 as an associate attorney with a specialization in civil litigation. He became a partner in 1986. In 1988, Mr. Kennedy was appointed and subsequently elected three times to the Columbus City Council. As a city council member, he served as chair to the zoning and finance committees, as well as chair of various other committees. In 1994, Mr. Kennedy was elected president of the Columbus City Council by his colleagues. During his tenure as president, the City of Columbus experienced tremendous growth, geographically and financially. The City of Columbus became the largest and most populated city in the state of Ohio and achieved an AAA Financial Rating for its bonding capacity.

In 1999, Mr. Kennedy had the distinct honor of being elected one of eight judges to serve the 10th District Court of Appeals for the State of Ohio, a position he held until he decided to leave the bench and return to private practice as a partner with Crabbe, Brown & James. In July 2004, the governor appointed Mr. Kennedy to the Ohio Real Estate Commission and in 2007, he was elected president of the commission. In 2007, the governor appointed Mr. Kennedy to serve on the Ohio Chiropractic Board. Mr. Kennedy also had the pleasure of serving as Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman’s re-election chairman.

He concentrates his practice in governmental affairs, zoning, real estate development, and litigation, representing clients on matters pertaining to municipal, county, state government issues, and other general business matters.

Mr. Kennedy serves on the Board of Ohio Children’s Hunger Alliance, the Board of Trustees for Columbus School for Girls, and is a biweekly volunteer for Meals on Wheels.