Larry H. James

Managing Partner
Office: 614-229-4567
Cell: 614-581-1125
ljames@cbjlawyers.com

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Biography

Larry James has been at the heart of the Columbus business, legal, civic, and political scene for the last thirty years. He is a respected litigator, as well as an advisor to local and national leaders. In recognition of his many achievements, the law firm changed its name from Crabbe, Brown, Jones, Potts & Schmidt to Crabbe, Brown & James in January 2001.

In 2011, The Ohio State University selected Mr. James as lead counsel to represent its student athletes in NCAA investigations.  In 2013, Armen Keteyian published his book The System: The Glory and Scandal of Big-Time College Football, a chapter of which is dedicated to Larry’s work in representing the OSU football players.

In 2012, Mr. James and his wife, Donna, were awarded the American Red Cross of Greater Columbus’ Humanitarians of the Year Award. In 2015, noted journalist Wil Haygood published his award-winning book Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination That Changed America, which he dedicated to Mr. James.

Mr. James is a life member of the Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference, and he has served as General Counsel of the National Fraternal Order of Police since 2001. He is also co-founder of the African-American Leadership Academy, a member of the Board of Trustees of Kenyon College, the founding and current president of the Lincoln Theatre, and has served sixteen years as the president of the King Arts Complex.

Professional Experience

1981-Present
Crabbe, Brown & James – Partner
1992-2000
State of Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles – Hearing Examiner
1993-1998
The Columbus Post – Columnist

1990-1992
City of Columbus, Ohio Deptartment of Public Safety – Safety Director
1978-1981
City of Columbus, Ohio – Assistant City Attorney
1977-1978
City of Cleveland, Ohio – Assistant Law Director & Commissioner of Air Pollution Control
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Professional Accomplishments

2001-Present
General Counsel to the National Fraternal Order of Police
1992-Present
General Counsel to the Ohio FAIR Plan
2010-2015
General Counsel to USA Track & Field Board of Directors
Co-Chair of Columbus Public Schools Oversight/Accountability Board
–Headed two successful Columbus Public School levies (operational and bond initiatives)
Martindale-Hubbell “AV” Rating

Awards & Honors

2012
American Red Cross Columbus Humanitarian of the Year
2005
Elyria High School Hall of Fame
2005
United Way Leadership Award

2001
Columbus Housing Partnership Bringing People Home Award
2001
Defense Federal Community The Carter G. Woodson Award
2000
Ohio Lawyers Weekly Lawyer of the Year
1996
Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Performing and Cultural Arts
Builder of the Dream Award

1996
National Urban Bankers Circle of Excellence
1994
Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Performing and Cultural Arts
Distinguished Service Award

1991
The Ohio State University President’s Citation for Leadership
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Bar Admissions

United States Court of Appeals First, Fourth, Sixth, Seventh, and Ninth Circuits
United States Supreme Court
United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

Boards & Commissions

2014-Present
Board Member of Franklin County Guardianship Services
2011-Present
Trustee of the Kenyon College Board
–Executive Board Member 2015-Present
–Chair of Admissions Committee 2015-2016
–Member of Trustees Affairs Committee 2016-present
2009 to Present
President of the Lincoln Theatre Association Board

2012-2015
Board Member Cleveland Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
2010
Columbus City Council Charter Review Committee – Chair
2009
Ohio State Highway Patrol Superintendent Advisory Panel – Chair
2002-2005
Board of Trustees Greater Columbus Arts Council
1987-2005
President Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Performing & Cultural Arts
2002-2004
Co-Chair Neighborhood School Development Partnership Columbus Public Schools
2003
Cofounder of the African American Leadership Academy
1992-2002
Board of Trustees Columbus Museum of Art
1992-1997
Board Member Rickenbacker Port Authority
1992-1996
Board of Trustees Greater Columbus Convention & Visitors Bureau
1994-1996
Ohio Public Defenders Commission Appointed by the Ohio Supreme Court
1992-1995
Board of Trustees Columbus Zoo
1990-1992
Board of Directors Contemporary American Theater Company (CATCO)
1989-1992
Member Ohio Supreme Court’s Board of Bar Examiners
1987-1989
Board of Trustees Columbus Urban League
1987-1989
Board of Directors Mount Carmel Hospital Health Foundation
1985-1989
Board of Trustees Veteran’s Memorial
1984-1989
Chairman Ohio Elections Commission
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Education

Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Juris Doctor, 1977
Wittenberg University, B.A. Political Science, 1974