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 and a member of the Board of Trustees of Kenyon College.

 

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 Department of Public Safety – Safety Director
1989-1992
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

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Awards & Honors

2019
Best Lawyers in America “Lawyer of the Year Administrative & Regulatory Law”
2018
Cleveland-Marshall Law Hall of Fame
2018
Columbus Library Foundation Julian Sinclair Smith Celebration of Learning Award

2018
Ohio Civil Rights Commissioners’ Community Spirit Award
2018
Columbus Museum of Art 2018 Art Celebration Award
2018
Greater Columbus Arts Council Michael B. Coleman Arts Partner Award
2018
Lincoln Theatre Association Walk of Fame
2012
American Red Cross Columbus Humanitarian of the Year
2005
Elyria High School Hall of Fame
2005
United Way Leadership Award
2000
Ohio Lawyers Weekly Lawyer of the Year

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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

2018
Chair of Harlem Renaissance Celebration
2014-Present
Board Member of Franklin County Guardianship Services
2011-Present
Trustee of the Kenyon College Board
2009 to 2018
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
2003-2010
Founder & Chair of the African American Leadership Academy
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
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
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
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