General Counsel

Larry H. James, Esq.

General Counsel, National Fraternal Order of Police
Partner, Crabbe, Brown & James, LLP
(614) 229-4567

Larry James has been at the heart of the 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 the OSU Student Athletes in the NCAA investigations. In 2012, Mr. James and his wife, Donna, were awarded the American Red Cross of Greater Columbus' Humanitarians of the Year Award.

Larry is a current member of the Columbus Ohio and American Bar Associations and past member of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio Advisory Committee on Local Rules, Ohio State Bar Association Council of Delegates and Columbus Bar Association Chairperson Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee.


1981–present – Crabbe, Brown & James, LLP – Partner
Practice Areas: Administrative Appeals, Civil Rights, Labor/Employment, Public Contracts, Business & Professional Ethics Practice and consultation and Corporate and Business Litigation

1992–2000 – State of Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles – Hearing Examiner

1993–1998 – The Columbus Post – Columnist

1990–1992 – City of Columbus, Ohio Dept. 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


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


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


United States Court of Appeals 1st, 4th, 6th, 7th, 9th 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


2015 Life Member Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference
2014–Present – Board Member Guardianship Services
   Trustee of the Kenyon College Board
   Executive Board Member – 2015
   Chair of Admissions Committee – 2015
2009–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


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