Insurance Defense

Crabbe, Brown & James concentrates on civil defense and insurance litigation. Our firm's goal is to efficiently deliver the highest quality service, efficiently and economically, while solving our clients' problems and building long term relationships.

The largest aspect of our practice involves civil litigation, primarily tort, commercial and business in both state and federal courts. Our litigation practice encompasses all areas of insurance defense including aviation, products liability, professional malpractice, general liability, first and third party claims, bad faith litigation, business and real estate litigation, administrative proceedings and transactions, medical malpractice, insurance coverage, personal injury, construction defects, crane liability, casualty, environmental litigation (under CERCLA and RCRA), public entity defense, transportation litigation, general and premises liability, landslide and subsidence liability, wrongful termination/sexual harassment/discrimination, rental car claims, police and governmental liability, worker's compensation and fire and arson claims.

In addition, our firm is experienced in issuing detailed coverage opinions, and defending our clients in declaratory judgment and bad faith actions. In addition, we provide advice relating to insurance contracts and interpretation and application of same. Our litigation practice includes appellate work at all levels in both state and federal courts.

While our firm continues to devote itself to the defendant's side of the docket, it has grown into a general civil defense practice. Our clients include individuals, corporations, insurance companies and governmental entities. Crabbe, Brown & James is also experienced in successfully defending municipalities and law enforcement agencies.

Crabbe, Brown & James is sensitive to the industry's concerns and therefore focuses on achieving successful results as efficiently and economically as possible. During the last eighty years, our firm has developed into one of the premier insurance defense firms in Central Ohio.

Product/Crane Liability
Crabbe, Brown & James has been retained either directly by self-insured clients and/or through their insurance carriers and has successfully represented a wide variety of manufacturers and owner/operators in product and crane liability matters. Such cases have included vehicles and components, heavy machinery and equipment, power tools, boilers, presses, air conditioners, home improvement products and various stationary and mobile cranes.

Environmental Litigation
We have provided coverage opinion letters and defended business and landowners at both state and federal levels.

Insurance-Related Litigation
We maintain a comprehensive practice for insurance carriers. This includes sophisticated coverage disputes, re-insurance disputes, and insurance contract interpretation, as well as declaratory judgment actions and bad faith claims.

Construction Defect Litigation
We have successfully represented developers, general contractors, and subcontractors in construction defect cases including those involving commercial and residential construction, as well as condominium projects.

Public Entity Defense
We represent public entities including counties, districts, municipalities, and school districts. Cases include personal injury, highway design, property damage, civil rights, wrongful termination, racial discrimination, sexual harassment, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and First Amendment issues.

Police Civil Liability
We defend police departments and their officers in all forms of civil litigation including the alleged use of excessive force and/or civil rights violations.

Professional Liability
Our firm represents such professionals as real estate brokers and agents, insurance brokers and agents, title companies, architects, accountants, lawyers and doctors in various professional liability matters.

Transportation Litigation
We have extensive experience in transportation trucking law. Our practice encompasses vehicle design, component product, operation and maintenance-related commercial vehicle accidents, and cargo damage.

General & Premises Liability
Crabbe, Brown & James has vast experience in the defense of such general liability matters as motor vehicle collisions, food poisoning, assault and battery, premises liability, and general negligence.

Landslide & Subsidence Liability
Our lawyers have knowledge and experience in the fields of geophysical engineering, hydrology, mining and civil engineering. We have provided coverage opinions with respect to landslide and subsidence liability.

Wrongful Termination/Sexual Harassment/Discrimination
We defend private companies and public agencies including school districts against such claims in both federal and state courts.

Rental Car Litigation
Crabbe, Brown & James provides defense of first party and third party personal injury claims in both local and multi-jurisdictional contexts.

Workers' Compensation
Our attorneys provide the defense of claims before all administrative agencies and courts in eighty-eight counties in Ohio.

Crabbe, Brown & James handles all aspect of first party and third party coverage matters, bad faith claims and insurance regulatory issues. Throughout its eighty year history, Crabbe, Brown & James has distinguished itself from other firms by its commitment to communication and partnership with its clients. Our firm has a proven track record of providing high quality legal representation in a cost effective manner. We provide complete service to the insurance industry for litigation, including but not limited to insurance defense, claims, insurance fraud, investigation and coverage issues, with an emphasis on quality work and results, as well as fee and cost control. Our attorneys are experienced litigators and negotiators and are admitted to all Ohio courts, state and federal, covering claims and trials in eighty-eight counties. The majority of the members of our firm are predominantly engaged in the defense of civil litigation.

Names of representative clients and references are available upon request to the firm.