Litigation

The firm's reputation for excellence in trial practice has served as the foundation of our business. Our litigation practice encompasses all areas of law, including commercial, insurance, environmental, products liability, all areas of insurance defense, including claim investigation, coverage opinions, declatory judgement and bad faith actions, school law, civil rights, professional negligence, employment, personal injury, intellectual property, computer, telecommunications, aviation, construction, securities, copyright and trademark, transportation, probate, administrative actions and bankruptcy. More than one third of our lawyers work in trial and appellate litigation. We represent clients in major litigation in each of our practice areas. Our expertise is matched by an impressive track record.

Charles E. Brown, Partner Emeritus (1927-2004) was integral to the development of Crabbe, Brown & James, and left a legacy of 48 years of litigation that continues to be a hallmark of the firm. Mr. Brown built a well-deserved reputation as one of the top litigators in the United States. He was counsel on nationally significant litigation, including the Beverly Hills Supper Club fire in Cincinnati which involved 164 deaths and approximately 900 injury claims, and was appointed by the State of Ohio as special counsel representing the Governor and the National Guard in the Kent State case where the Governor of Ohio was charged with negligently ordering the National Guard to Kent State University resulting in the death of four students. Mr. Brown also prosecuted the only impeachment trial in Ohio's history. Mr. Brown also served on the Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline and the Columbus Bar Association's Board of Governors, as well as The Board of Governors and Vice President of the Federation of Insurance and Corporate Counsel. His dedication to the profession, respect for the law and untiring service to clients and community remain as the benchmark of the firm’s committment to the practice of law.

Our firm is well known to judges and trial lawyers throughout the state. We have earned our sterling reputation by appearing in courts in every county in Ohio for over eighty years, representing businesses and individuals in litigation, mediation, arbitration and dispute resolution, and appeals. Our long standing tradition of providing top quality trial representation has established credibility with judges and lawyers alike, thereby permitting us to efficiently reach a successful conclusion for our clients.

At Crabbe, Brown & James we realize that when we are engaged as trial attorneys, we are dealing with problems that are absolutely critical to our clients. We act accordingly, devoting whatever resources are necessary to each individual case. We are responsive to our client's requests and needs, and work closely with each client, explaining all legal options before agreeing on an effective course of action to achieve our client's goals, whether it be mediation, settlement or trial.

Our firm is dedicated to providing trial services effectively, efficiently and economically. We are large enough to handle the most complicated litigation matters, yet not so large that we lose touch with each clients' individual needs. Our attorneys, paralegals and staff work as a team within clearly defined areas of responsibility, with one goal - providing the highest quality service efficiently and effectively.

Our litigation clients include individual and corporate clients. In addition, many national and international corporations rely upon Crabbe, Brown & James to handle their litigation needs.

Our attorneys have written articles including: A Defense Lawyer's Guide Through the Maze Called Section 1983, A Study of the Legal Duty To Prevent Suicides in Prisons and Jails and Steps That Can Be Taken to Fulfill That Duty and The Preparation For, Taking and Use of Depositions.

Practice Areas: Products Liability, Environmental, E&O/Professional Liability, Employment, Personal Injury, Workers' Compensation, Aviation, Commercial Law, Telecommunications, Computer, Real Estate, Automotive, Construction, Intellectual Property, Securities, Transportation, Bankruptcy, School Law, Civil Rights, Insurance Defense, Probate, and Healthcare.

Trial Work
Our lawyers handle cases at all levels in federal and state courts as well as before administrative agencies. We handle our professional liability for real estate brokers and agents, title companies, accountants, lawyers and other professionals. Many of our lawyers have extensive experience in handling arbitrations and other types of alternative dispute resolution.

Appellate Work
Our appellate practice is extensive and impressive. Our lawyers are skilled not only in oral argument, but also in drafting appellate briefs and motions, including Amicus briefs.

Our cases run the gamut from smaller matters handled and tried by first-year associates, to multi-million dollar litigation by a team of attorneys and support personnel.

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