Michael R. Henry




Mike Henry joined Crabbe, Brown & James in 1985 and was named a partner in 1995. Mike has played a crucial role in building Crabbe, Brown & James’ successful insurance defense litigation practice area. From Chillicothe, Ohio, Mike’s practice has taken him throughout the state, appearing in court in 76 of the 88 counties in Ohio.

Mike’s legal expertise focuses on protecting the overall interests of the insured and the insurance company. Mike handles a wide range of claims including automobile claims, premises liability, uninsured and underinsured motorist claims, property and homeowner claims, and bad faith claims. Mike also has extensive experience in navigating complex insurance coverage issues and policy interpretation.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Henry has conducted over 75 jury trials in both state and federal courts. His litigation experience includes appearing before the Ohio Supreme Court and the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Mike has also presented on a variety of litigation and insurance topics to various groups, including judges, attorneys, and insurance companies.

Professional Experience

Crabbe, Brown & James – Partner
Crabbe, Brown & James – Associate
Alternative Dispute Resolution Teaching Assistant – Capital Law School
Constitutional Law Research Assistant – Capital Law School
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Knisley, Carpenter, Wilhelm & Nein – Law Clerk
Northmont High School, Montgomery County, OH – Science Teacher

  • Junior Varsity Tennis Coach & Freshman Class Advisor

Associations & Memberships

American Board of Trial Advocates
The Defense Research Institute
Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys
Columbus Claims Association
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Ohio State Bar Association
Columbus Bar Association

Awards & Honors

Best Lawyers in Central Ohio

  • For his extensive practice in Insurance Law
  • “Lawyer of the Year” in 2019 for Insurance Law

Columbus’ Top Lawyers List
Ohio Super Lawyer
Capital University

  • Law Review
  • Order of the Curia
  • American Jurisprudence Award on Constitutional Law
  • National Moot Court Team

Bar Admissions

United States Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
State of Ohio

Notable Publications, Significant Cases & Seminars


Represented the defendant in Franklin County Common Pleas against Plaintiff’s claims of multiple chemical sensitivities, respiratory issues and cognitive deficits.  Plaintiff claimed that the injuries were caused by the negligent installation of insulation and asked for $440,000 in damages.  The jury awarded Plaintiff with $7,500 in damages. (Crist v. Energy Tech, 19CV06971).

Obtained a favorable jury verdict in Licking County Court of Common Pleas, representing the defendant in a clear liability auto accident.  Attempts at settlement were unsuccessful and the case proceeded to trial.  The Plaintiff sought damages for $85,000 from the jury but the jury returned a verdict for $12,034. (Gulick v. Simco, Case No. 16V00961)

Successfully represented the driver of a pick-up truck involved in an accident with a motorcycle in Ross County Court of Common Pleas (Duvall v. Tipton, Case No. 15 CL 228).

Secured defense verdict Fairfield County Common Pleas, for the defendant in a vehicle accident that occurred between a van and two motorcycles. The Plaintiff sought significant damages for injuries allegedly sustained to her wrist. The jury returned a verdict for the defense, finding no liability for Plaintiff’s claimed injuries. (McFarland v. Barnes)

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Community Involvement

Village of Ostrander, Solicitor

Worthington Youth Boosters, Board Member

    Organized youth soccer league and coached baseball, football, basketball, and soccer in the City of Worthington

Deer Creek Civic Association, Treasurer

Deer Creek Civic Association, President


Capital University, J.D., cum laude, 1985
Miami University, B.S. Science Education, 1980