James C. Carpenter

Biography

Jim Carpenter is brought in when a company or its owners face a high-stakes dispute that is on the verge of breaking out into expensive and disruptive litigation. In litigation, Jim is known for his tenacious advocacy for his clients’ interests in the courtroom. Jim is known by his colleagues, judges, clients, and opponents as being an effective advocate and patient negotiator. He has the ability to get all parties to the table. He brings a business-like approach to managing the case. With over 40 years of trial experience, Jim knows how to help his clients manage the costs of litigation and provides counsel in finding resolutions that are in his business clients’ interest. Beyond handling complex business disputes, Jim’s practice includes financial services, construction, real estate, industrial and manufacturing industries, and directors and office representation.

Representative Experience

  • National and regional lead counsel in representation of the banking industry in check payment and regulatory litigation, negotiable instruments, bank deposits, ACH and wire transfers
  • Obtained decision by the West Virginia Supreme Court interpreting the Uniform Commercial Code that resulted in the recovery of corporate funds in excess of $1 million that were mishandled by corporate treasurer for personal use
  • Defended public and closed corporations, corporate officers in directors liability and fiduciary duty litigation
  • Obtained multi-million dollar verdict in a “bet the company” construction case on behalf of family-owned HVAC subcontractor in disagreement with the general contractor during the construction of a publicly funded K-High School education campus
  • Plaintiff’s Counsel in multidistrict airline crash wrongful death action
  • Successfully argued in bankruptcy court on behalf of restaurant entrepreneur, resulting in a valid, multi-million dollar contractual obligation not being enforceable due to breach of fiduciary duty by the bankrupt party
  • Obtained decision by the West Virginia Supreme Court interpreting the Uniform Commercial Code that resulted in the recovery of corporate funds in excess of $1 million that were mishandled by corporate treasurer for personal use
  • Acted as lead trial counsel in dozens of cases defending claims of alleged architectural, engineering, accounting, legal, or medical professional negligence/malpractice
  • Defended public and closed corporations, corporate officers in directors liability and fiduciary duty litigation
  • Representation in complex business and commercial litigation, bankruptcy court adversary actions, federal multidistrict litigation, construction, and products liability, both in court and in arbitrations
  • Lead counsel in major disputes involving school, highway, and commercial construction, and related eminent domain litigation
  • Lead jury trial counsel in over 4 states

Licensed In

  • Ohio

Education

  • J.D. The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law
  • B.A. Ohio State University

Memberships

  • Life Member, U.S. Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference
  • Former President and Trustee, The Columbus Area Leadership Program (n/k/a)
  • Leadership Columbus
  • Past President, Barrister Club of Columbus
  • Past Trustee, The League Against Child Abuse
  • Fellow and Charter Member, Construction Lawyers Society of America
  • Member, Million Dollar Advocacy Forum
  • Franklin Inns of Court, Counselor
  • Columbus Bar Association (Former Chairman, Mentoring Committee; Common Pleas Court, Federal Court Committees)
  • Fellow, Columbus Bar Association
  • American Bar Association (Litigation, Corporate Counsel, and Law Practice Management Sections)
  • Fellow, Ohio State Bar Association (Litigation Section Board Member 2015 to 2022)
  • American Arbitration Association Panel of Arbitrators
  • Mediator, Federal Court Mediation Program
  • Member, Session and Building Committee, New Albany Presbyterian Church
  • U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern and Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Tax Courts

Achievements

  • America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators
  • Peer Review Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Chief of Staff, Washington D.C., to U.S. Representative Bob Shamansky, D-OH (Mid East SubComittee House Foreign Affairs Committee; House Science & Technology Committee; House Committee on Aging) (1981-1982)
  • Best Lawyers® 2024 Lawyer of the Year*- Medical Malpractice Defense- Columbus, OH
    • *Only a single lawyer in each practice area and community is honored with “Lawyer of the Year”- for Columbus and Central Ohio
  • Best Lawyers® 2023 Lawyer of the Year*- Professional Malpractice Defense- Columbus, OH
  • Best Lawyers® 2023 Lawyer of the Year*- Banking Finance Litigation Defense- Columbus, OH
  • Best Lawyers® 2022 Lawyer of the Year*- Product Liability Litigation Defense- Columbus, OH
  • Best Lawyers® 2019 Lawyer of the Year*- Professional Malpractice Defense– Columbus, OH
  • Best Lawyers® 2019 Lawyer of the Year*- Product Liability Litigation Defense- Columbus, OH
  • Best Lawyers® 2017 “Lawyer of the Year*- Product Liability Litigation Defense- Columbus, OH
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in the following areas— 2012-2024
    • Commercial Litigation
    • Banking and Finance Litigation
    • Construction Law
    • Product Liability Law – Defense
    • Professional Malpractice – Defense
    • Medical Malpractice – Defense
  • Super Lawyers®
  • Who’s Who In American Law
  • Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders In America
  • Who’s Who In The Midwest
  • Received the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award (Marquis Who’s Who)

Speaking Engagements

  • Lecture – Numerous Topics Related to Business Litigation Including Lender Liability and Banking Litigation, Use of Experts In Products Liability Litigation, Use of Visual Aids In Complex Business Litigation, Civil Litigation, Medical Malpractice, Authored Outline of Ohio’s Construction Contracting Laws In Connection With American Bar Association, Litigation Section Project; How to Manage and Control Litigation Costs

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