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Jim Carpenter is brought in when a company faces a high-stakes dispute with the potential to become expensive and disruptive litigation. Jim is an asset to his corporate clients, delivering competence and competitiveness in the courtroom, as well as a business-like approach to case management. Jim’s method of defending litigation begins with learning and understanding his client’s business strategy and future plans. Using this as a springboard, Jim then employs his curiosity to uncover the facts, research precedent, and understand the “why,” along with the “what.” 

Jim is known by his colleagues, judges, clients, and opponents as being an effective and patient negotiator who has the ability to get all parties to the table, with advocacy for his clients and resolution as his top priority.

Jim’s clients include entities in the construction, financial services, real estate, industrial and manufacturing industries.

Memberships & Awards

America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators
Peer Review Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
The Best Lawyers in America®
Best Lawyers® 2019 Columbus, OH, Product Liability Litigation, Lawyer of the Year
Best Lawyers® 2019 Columbus, OH, Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants, Lawyer of the Year
Best Lawyers® 2017 Central Ohio, Civil Litigation, Lawyer of the Year
Super Lawyers®
Columbus Bar Association (Chairman, Mentoring Committee; Common Pleas Court, Federal Court Committees)
American Bar Association (Litigation, Corporate Counsel, and Law Practice Management Sections)
Fellow Columbus Bar Association
Fellow Ohio State Bar Association (Litigation Section Board Member 2015 to present)
American Arbitration Association Panel of Arbitrators
Mediator - Federal Court Mediation Program
Who's Who In American Law
Who's Who of Emerging Leaders In America
Who's Who In The Midwest
Member Million Dollar Advocacy Forum
Graduated Ohio University summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Key Experience

Obtained multi-million dollar verdict on behalf of family owned HVAC subcontractor in disagreement with general contractor during the construction of a publicly funded K-12 education project
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

Work Experience

2010 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
1981-1982 Chief of Staff (AA), Washington, D.C., U.S. Rep. Bob Shamansky
2006-2010 Carpenter Lane, LLC
1996-2006 Lane, Alton & Horst, LLC
1982-1996 Carlile Patchen & Murphy
1975-1980 Knepper, White, Arter & Hadden

Speaking Engagements

Lecture - Numerous Topics 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