Donna and Larry James
Larry and Donna James have been at the heart of the central Ohio business, legal, civic, and political scene for the last three decades. Larry, a respected litigator and advisor to both local and national clients, serves as managing partner at Crabbe Brown & James, LLP. His work includes his role as lead counsel for Ohio State athletes being investigated by the NCAA and general counsel of the National Fraternal Order of Police.
Donna is a trusted advisor to private- and public-sector leaders, ranging from entrepreneurs to C-suite Fortune 500 executives. Before starting her own firm, Lardon & Associates, she was president of Nationwide Strategic Investments, a division of Nationwide Mutual Insurance. She also serves on the board of directors for L Brands, Marathon Petroleum, Boston Scientific and the privately held FIS Group.
In addition to their myriad business and corporate accomplishments, Larry and Donna have a remarkable record of civic service. Donna is the co-founder and former board chair of the Center for Healthy Families. She also is a board trustee for OhioHealth, North Carolina A&T State University, executive director for the African-American Leadership Academy and co-chair for the Columbus CelebrateOne initiative. Since 1987, Larry has served as a board member or director for more than 20 different city, county, and statewide organizations, in addition to co-founding the African-American Leadership Academy. Currently, he serves as a member of the board of trustees of Kenyon College, and is the president of the board of both the King Arts Complex and the Lincoln Theatre.