James E. Arnold

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Columbus, OH

Arnold & Clifford LLP
 | 115 West Main Street, Suite 400
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-460-1600
Fax: 614-469-1066
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1987
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (80%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (10%),
  • General Litigation (10%)
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Attorney Profile

James E. Arnold is recognized as one of Ohio's top trial lawyers.   Mr Arnold has been recognized as one of Ohio's Superlawyers for 17 consecutive years.  In 2012 he was named "Ohio's Number One Super Lawyer," and is frequently identified as among the top 10 lawyers in the state.

Best Lawyers has also recognized Mr. Arnold.  In 2012 he was named Central Ohio's "Securities Litigation Lawyer of the Year," in 2013 as the, "Bet-the-Company Litigation Lawyer of the Year," and in 2014 as Central Ohio's "Intellectual Property Litigation Lawyer of the Year." Since 2001 he has consistently been recognized by Best Lawyers in multiple fields including bet-the-company, personal injury (plaintiffs and defense), commercial, intellectual property and securities litigation.

Mr. Arnold was inducted as a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers in Chicago, Illinois in 2005. Induction is by invitation only and is limited to the top 1% of trial lawyers in the state. He was inducted into the International Academy of Trial Lawyers in 2016, which limits membership to 500 lawyers in the United States under the age of 70.

James E Arnold & Associates, LPA was honored by Columbus CEO’s readers in CEO magazines annual “Best of Business” awards as the "Best Litigation Firm" in Columbus for 2012. 

Mr. Arnold’s career began in Columbus, Ohio at Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease, where he became a partner in 1995.  While there, he gained extensive litigation experience as both plaintiffs and defense counsel in commercial and traditional tort litigation, including shareholder and partnership disputes, general commercial cases, real estate, probate, product liability, wrongful death and personal injury in both state and federal courts. 

Mr. Arnold left Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease in 2000 and joined a firm that came to be known as Clark, Perdue, Arnold & Scott.  While there, Jim obtained record jury verdicts in multiple practice areas, while at the same time successfully prosecuting and defending major class action litigation involving ERISA claims, public utilities and mortgage fraud. James E. Arnold & Associates was formed in 2008.  He and the firm work in significant business and commercial, class action, real estate, probate, ERISA, tax, wrongful death and catastrophic personal injury litigation in both state and federal courts, as well as in arbitration proceedings.




Practice Areas
  • 80%Business Litigation
  • 10%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 10%General Litigation
Focus Areas

Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Litigation


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About James Arnold

Admitted: 1987, Ohio

Professional Webpage: http://www.arnlaw.com/index.php/james-e-arnold/


  • Fellow, Ohio State Bar Foundation
  • AV rating, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Best Lawyer in Bet-the-Company Litigation, Best Lawyers, 2013
  • Named one of the "Best Lawyers in America" 2001-Present
  • Best of the U.S.
  • Top 5 Ohio Super Lawyers, 2013
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Named one of Central Ohio's Top 50 Lawyers by Columbus' Business First
  • Ohio's Number One Super Lawyer, 2012

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member, Columbus Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio, 1987
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1991
  • Member, The ESOP Association
  • Ohio, 1987
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1989
  • Member, Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association
  • United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois, 2011
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio, 1988
  • Member, Ohio State Bar Association


  • Prosper Business Development Co. v. MarketStar.  Lead counsel in business dispute involving non-circumvent agreement.  Award of $4,750,000.  Highest pre-arbitration settlement offer was $70,000. 
  • Zanke v. Village Green Management Corp.  Represented plaintiff against apartment complex owner and management company for injuries received by tenant who slipped and fell on ice caused by removal of gutters and downspouts during winter renovation project. Three-week jury trial resulted in verdict in favor of plaintiff for $5,156,168, consisting of $4,223,438 compensatory damages and $932,730 for prejudgment interest. Pretrial settlement offer of $60,000
  • Shirley K. Barnhart v. Hanlin Rainaldi Construction Corp.  Employer intentional tort case, representing plaintiff. Jury trial resulting in verdict of $473,693, representing the second highest jury verdict for an intentional tort case in Franklin County, Ohio as reported by the Columbus Bar Assn.
  • Bench Billboard v. City of Columbus.  City of Columbus illegally confiscated hundreds of properly licensed and located bus stop benches, represented plaintiff. Bench trial resulted in City being enjoined from removing any further benches, returning the benches taken and award of damages including attorneys' fees.Kessel v. Pharmacy Associates, Inc.  Dispute among shareholders involving a buy-sell agreement, representing plaintiff. Jury trial lasted for a week after which the defense conceded liability and settled the case, including payment of a portion of the plaintiff's attorney's fees.  Englehaupt v. Eaton Construction Co., Inc.  Business dispute involving the failed sale of a company, representing plaintiff. Jury trial lasting several days. Jury returned a verdict in favor of the plaintiff and against the defendant..
  • Goldsmith v. Lechiara.  Medical malpractice wrongful death case, representing plaintiff. Seventeen-day jury trial resulting in plaintiff's verdict of $6,691,420, constituting the largest wrongful death verdict in Franklin County, Ohio history. There was no pretrial settlement offer. 
  • Griffith v. Wausau Business Ins. Co.  Motor vehicle crash, underinsured motorist case, representing plaintiff. Award of $901,046, consisting of jury verdict of $738,046, with an additional $163,000 of prejudgment interest awarded. No pretrial settlement offer.
  • Value Behavioral Health v. Ohio Dept. of Mental Health , 966 F. Supp. 557 (U.S.D.C. S.D. Ohio, 1997), representing intervening party. Claim involved the alleged improper award of a $177,459,000 state contract for the provision of mental health services. Issues included whether or not the federal courts had jurisdiction to enjoin the state from making an award because of the 11th amendment to the United States Constitution, and whether a civil rights action could be maintained under 28 USC 1983. Court ordered the injunction, which order was vacated at the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals when the plaintiff was acquired by the intervenor.  Kingseed v. O'Leary.  Medical negligence case representing plaintiff. Jury held in favor of the plaintiff for several hundred thousand dollars. Prejudgment interest was also awarded.
  • Brookover v. Flexmag Industries, Inc.  Co-lead counsel for plaintiff whose hand was amputated in an industrial machine. Two week jury trial resulting in award of $7,482,000, consisting of $4,000,000 compensatory damages, $2,000,000 punitive damages and $1,482,000 of attorneys' fees and prejudgment interest. Highest pretrial settlement offer was $650,000.
  • Borror v. MarineMax of Ohio, Inc.  Represented plaintiff against boat dealer alleging claims of violations of the Consumer Sales Practices Act and fraud in connection with the sale of vessel costing approximately $780,000. Boat was sold for $350,000 and, following bench trial, plaintiff obtained then highest Consumer Sales Practices Act award rendered in Ohio, consisting of $2,545,369 for fraud, violation of state's consumer protection statute, attorneys' fees and prejudgment interest. Pretrial settlement offer of $35,000
  • Borror v. Buckeye Union Ins. Co.  Motor vehicle accident, underinsured motorist case representing plaintiff. Jury trial resulting in verdict of $814,000, representing the largest underinsured motorist's case verdict in Franklin County, OH as reported by the Columbus Bar Assn. (One higher verdict during this time period was reversed on appeal by the Ohio Supreme Court). Post trial motions resulted in a further award of prejudgment interest and attorneys fees.

Representative Clients:

  • Penn Gaming, Abercrombie & Fitch, Franklin Publications, Inc., M/I Homes, Inc., Dominion Homes, Inc., Business First of Columbus, Retail Ventures, Inc., Gilligan Oil Company, Diamond Hill Investments, Basic Media Productions

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers; Fellow, Ohio State Bar Foundation; Trustee, Columbus Bar Foundation. AV rating, Martindale-Hubbell, 2005
  • Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2017

Educational Background:

  • The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, B.S. in Business Administration, 1979
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Office Location for James E. Arnold

115 West Main Street
Suite 400
Columbus, OH 43215

Phone: 614-460-1600

Fax: 614-469-1066

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