James is the partner-in-charge of Taft's Cincinnati office. He represents businesses, investors and entrepreneurs on a range of matters, including mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt financings, securities offerings and strategic partnering transactions. James also serves as outside counsel for numerous growth companies and represents private equity and venture capital firms in fund formation and portfolio company investments.

James is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and serves on the boards of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce, Ohio Chamber of Commerce, ArtsWave and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Foundation. Some of his awards and honors include being ranked in an Honoree in the Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2019)"Lawyer of the Year" Honoree, Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law, Best Lawyers in America (2020), a Cincinnati Business Courier Forty Under 40 Honoree (2010) and Member, C-Change Leadership Program (Class of 2007).