James J. Birch



As a partner at Rolfes Henry, James Birch combines legal expertise with real world experience. He has served as a director on the board of various companies, taught business law at the collegiate level, and currently acts as legal counsel for several organizations. As a former school principal, James has extensive experience in assisting schools and non-profit organizations.

In the business realm, James’ mission is to help clients improve business performance by assisting them with legal compliance, employment issues, business litigation, drafting business documents, and in workers compensation defense matters. James’ insurance litigation practice includes property and casualty defense and claims investigation.

Individuals, families, and businesses who need assistance with legal life and estate planning can also look to James for support and counsel. James understands that he is helping clients do more than just plan for death, rather he is helping them to make wise decisions during life.

James earned his Bachelor of Science degree in legal studies from Nova Southeastern University in 1999 and earned his Juris Doctor from NSU Shepard Broad College of Law in 2002. He is a member of the Ohio Bar and lives in Cincinnati with his wife and six children.


NSU Shepard Broad College of Law, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Juris Doctor, 2002

Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies, 1999

Admitted to Practice

State Courts:

  • State of Ohio

Notable Experience


  • "CLM Leading Out Loud - Workers' Compensation," (2021), published in CLM Magazine
  • “Advocacy: The Benefit for Non-Profit Organizations,” SelfInformed, National Association of the Self Employed, (2016)
  • "Maximizing the Adaptive Learning Technology Experience,” Journal of Higher Education Theory and Practice, Volume 16(4); Co-Authored with Forsyth, B., Deel, G., Brauer, T., Kimble, C. (2016)
  • "Leadership and Ethical Decision Making," Words of Wisdom, LLC. (ISBN 10: 1934920347); Co-Authored with L., Kimble, C., Smith, R., Whitaker, G. (2015)


  • “Hands on Mock Trial,” (2017), presented at Claims and Litigation Management Alliance, Charlotte, North Carolina

Professional Certifications

  • Certified Claims Professional (CCP)

Community Involvement

  • Faith & Honor Endowment, Board Member, (2013 – present)
  • Ohio Knights Baseball Program, Administrator and Coach (2016 – present)
  • Immaculate Conception Academy, Varsity Baseball Coach (2016 – present)


  • Cincinnati Bar Association
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)

Areas of Practice

  • Business and Corporate Law
  • Claim Investigations
  • Education Law
  • Insurance Bad Faith Litigation
  • Property & Casualty Insurance Litigation
  • Workers' Compensation