In addition to his legal practice, James plays a leadership role in several community organizations and initiatives. He is a co-founder of Cincinnati Innovates, a regional innovation competition that has received hundreds of entries and awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars in prizes since its creation in 2009. James also is general counsel to Cintrifuse, an organization formed in 2012 by several of the largest organizations in Cincinnati to coordinate and catalyze the Cincinnati region’s innovation ecosystem.
James serves on the board of the Greater Cincinnati Venture Association, Breakthrough Cincinnati and The Circuit, and on the finance and investment committee for ArtsWave. He is actively involved with The Brandery, a Top 15 seed stage business accelerator. He is a frequent speaker on entrepreneurship and venture capital.