James R. Havens

Attorney at Law // Principal
Member, Capital University Board of Trustees

Since 1989, Havens Limited has handled more than 450 title insurance claims on behalf of all major national underwriters and Mr. Havens has tried seven jury trials. This experience has made Havens’ knowledge of the title insurance industry invaluable.

As President and Founder of Cardinal Title, Mr. Havens and his staff facilitate significant commercial real estate transactions. Cardinal Title Insurance Agency has closed more than 3 billion dollars of transactions in the last six years. That includes the largest single transaction insured in 2007 in Central Ohio – a $106.5 million sale of ten office warehouse properties and in 2010 the $125 million Hilton Hotel at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.


Mr. Havens is a partner in a variety of real estate ventures which construct, syndicate, finance, manage, own and/or develop significant commercial properties. As a partner in Scout Healthcare, Mr. Havens performed land planning, design, construction, syndication, and financing of the Medical Center of Newark, a $20 million physician-owned hospital that was completed and licensed in December 2007.

Elected Service

Mr. Havens served as an elected official for three terms (1996-2008) and chaired the Granville Township Board of Trustees. He formed and implemented Ohio’s first open space acquisition program under the then newly-enacted ORC 5705.19(HH). This program collected approximately $5 million in tax and unrestricted proceeds and was used to acquire eighteen properties in Granville Township, Licking County, Ohio.