General Counsel

  • James Barnes, Esq., General Counsel
    Wanda Lillis, Esq., Associate Counsel
    Aaron Tompkins, Esq., Staff Counsel
    Adam Sims, Esq., Staff Counsel
    Joyce A. Warren, Legal Secretary
    Jeenah Trout, MPA, Paralegal

    Telephone: 614-365-5673


  • The Office of General Counsel is on a mission to provide high quality legal advice and counsel in order to foster sound decision-making in all district areas of administration, operation and instruction.  We strive to achieve results that exceed the expectations of the Columbus City School District and its Board of Education by providing accurate and timely advice and information in order for the District to achieve its stated mission, goals and purpose.