Ironman Who Motivates An Entire City to Live a Healthier Life with James Crumlin

by | Sep 15, 2021 | Podcast

JJames Crumlin is a well-known Nashville employment lawyer co-founder of Capitol Steps Workout in Nashville, Ironman Triathlete, and Triathlete Coach.

Encouraged by his mother, and following in his father’s footsteps, James says he wanted to be a lawyer for as long as he can remember.  One of the proudest moments in his life was accepting the National Bar Association’s induction of his father into its Hall of Fame.

In this episode, James walks us through how he started his fitness journey. How he went from running a half marathon to completing Iron Man distance triathlons to coaching others to their finish lines. 

You don’t want to miss this episode.

Episode Highlights:

  • What motivated James to practice law
  • How his parents have influenced him
  • The proudest moment in his life
  • Why he started running
  • How the Capitol Steps Workout in Nashville was born
  • The toughest competition James has participated in
  • James’ advice and why mental toughness is the key to winning in life

Guest Bio:

James legal counsel is regularly sought out by management on issues arising from the employment relationship. His experience includes union and non-union arbitration and all forms of employment discrimination litigation. In addition, he conducts in-house training sessions on compliance with the numerous federal and state laws affecting employers — from the Americans with Disabilities Act to the Fair Labor Standards Act to the Occupational Health

James concentrates his practice in the areas of labor and employment law, business and corporate law, litigation and dispute resolution, and entertainment and media law. As an active member in the Nashville community, James is committed to providing excellent legal representation for his clients.

In the area of entertainment and media law, he represents artists, songwriters, authors, managers, and producers in the production, ownership, marketing, and sale of creative works. He also represents television anchors/reporters in contract negotiations with local and national media outlets.


  • 2016 Justice A. A. Birch Outstanding Service Award
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers
  • Forty Under 40, Nashville Business Journal, 2011
  • Young Leader of the Year, Young Leaders Council, 2010
  • Best of the Bar, Nashville Business Journal, 2009
  • 45 Top Leaders Under 45, Tennessee NAACP, 2008
  • Nashville Emerging Leader Award for Law, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and 20/20 Leadership Alliance, 2007

James is very active in the Nashville community and a passionate nonprofit supporter. Among the organizations he has been involved with are Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee, Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center, and the Kelly Miller Smith Center Against Abuse Behavior. He is an active member of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church. James serves as trustee and was instrumental in the Project 2000 committee, which oversaw the construction of the church’s $17 million facilities.

In his spare time, James is a triathlete and runner, having competed in eight Ironman triathlons, five Ironman 70.3 triathlons, three marathons, and 20 half marathons. James also loves to travel. His favorite destinations are Rome, Italy, the Phoenix/Scottsdale area, Miami, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and the Caribbean Islands.

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