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He has litigated some of North Carolina’s most high-profile cases, including the Duke Lacrosse case and Alan Gell’s death row appeal.
Jim has tried more than 60 jury cases to verdict in civil and criminal cases and argued more than 45 appeals in the State and Federal courts. He is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and a Permanent Member of the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference. Jim was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the fields of Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Criminal Defense Non-White-Collar, Criminal Defense White Collar, Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants and Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants. Jim was ranked as a Best Lawyer “Lawyer of the Year” in Bet-the-Company Litigation in 2015. He is the only attorney selected as one of the top trial lawyers in North Carolina in civil and criminal work; in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 he was selected as one of the top ten civil attorneys in North Carolina. In 2007 he was the top vote recipient for criminal attorneys in North Carolina and in 2011 was voted the best attorney for “Bet Your Company” cases. In 2004 he received the N.C. Bar Association’s William Thorp Pro Bono Award and in 2010 the N.C. Bar Association’s Wade Smith Professionalism Award for Criminal Defense. He is a member of the “Legal Elite Hall of Fame” in North Carolina.
Jim has lectured extensively throughout North Carolina and the country to law-enforcement groups, attorney organizations and law schools. In recent years he has spoken at the Nebraska Defense Attorneys’ Conference, the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, the California Criminal Defense Lawyers Death Penalty Conference, the Ohio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, the National Meeting of the Defense Research Institute (DRI), the Federal Bar Association of Jacksonville, Florida, the Palm Beach Bar Association (Law Day Lecture), the Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, the National Association of Legal Investigators, the Toledo Bar Association, the New England Conference of Special Investigators, the National Meeting of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys (Forensic and Eyewitness Seminars), the Florida Bar Association, the Kentucky Bar Association, the Arkansas Bar Association, the Utah Civil Defense Attorneys Association, the North Carolina Homicide Investigators Association, and the Arizona Public Defenders’ Conference. He has given invited lectures at the University of Virginia School of Law, Vanderbilt Law School, Campbell Law School, the University of South Carolina School of Law, the Charlotte School of Law, and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
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Financial Sevices Litigation
Government Investigations & White Collar Criminal Defense
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Member, Kennedy Covington Lobdell & Hickman, LLP, Charlotte, NC, 1989-2000
Associate, Kennedy Covington Lobdell & Hickman, LLP, Charlotte, NC, 1983-1989
Law Clerk, the Honorable John D. Butzner, Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, Richmond, VA, 1982-1983
Summer Associate, Arnold & Porter, 1981