Jim is a 1986 graduate of the College of William and Mary, where he was elected to Beta Gamma Sigma, the national business honor society. He is a 1989 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law.
Prior to being a founding member of Wall Esleeck Babcock, Jim practiced as a partner with Kilpatrick Stockton in its corporate and health care departments. Prior to his experience with Kilpatrick Stockton, Jim was a shareholder and director of Bell, Davis & Pitt, P.A., where he practiced in the firm’s corporate, health care, and insolvency sections.
In addition to his health care and corporate experience, Jim has experience in bankruptcy and insolvency matters, having served on the North Carolina Bar Association Bankruptcy Council from 1995-1997. He is also a member of the American Health Lawyers Association (Physician Organization, Fraud and Abuse and Long Term Care Practice Groups)
Jim is a frequent speaker and author on issues affecting health care and small businesses. He advises health care clients on Stark, Anti-kickback, and HIPAA compliance, as well as other regulatory matters affecting health care providers and those providing management and other services to providers. He assists clients with choice of entity and compliance issues, and well as director responsibilities and fiduciary duties. He represents municipal corporations and quasi-governmental agencies with respect to corporate issues as well as open meetings and public records issues. He has vast experience in counseling corporate clients in significant contractual relationships, including executive employment (compensation, non-compete and confidentiality issues), independent contractors, and vendors.
Jim is a certified mediator, has been recognized as a Legal Elite by Business North Carolina magazine, and is included in the 2008 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Jim holds an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell.
Jim is an active volunteer for the YMCA and other organizations for whom he has coached numerous youth teams. He has also served as a junior varsity football coach at a local high school, and is the founder of Spring Hoops, an after-season basketball clinic for youngsters.