Jim’s practice is concentrated on complex civil business litigation, mediation and arbitration. His work on issues related to professional responsibility and legal ethics has been extensive.
Jim has been practicing law for 44 years. He first joined Bell, Davis & Pitt in 1984, and took a 6-year hiatus from the firm to serve as general counsel for a publicly listed company. Previously, he practiced for 13 years in Washington, D.C., where he was a partner in Howrey & Simon.
As a litigator, trial lawyer, arbitrator and mediator, Jim has focused his career on complex business litigation. A fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, among many other selective professional organizations, he has in the course of his career handled numerous disputes in the areas of antitrust, business torts, contracts, intellectual property, securities, shareholder controversies, trade secrets, unfair trade practices, employment, and a variety of regulatory matters. He appears frequently in the North Carolina Business Court and has extensive experience in other state and federal courts in North Carolina, as well as nationwide. He has served as general counsel and risk manager for a publicly listed company. As a result, he is experienced in dealing with a variety of corporate and regulatory matters confronting public companies.
Jim has been heavily involved in professional activities, serving on numerous boards and committees of the North Carolina State Bar and the North Carolina Bar Association. In 2011, he was elected president of the North Carolina State Bar.
Jim’s civic activities have been varied, including: Leadership Winston-Salem; the Winston-Salem Drug-Free Workplace Task Force; Board of Directors, Contact Helpline of the Triad; Board of Directors, West End Association; Alumni Council and Order of the Barristers, Duke University School of Law; Triad Leadership Council; and the William Preston Few Association of Duke University’s Trinity College.
Raised in western North Carolina, specifically rural Alexander County, he received both his undergraduate and law degrees from Duke University. His wife, Debbie, is an ordained United Methodist Church minister. They have two daughters – Alexandra, a social worker, and Victoria, an associate producer of a Nickelodeon television series for children. Jim’s hobbies include painting, reading, woodworking, and historical home renovation