James began his practice with the firm of Everett, Gaskins, Hancock & Stevens, LLP, as an associate in 2008, where he focused primarily on commercial litigation and bankruptcy prior to joining Everett Gaskins Hancock LLP in 2010. James became a partner in the Firm in 2015, and became managing partner in 2019.
James grew up in the mountains of Alleghany County, N.C., and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a North Carolina Teaching Fellow, majoring in both United States history and journalism. After earning his master’s degree in teaching from UNC in 2001, James spent the next four years teaching history and serving as an assistant football and baseball coach at Northern High School in Durham.
In 2005, James left teaching to attend the Norman A. Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University, where he graduated cum laude. While at Campbell, James served as a comments editor of the Campbell Law Review, participated in both national and international moot court competitions, and was elected to Phi Kappa Phi.
In addition to spending time with his wife, Kristi, and their children, Wren, Liam and McKinley, James enjoys reading history and coaching youth sports, particularly baseball.
- WCBA President’s Award, 2015
- NCBA YLD’s Robinson O. Everett Professionalism Award, 2016
- Business North Carolina Legal Elite 2016-17, 19, Young Guns, 2014-17
- North Carolina Super Lawyers, 2019; Rising Star 2014-18
- The Best Lawyers in America © 2018-19, Litigation-Construction
- AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell
James served as coordinator of the Firm’s pro bono efforts from 2010-16, through which the Firm partners with the Campbell School of Law’s pro bono externship program to handle appellate matters for the Guardian ad Litem program and referrals from Legal Aid of North Carolina.
James is active in both the Wake County Bar Association and North Carolina Bar Association. He served on the WCBA/Tenth Judicial District’s Board of Directors from 2016-2018 and served as president of the WCBA Young Lawyers Division in 2015. While a member of the NCBA YLD, he co-chaired the Pro Bono and Poverty Issues Committee and assisted in the implementation of the Legal LINK program, which piloted at Northern High School in Durham (where James taught from 2001 to 2005) and won the American Bar Association’s Next Steps Challenge in 2012. James has also been a presenter at NCBA continuing legal education programs on the topics of electronic discovery and mentoring.
James has served as treasurer of the Craven-Everett American Inn of Court and as a member of the Campbell Law Alumni Association’s Board of Directors. James has also volunteered as a coach of numerous youth sports teams and currently serves on the board of directors of Bull City Little League.