Jason B. James

227 W Trade St
Charlotte, NC 28202
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Jason B. James

Jason James is a litigator, focusing primarily in the areas of construction and surety law, construction defect litigation, complex commercial litigation, and dispute resolution

Jason’s construction and surety law practice includes working with clients at every phase of the construction process. He has significant experience representing owners and developers, as well as design professionals, general contractors, subcontractors, and material suppliers in the negotiation of contracts on the front end of a project through project close out. When disputes arise following project completion, he handles litigation matters related to construction defect and delay claims, wrongful termination claims, and liability issues.

Jason has successfully litigated complex commercial and business disputes for his clients involving misappropriation of trade secrets and unfair and deceptive trade practice cases involving multi-million-dollar claims. His trade secrets and unfair competition practice involves competing businesses and covenants not to compete, as well as claims against rogue employees.  

In his dispute resolution practice, Jason helps parties work together to resolve their disputes prior to trial, and often prior to suit being filed. Certified by the NC Dispute Resolution Commission to conduct Superior Court mediations since 2008, he has mediated close to a thousand cases in both state and federal court proceedings, and regularly serves as an arbitrator. Jason has been inducted into the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, an invitation-only professional association whose membership consists of highly regarded mediators and arbitrators.

Regularly recognized by his peers in Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite listing in both construction law and business litigation, Jason was the 2020 Legal Elite Overall Winner in Construction Law. He has also been named multiple times by North Carolina Super Lawyers magazine to the list of Top 25 attorneys in Charlotte and Top 100 attorneys in North Carolina. 

Jason firmly believes in the importance of giving back to both the legal community and the greater Charlotte community. He has a long history of service to both the Mecklenburg County Bar and North Carolina Bar Association. He is a past chair of the Mecklenburg County Bar Litigation Section as well as the Professionalism, Lawyer Life and Culture Committee. He is active with the North Carolina Bar Association’s Litigation Section Council and Construction Law Section, as well as the American Bar Association’s Construction Law and Dispute Resolution Sections.

Jason is a North Carolina native from High Point. His wife Laura grew up in Mississippi, and the two met in Charlotte. It is undisputed that his wife is the artistic one in the family and is best known as the creative genius behind Laura James Jewelry. Their daughter Lila is in elementary school and is already a skilled negotiator and advocate, and routinely lectures on successful negotiation strategies. At the end of 2012, Jason learned to swim, bought a bike (now several), and slowly ran into the sport of triathlon. In addition to spending time with his family, he has a passion for all things outdoors, most notably turkey hunting, and is also a Mississippi Delta Hot Tamale connoisseur.


Campbell University, JD, 2001

Wake Forest University, BA, 1996

Bar & Court Admittance

2001, North Carolina

United States District Courts for the Western, Middle, and Eastern Districts of North Carolina

The United States Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit

Professional & Community Activities

North Carolina Bar Association: Litigation Section Council; Collaborative Law Committee; Co-chair, Young Lawyers Division Law Related Education Committee, Diversity Committee; NCBA Litigation Section, Construction Law Section

National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals

American Bar Association - Litigation and Construction Sections

Mecklenburg County Bar Association: Litigation Section Co-Chair; Bar Leadership Institute; 2001-2005, Co-chair, Swearing-in Ceremony

President, Justice William Bobbitt Inn of Court, 2007-2008




Best Lawyers in America® -Litigation - Construction (2021)

Best Lawyers in America® (2020)

2020 Legal Elite Winner in Construction by Business North Carolina

2016 North Carolina Leaders in the Law Honoree

Ranked in Business North Carolina magazine "Legal Elite" (Litigation), 2012, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019, 2020

Ranked in Business North Carolina magazine "Legal Elite" (Construction), 2015- present

North Carolina Super Lawyers, 2014 - present


Ranked in Business North Carolina magazine "Young Guns," 2010, 2011 and 2013


Ranked among Super Lawyer magazine's "North Carolina Super Lawyers" Top 100, Charlotte and Top 25, NC (Business Litigation), 2015, 2018 and 2019

Ranked among Super Lawyer magazine's "Rising Stars," 2010, 2012 and 2013

Named in Charlotte Business Journal's "40 Under 40," 2012

Representative Experience

McKee v. James, et al. (North Carolina Business Court): Defense of individual shareholder and derivative claims in case alleging, among other things, misappropriation of Trade Secrets and breach of fiduciary duty (Pending)

Welliver McGuire, Inc. v. Members Interior Construction, Inc. (Mecklenburg County Superior Court): Counsel for HD Supply (formerly Hughes Supply, Inc.) in products liability case.

ContraVest Const. Co. v. Humphreys & Partners Architects, L.P., et al. (Mecklenburg County Superior Court): Counsel for ContraVest in a construction defect case involving stairway landings at an apartment complex.

Course Doctors, Inc. v. Mountaineer Land Group, LLC (North Carolina Business Court): Counsel for subcontractor in matter involving failed multi-million dollar golf course project in Mecklenburg and Cabarrus County.

Nationwide Mut. Ins. Co. v. Haight, 152 N.C. App. 137, 566 S.E.2d 835 (2002): Counsel for underinsured motorist insurer.  Successfully argued that the proper calculation of UIM coverage available is obtained by subtracting the per-accident limit of the tortfeasor’s liability policy from the per-accident limit of the UIM policy.

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