Womble Bond Dickinson announced today that James E. Quander, a respected criminal defense attorney with extensive experience in state and federal courts, has joined as an of counsel in the firm’s Winston-Salem office. His practice focuses on complex criminal litigation, including multi-count, multi-defendant criminal conspiracies, murder, sexual misconduct, and white-collar cases. 

“James is an excellent lawyer with an outstanding reputation in the Winston-Salem legal community,” said Kim Mann, managing partner of the firm’s Winston-Salem office. “His extensive experience in criminal defense law further increases the depth and breadth of services we can offer clients at the local, state, and federal levels. We could not be more pleased that he has decided to join Womble Bond Dickinson.”

Greg Horton, leader of the firm’s Mass Torts practice group, added: “James will be a tremendous asset to the firm and our clients across North Carolina. We are excited to add complex criminal defense capability to our team, especially since that experience comes with his impressive range of skills and professional relationships.”

A North Carolina State Board Certified Specialist in State and Federal Criminal Law, Quander has tried more than 50 cases to a jury in the last five years and regularly appears in courts throughout the southeast. Before law school, he was a standout Atlantic Coast Conference student-athlete on the Wake Forest University football team. He maintains a close connection with college and professional sports and has represented athletes in matters ranging from NCAA investigations to labor and injury disputes. He has been certified as a contract advisor by the NFL Players Association and negotiated contracts with the Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, and Tennessee Titans.

“Womble Bond Dickinson has an incredible team of lawyers committed to client service,” said Quander. “I have practiced with many of the firm’s partners over the years and look forward to growing my practice and contributing to this multi-disciplinary, market-leading firm.”

Within the community, Quander is an active member of local bar associations and is the incoming vice president of the Forsyth County and 31st District Bar Association. He takes on many criminal pro bono cases each year and, in 2016, he received the Harvey Lupton Award for Most Distinguished Criminal Lawyer, an honor presented by the Forsyth County Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers Association to recognize outstanding achievement and dedication in the field of criminal law. 

Quander is a double graduate of Wake Forest University. He received his B.A. in political science and was a two-year starting linebacker for the Demon Deacons football team. In law school, he served as president of the Black Law Students Association and was a member of the Moot Court Board and Joseph Branch Inn of Court. 

He joins Womble Bond Dickinson from Quander Rubain, PA, in Winston-Salem, N.C., where he was the founder and managing partner.