In litigation, experience, creativity and tenacity matter, Jamie is a trial-tested litigator who represents clients from a variety of industries including insurance, finance, retail, manufacturing and technology. He understands that success looks different in every case and takes a strategic approach to litigation that emphasizes clients’ objectives in light of their unique circumstances.

Jamie has successfully tried cases to juries in state and federal courts in North Carolina and Virginia. He has argued before the the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and North Carolina Court of Appeals. He has successfully argued for and against numerous dispositive motions and has helped his clients settle dozens of matters.

Beyond traditional commercial litigation, Jamie, who is blind, uses his decades of experience with adaptive technology to advise clients grappling with the rapidly evolving area of website accessibility. His clients include retailers facing individual and class action lawsuits under the Americans with Disabilities Act, colleges and universities under investigation by the Office of Civil Rights, and businesses taking a proactive approach to compliance.

In 2008, Jamie won a silver medal in rowing in the Paralympic Games, and his clients benefit from the same drive and dedication that led him to Olympic success.

Publications

  • Member of editorial staff for 2016, 2018, and 2020 editions of the Fourth Circuit chapter of the American Bar Association’s book, ERISA Survey of Federal Circuits
  • Author of North Carolina Chapter for Defense Research Institute’s book The Law of Life Insurance: Key Issues in Each State
  • “How a European Union Privacy Law Is Shaping North Carolina Business and Litigation, The Middle Ground”, a publication of the Federal Bar Association—Middle District of North Carolina Chapter, Fall 2018
  • “What is Website Accessibility and Why Does it Matter, The Middle Ground” a publication of the Federal Bar Association—Middle District of North Carolina Chapter, Fall 2017
  • “The Case for a Unified Approach to Corporate and LLC Citizenship,” The Middle Ground, a publication of the Federal Bar Association—Middle District of North Carolina Chapter, Spring 2016

Civic and Professional Activities

  • Defense Research Institute 
  • Forsyth County Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Board Member, Federal Bar Association, Middle District Chapter
  • Paralympic Games, United States Rowing Team, Silver Medalist, 2008
  • Wake Forest University School of Law – Adjunct Professor or Pre-Trial Practice and Procedure 
  • Forsyth County Jail & Prison Ministry, Volunteer

Honors and Awards

Selected to the North Carolina Rising Stars list by Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters) in Business Litigation, 2016 – 2019

Experience

Any result the lawyer or law firm may have achieved on behalf of clients in other matters does not necessarily indicate similar results can be obtained for other clients.

  • Trial counsel in defamation suit against undercover journalism organization in which the Court entered a directed verdict in organization’s favor at the close of the plaintiff’s case.
  • Trial counsel for employer in fraud and embezzlement suit in which the jury awarded all requested compensatory damages and maximum allowable punitive damages against a dishonest former employee.
  • Counselor to major national retailers, hospitality providers and manufacturers concerning website accessibility, including responding to pre-litigation demands and lawsuits alleging noncompliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. 
  • Trial counsel for investor in successful action to collect commercial loan in which jury rejected borrower’s claim that balance of debt was reduced by original lender and required full payment of the amount asserted by investor.
  • Defends the second largest property and casualty insurance company in the United States in cases involving bad faith claims handling, coverage, and allegations of unfair and deceptive trade practices.
  • Trial counsel for insurer in action to collect unpaid premiums in which the jury found the defendant cab company misclassified its drivers as independent contractors rather than employees and returned a verdict for the insurer.
  • Prevailed after oral argument on issue of first impression before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, resulting in a published opinion finding that suits for unpaid freight charges are not subject to federal jurisdiction and, therefore, that trucking companies’ suit against retailer client had to be dismissed.
  • Prevailed after oral argument before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in ERISA benefits suit in which plaintiff claimed insurer had abused its discretion in terminating her long-term disability benefits after 10 years of payments.
  • Represents Fortune 500 life and disability insurance company in ERISA and non-ERISA litigation, including interpleader actions and suits involving allegations of bad faith.