Client surveys suggest a considerable talent of Jim’s is his ability to collect complex information, distill it and present it to decision makers in a clear, simple and compelling fashion. Jim developed his legal talent from more than 30 years of litigating cases, successfully resolving an array of disputes in South Carolina’s state and federal courts and contributing to more than 35 jury trials to verdict. He represents major national and regional companies and banks as well as individuals and minority business interests; he has represented some for over 25 years.

Specifically, he has mediated, arbitrated and tried cases in the areas of commercial disputes, personal injury (defense and plaintiff), products liability, and contested environmental permits.

Business disputes, a focus in recent years, include breakups of limited liability companies and limited liability partnerships and more typical contract conflicts. Products liability cases have addressed sterile eye solutions, industrial equipment, tires, shotguns, asbestos-containing products and commercial irrigation systems. Other work involving personal injury has included representation of several tractor-trailer companies and other transportation interests. Land use litigation including contested environmental matters (stormwater permits and water quality certifications) have provided deep knowledge of SC regulatory agencies and administrative law, with reported wins before the SC Court of Appeals and the South Carolina Supreme Court.

Jim is a managing partner in Womble Bond Dickinson's Charleston office. 

Presentations and Publications

  • Ethical Considerations for Young Lawyers Related to Judicial Disqualification and Disclosure, November 2012
  • I Survived the Big One – Lessons Learned From Living Through Natural Disasters, Moderator, May 2012
  • Post Trial Practice, Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Presenting Faculty Member, 1995
  • Author of Venue, an extended article for South Carolina Jurisprudence, the State’s Legal Encyclopedia
  • Legal Handbook for Volunteers, published by South Carolina Young Lawyers Division, Committee Chairman, 1993

Civic and Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Charleston Bar Association, 1988 to Present
    • President,  2015-2016
    • President Elect, 2014-2015
    • Secretary, 2013-2014
  • American Bar Association, 1988 to Present
    • Torts and Insurance Practice Section, Section Council, 2013 – 2016
    • Torts and Insurance Practice Section Scope and Correlation Committee, 2012
    • Business Litigation Committee of Torts and Insurance Practices Section, Chair 2009 – 2010
    • Toxic and Hazardous Substances and Environmental Law, Torts and Insurance Practice Section, Vice-Chair, 1995 – 1996
  • South Carolina Bar, 1988 to Present
    • Board of Governors, 1997 – 1999
    • House of Delegates, 1997
    • Young Lawyers Division, President, 1996 – 1997
    • Chairman Long Range Planning Committee, 1994 – 1995
  • Charleston County Bar Association, Executive council, 2008-present
  • Appointed by Governor Mark Sanford as Commissioner on the South Carolina Commission on Indigent Defense, 2006-2007
  • Charleston Lawyers’ Club, President, 1995 – 1996

Civic Activities

  • Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, Small Business Advisory Committee, 1994
  • Downtown Kiwanis Club of Charleston, Board of Directors, 1995-1996, Member, 1991-2007
  • The Harbour Club, Special Events Committee, 1993-1995
  • Clowns’ Bazaar, Board of Directors, 1998-2007

Honors and Awards

  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© in the fields of Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law, Litigation - Insurance, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, 2006 – Present
  • Super Lawyers Honoree, 2010 - 2012, 2015 - 2018
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.

  • Securing a dismissal of Texas client in a multi-million dollar contractual dispute involving the sale of several radio stations in Houston, Texas.
  • South Carolina Supreme Court victory in favor of an international retailer, construing storm water regulations and water quality certification rules, enabling construction of a multi-million dollar superstore.
  • South Carolina Supreme Court victory in favor of an international retailer, upholding the land use decision of a local planning commission and recognizing the rights of county councils to re-zone and establish criteria for new projects.
  • Representation of a major chemical manufacturer as local counsel in the catastrophic loss caused by the Norfolk Southern train derailment in Graniteville, South Carolina.
  • Successful resolution of a challenge to sterility of eye-care solution after a series of patient infections in one South Carolina facility.
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Bar admissions

1988, South Carolina

Admitted to practice before:

  • South Carolina Supreme Court
  • United States District Court for the District of South Carolina

Education

  • 1991, International Association of Defense Counsel Trial Academy
  • J.D., 1988, University of South Carolina School of Law
    • 1986-1987, Staff Member, 1987-88, Associate Editor-in- Chief, University of South Carolina Law Review
    • Author of two survey articles, one on photographic evidence and the other on South Carolina Civil Procedure
    • Phi Delta Theta Legal Fraternity
  • B.A., 1982, Duke University
    • Dean’s List, 1979-1982
    • 3rd Place, 1980, National Contemporary Issues Debates, Duke University
    • 1981, Selection Chairman, Wellington House, an independent men’s house on main quadrangle
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