Jim is a partner in the Charlotte office and leads Womble Bond Dickinson’s 40-lawyer Financial Services Litigation Team. He was the Practice Group Leader of the Firm’s 90-lawyer Business Litigation Practice Group from 1996-1998 and again from 2006-2012. Resolving complex business disputes has been the focus of Jim's practice since joining Womble in 1985. In addition to his many years of litigation experience, including over 50 jury trials, Jim brings a keen understanding of alternate dispute resolution techniques to his clients' problems. He served on the North Carolina Bar Association's Committee (now section) which designed and implemented North Carolina's court-annexed dispute resolution process, and he currently serves on the Council of the Dispute Resolution Section of the NC Bar Association. He has actively participated in the work of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution, studying dispute resolution in the construction and financial services industries. Jim has represented clients in hundreds of mediations and arbitrations and is now certified as a mediator in North Carolina, specializing in complex business disputes and class actions. Jim brings to bear a complete arsenal of techniques and skills for evaluating and solving business disputes in an efficient and cost-effective manner.

In recent years, Jim’s practice has centered on the representation of financial institutions in a broad range of matters arising out of the 2008 financial crisis. He has frequently represented clients in class actions and multidistrict litigation of antitrust, unfair competition, wage and hour and securities fraud claims, numerous corporate and partnership control disputes representing both majority and minority interests, commercial contract disputes for a wide variety of business clients in the United States and abroad, and conducting internal corporate investigations. Jim's interest in constitutional rights litigation continues, primarily on behalf of local governmental bodies.

    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.

    • National-Alamo Car Rental System, USA, LLC v. Alaska Sales & Service, Inc., et al., No. 2:17-cv-01220 (United States District Court, D.S.C. (represent national car rental company in litigation against various franchisees)
    • Giabourani v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., No. 2:12-CV-42 (US Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit) (Represented bank in obtaining summary judgment in the US District Court on all claims of lender liability arising out of the marketing, sale and financing of resort property in Western NC; aff’d 11/14/16 2016 WL 6677634)
    • Guilford County, ex rel. Thigpen v. Lender Processing Services, Inc. et al (NC Business Court) (Represent major national bank in defense of claims of Register of Deeds relating to “robo-signing” and improper utilization of MERS) (Motion to dismiss all claims granted)
    • Hamilton Country Club, LLC, et al. v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. (US District Court, WDNC) (Represent client in claims arising out of an interest rate swap transaction)
    • Adams, et al. v. Wachovia Bank, N.A., et al. (US District Court, EDNC) (Represented client in a mass action by 150+ Plaintiffs arising out of the marketing, sale and financing of coastal resort properties in NC and SC)

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    Contact information

    +1 704.331.4908
    jim.cooley@wbd-us.com
    +1 704.338.7820

    Bar admissions

    1973, North Carolina

    Admitted to practice before:

    • United States Eastern, Middle and Western District Courts of North Carolina
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
    • United States Supreme Court

    Education

    • J.D., 1973, University of North Carolina School of Law
      • Member, Associate Justice, Holderness Moot Court
      • Member, National Moot Court Team
      • North Carolina Law Review; Union Theological Seminary (N.Y.), 1969-70, Rockefeller Brothers Fellow
    • B.A., 1969, Davidson College
      • cum laude
      • Phi Beta Kappa
      • McConnell Scholar