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James C. Smith

Senior Counsel

  • (T) 704.338.5352
  • (F) 704.805.4731

Jim is a veteran trial lawyer who assists clients with virtually all aspects of commercial litigation and arbitration. 

He is skilled in a wide range of matters, including:

  • Contract disputes
  • Business torts
  • Corporate litigation
  • Shareholder disputes
  • Construction litigation and arbitration
  • Commercial arbitration
  • Securities litigation
  • Commercial arbitration
  • Insurance coverage litigation 
  • Bankruptcy litigation
  • Tax litigation

He has significant first-chair trial experience, working in both state and federal courts, and has conducted arbitrations related to a wide range of issues.

He is also an experienced commercial arbitrator, having served on the American Arbitration Association Panel of Neutrals for the past ten years.  He has represented clients in numerous domestic and international arbitration matters.  Additionally, Jim is a Certified Mediator.


  • Vanderbilt University Law School, J.D., 1975
  • Dartmouth College, B.A., 1968
Bar Admissions
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States Courts of Appeals for the Second and Fourth Circuits
  • United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of North Carolina
  • United States District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York
  • North Carolina
  • New York
Civic & Professional Memberships
  • American Bar Association: Litigation Section
  • American Arbitrators Association – Member, AAA Commercial Arbitration Panel of Neutral Arbitrators
  • North Carolina Bar Association: Section of Dispute Resolution, Section of Litigation
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Association: Litigation Section, Past Chairman; Continuing Legal Education Committee, Member
  • Certified Mediator - North Carolina
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America for Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Construction, Litigation - Mergers & Acquisitions and Litigation - Securities, since 2005
  • Included in the North Carolina Super Lawyers® list for Business Litigation since 2006; listed for Alternative Dispute Resolution since 2018
  • American Inns of Court, William H. Bobbitt Chapter – Past President
  • Martindale-Hubbell "AV" Preeminent Peer Review Rated 


  • Speaker, Nexsen Pruet's Litigation CLE Series: Arbitration: From Start to Finish, February 12, 2019

A litigator with a sense of humor

When alternative dispute resolution became popular, Jim-the-no-holds-barred-litigator had to get his thrills by raising crocodiles in his home. (The part about ADR isn't true, but he did raise crocs.)

Jim has now decided to pursue more mainstream relaxation. He enjoys golf, and would like to improve his game. He is also an avid traveller and relishes time to slow down with a good book.

Jim Smith main bio photoJim Smith outside NP photo