James C. Smith: Lawyer with Nexsen Pruet, LLC

James C. Smith

Charlotte,  NC  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Litigation
  • Business Disputes
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Chemistry, Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical
University Dartmouth College, B.A., 1968
Law SchoolVanderbilt University Law School, J.D., 1975
Admitted1976, New York; 1978, North Carolina; 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

Civic & Professional Memberships

•American Bar Association: Forum Committee on the Construction of Industry; Section of Dispute Resolution; Section of International Law; Disputes Division - International Commercial Dispute Resolution & Committee International Litigation
•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


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
•Commercial arbitration
•Securities litigation
•Insurance coverage litigation
•Bankruptcy 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.

Jim is a leader in the legal community, currently serving as chairman of Litigation Section of the Mecklenburg County Bar Association. He is past president of the William H. Bobbitt Chapter of the American Inns of Court.


•Listed in Best Lawyers in America since 2005 for Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Construction, Litigation - Mergers & Acquisitions, Litigation - Securities
• Lawyer of the Year for Litigation-Mergers and Acquisitions, 2015
•Listed in North Carolina Super Lawyers for Business Litigation, 2006-2015
•American Inns of Court, William H. Bobbitt Chapter - Past President

Outside Nexsen Pruet

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.


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James C. Smith

227 W. Trade St., Ste. 1550
CharlotteNC 28202


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