Tracy Thompson James: Lawyer with Nexsen Pruet, LLC

Tracy Thompson James

Tracy Vann is a litigator practicing with the firm's Construction Group in Charlotte and in Columbia.

Columbia,  SC  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Business Disputes
  • Construction Law
  • Construction
  • Real Estate Law
  • Insurance
University Furman University, B.A., 2002
Law SchoolWake Forest University School of Law, J.D., 2005
Admitted2006, South Carolina; 2006, North Carolina; United States District Court For the District of South Carolina; United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina; United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina; United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina; United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit

Civic & Professional Memberships

•Out of State Delegate, South Carolina Bar Association House of Delegates
•South Carolina Bar, Young Lawyers Division
•Chair, South Carolina Bar Construction Law Section
•York County Bar Association
•Mecklenburg County Bar Association
•Chairman of the Board, Keystone Substance Abuse Services of York County
•President, Junior Welfare League of York County
•Member of the Board, Early Learning Partnership
•Member of the Advisory Board, Haven Homeless Men's Shelter
•Member of the Board, Old Town Association, Inc.


Tracy Thompson James practices with the firm's Construction Group in Charlotte. Tracy represents owners, contractors and design professionals on a wide variety of matters throughout South Carolina and North Carolina, including:

•Contract drafting, review, and negotiation;
•Delay, scheduling and/or change in scope claims;
•Construction or design defects;
•Insurance and indemnity agreements;
•Accounts Collection, Mechanic's Lien, and Payment/Performance Bond Claims;
•Surety Agreements.

She has also represented clients in state and federal courts on matters related to insurance, real property and commercial landlord/tenant litigation. Additionally, Ms. James assists clients with mediation, arbitration and in negotiating pre-litigation compromises. Ms. James practiced previously with Hamilton Martens Ballou & Carroll in Rock Hill, SC.

Practical and down to earth, Tracy comes from a long line of developers, so Construction Law is a natural fit. She explains, I love the clients, and the boots on the ground aspect of it all. I get to deal with hardworking, real people, who are building and developing infrastructure, which improves the economy and the community we live in. My clients work on short time frames, with complex deadlines and demands, and I get to be a part of trying to make sure all the pieces of the puzzle come together in an efficient and economical manner. At the end of the day, the goal is to walk away with new infrastructure, additional jobs, payment for local business and suppliers. I get to use practical knowledge and my knowledge of the industry and the law to help accomplish it all. Who wouldn't love that?

Related News

Nexsen Pruet Expands Construction Practice; Tracy Vann Joins Charlotte Office
March 12, 2013
Nexsen Pruet Attorneys Recognized By Peers; Twenty-Eight Named to 2013 Super Lawyers List for South Carolina
April 30, 2013
Tracy Vann Receives President's Award from South Carolina Bar's Young Lawyers Division; Elected Chair of Construction Law Section
July 23, 2013
Negotiating Construction Equipment Leases, Getting Beyond the Battle of the Forms
July 17, 2013
Three Nexsen Pruet Attorneys Elected to S.C. Bar House of Delegates
March 24, 2014


•President's Award recipient, SC Bar Association, 2013
•Chair, 2013 NC/SC Bar Construction Section Conference
•16th Circuit Representative, SC Young Lawyer's Division
•Diversity fellow, ABA Forum on the Construction Industry
•Editor and Author, South Carolina Construction Law Deskbook, 1st Ed., 2013
•Top 20 under 30, Herald Newspaper, Rock Hill, SC
•Law Clerk for the Honorable John C. Hayes, Sixteenth Judicial Circuit Court
•South Carolina Super Lawyer Rising Star in Construction Litigation (2013)
•North Carolina Super Lawyer Rising Star in Construction Litigation (2014)

Outside Nexsen Pruet

A bulldog in the Courtroom, outside the Courtroom Tracy is anything but. Originally from the Chesapeake Bay region of Maryland, Tracy loves the outdoors and anything involving the water. On the weekends you will regularly find her with her two dogs, Brody (Yellow Lab) and Cooper (Boykin spaniel - pictured) on the lake. When she isn't offshore fishing, casually cruising around the lake, or enjoying the sunset from her back deck, or better yet, a Dock Bar, you'll find her running, shopping, reading a good book, or sipping a good glass of wine.

In addition to practicing Construction Law, and various writing and speaking engagements, Tracy tries to stay active in the local community. She is currently serving on various boards of directors, including serving as President of the Junior Welfare League; Chair of Keystone Substance Abuse Services; and Advisory Member to the Haven Homeless Men's Shelter Board.

Speaking & Writing

• Termination for Convenience Clauses in the Private Arena: Traps Every Construction Practitioner Should Know If you do a thesaurus search of the word termination, you'll find: extinction, annihilation, execution, slaughter, and massacre. It is no wonder then, that when a contractor it told he is being terminated from a project, words of the four letter variety are quickly flying about the room and you are receiving messages from your secretary that your client has called four times, insists it is urgent and is inquiring can they really do that?
• Negotiating Construction Equipment Leases, Getting Beyond the Battle of the Forms Attorneys Lawrence Melton and Tracy James co-authored an article for South Carolina Construction News magazine entitled, Negotiating Construction Equipment Leases; Getting Beyond the Battle of the Forms.
•Construction Law CLE - Mechanic's Liens & Payment Statutes, South Carolina Bar Convention, January 2012
•Webinar - Termination for Convenience Clauses, International Association for Contract and Commercial Management (IACCM), June 2013
•Editor and Author, South Carolina Construction Law Deskbook, 1st Ed.
•Program Coordinator, Construction Law CLE, How to Try and Not Try a Construction Defects Case, SC Bar Convention, January 2014
•Program Coordinator, Construction Law Conference, Time to Pull the Plug: When to Advise the Client to Terminate, ABA Forum on the Construction Industry Annual Conference, April 2014, New Orleans, LA
•Speaker, What Every South Carolina Lawyer Needs to Know about North Carolina Construction Law, SC Bar Construction Law CLE, September 2014
•Program Coordinator, Construction Law Conference, You Can't Take My Equipment - Extraordinary Times Call for Extraordinary Measures, ABA Forum on the Construction Industry Annual Conference, April 2015, Chicago, IL (Also at Charlotte, North Carolina Office)

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Tracy Thompson James

1230 Main Street, Suite 700
ColumbiaSC 29201


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