Jim Bryan has devoted his career to the zealous representation of his business litigation clients with integrity and the highest of ethical standards. Jim understands what it takes to win battles in the litigation trenches and in front of the jury. He has appeared in the federal and state courts of North Carolina including the North Carolina Business Court. His litigation practice concentrates on insurance coverage/bad faith, trucking industry defense, commercial disputes, lender liability, premises liability, environmental disputes and fiduciary trust litigation. He also has great familiarity with class actions, toxic and mass torts, and product liability.
As a leader in Nexsen Pruet, Jim is chair of its insurance litigation and insurance bad faith defense groups and co-chair of the firm's transportation and truck accident defense groups. He is one of the more senior members of the firm's Greensboro office and mentors younger attorneys and provides leadership for the office.
Jim is passionate about giving back to his profession and the community. He was President of the Greensboro Bar Association (2014-2015). He is Secretary/Treasurer and a master in the Guilford Inn of Court. He serves as Vice-Chair on the Section Council of the Insurance Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association and ran the section's annual CLE program in 2013 and 2014. He is chair of the Amicus Brief Committee of the Trucking Industry Defense Association and chair of the First Party Property Subcommittee of the Insurance Law Committee of the Defense Research Institute. Jim was program chair for the April 2013 Insurance Coverage and Claims Institute conference, one of the flagship programs of DRI's Insurance Law Committee. He has also been the program chair for environmental law conferences sponsored by the North Carolina Bar Association.
Jim is a frequent speaker at local, state and national conferences and seminars where attorneys attend for their continuing legal education requirements. Recent topics include ethics for litigators, truck accident defense, insurance coverage, evidence, insurance bad faith defense, and civil litigation. Sponsors of the programs have been the Greensboro and North Carolina Bar Associations, DRI, National Business Institute and Property Liability Resources Bureau.
Speaking & Writing
•Jim Bryan Elected President of the Greensboro Bar Association
August 4, 2014
•Recent NC and ABA Ethics Opinions (Adopted and Proposed) That In-House Counsel Should Know
June 25, 2014
•2014 NC Bar Association Insurance Law Section CLE
April 11, 2014
• Leader Spotlight - Jim Bryan
April 23, 2013
•Waiver of Right of Appraisal in Property Insurance Claims
July 29, 2013
•Rolling Out CSA 2010 - The New Motor Carrier Safety Compliance
July 1, 2010
•First-Party Property Insurance Law in North Carolina
December 2, 2013
•Fourth Circuit's Decision in Cargo Loss Case Should Be Wake-Up Call for Motor Carriers as to Limitation of Liability
February 27, 2014
Speaker/author of manuscript, “Top Five Nuisance Insurance Coverage Issues, Defense Research Institute's Insurance Law Committee conference; Chicago, April 2016
Speaker/author of manuscript, “Lessons Learned in a Four-Year Coverage Battle: Colony Insurance v. Peterson, ” North Carolina Bar Association's Insurance Law Section annual meeting//CLE, April 2015, as well as Program Chair of the same conference.
Author, Message from the President, Greensboro Bar Association monthly newsletter:
•January, February, March, April, 2015
•September, October, November, December, 2014
Author, “ Case Law Developments, ” Insurance Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association newsletter, March 2014.
Author, Case Law Developments, Insurance Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association newsletter, December 2015.
Author, “ Fourth Circuit's Decision in Cargo Loss Case Should Be Wake-Up Call for Motor Carriers as to Limitation of Liability, ” Trucking Industry Defense Association, quarterly e-newsletter, February 2014.
Co-author, North Carolina chapter of DRI's 50-State Compendium of Reservation of Rights, December 2013.
Speaker/Author of manuscript, “Targeting Insurance: Coverage Issues In Firearms and Self-Defense Claims, ” Defense Research Institute's Insurance Law Committee conference, December 2013 and at the national claims conference of the Property Liability Resource Bureau, March 2015.
Co-author, “ First Party Property Insurance Law in North Carolina, ” inaugural issue of the e-newsletter Insurance Law of the Insurance Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association, November 27, 2013.
Speaker, “2012 North Carolina Insurance Law Update”, North Carolina Bar Association's annual CLE review, Grandover Resort in Greensboro, October 11, 2013
Author, Waiver of Right of Appraisal in Property Insurance Claims, Defense Research Institute's Covered Events Newsletter, July 2013
Program Chair, Defense Research Institute's Insurance Coverage and Claims Institute Conference, Chicago, April 2013
Speaker/Author of manuscript - Ethical Considerations During Litigation, Annual Meeting of the Environmental Law Section of North Carolina Bar Association, Wilmington, NC, April 2013
Speaker/Author of manuscript - When Lenders Come Knocking - How to Assess a Lender's Claim Under Personal Lines Policies, Defense Research Institute's Insurance Coverage and Claims Institute Conference, Chicago, April 2012
Speaker/Author of manuscript - Protecting the Insurer's Internal Communications From Discovery in Bad Faith Actions, Defense Research Institute's Bad Faith Conference, Washington D.C., June 2011
Webinar Speaker - Right to Independent Counsel: Emerging Issues - Resolving Policyholder and Insurer Disputes Over Selection of Counsel, Strafford Publications, July 2011
Speaker/Author of manuscript - Certificates of Insurance: Avoiding Bad Faith, Property Liability Resource Bureau, Sacramento, California, Nov. 2011
Co-author, Bad Faith in Absence of Breach of Contract? featured in For the Defense magazine, a publication of the Defense Research Institute.
Speaker, Observations from the Trenches of Truck Wreck Litigation, N.C. Trucking Association webinar, May 3, 2011.
Author, Debunking Lost Future Earnings Damages, The Transportation Lawyer, February 2011
Author, Property Insurance Policies: The Covered Causes of Loss and Excluded Perils , Exploring Property Insurance and Construction Law Issues, Defense Research Institute, June 2010.
Jim Bryan and Dennis Lynch co-authored an article entitled Rolling Out CSA 2010 - The New Motor Carrier Safety Compliance for The DefenseLine. The DefenseLine is the quarterly publication of the South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys' Association.
On May 19, 2010, Jim Bryan filed an amicus curiae brief in a case pending before the North Carolina Supreme Court on behalf of the Trucking Industry Defense Association. On October 8, the State Supreme Court adopted the position argued in the brief and reversed the court of appeals decision. Read the opinion here.
Co-Author, Duty to Settle Third Party Claims, Property Loss Research Bureau/Liability Insurance Research Bureau, National Claims Convention, San Antonio, March 2010
The Nuts and Bolts of Declaratory Judgement Actions , presented at the North Carolina Bar Association's Insurance Law Update CLE, Grandover Resort, Greensboro, North Carolina, November 6, 2009
Right to Independent Counsel?, Coverage Magazine, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee of American Bar Association's Section of Litigation, Vol. 19, No. 3, May/June 2009
Umbrella Policies: The Duty to Drop Down, Property Loss Research Bureau/Liability Loss Research Bureau, National Claims Convention, Seattle, March 2009
Co-Author, Who's Responsible for Financial Responsibility?, Defense Research Institute's Trucking Law Committee, In-Transit, August 2007. The article features a recent NC Court of Appeals decision which held that a liability policy for a commercial vehicle automatically provides minimum of $750, 000 of coverage, despite the owner requesting and paying for lesser coverage.
Co-Author, Amicus Curiae brief in the Supreme Court of North Carolina on behalf of the Trucking Industry Defense Association, North Carolina Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company, Inc., v. Terry Davis Armwood, Jr.; Et al., April 2007
Co-Author, Amicus Curiae brief on behalf of the Trucking Industry Defense Association in the case, Lamson & Sessions Co. v. ATS Logistics Services, Inc., November 2006
Co-Author, North Carolina Chapter in the Defense Research Institute's Insurance Bad Faith: A Compendium of State Law (2006)
Contracts and Insurance Protections for Motor Carriers, National Tank Truck Carriers Association, Board of Directors Meeting, August 2004
Co-Author, North Carolina Chapter in the American Law Firm Association's A Fifty-State Reference of Significant Case and Statutory Law Related to Life, Accident and Health Insurance Claims and Litigation (2003 Edition)
Author, Just Exactly Where is That Petroleum Contamination Coming From?, Environmental News, North Carolina Bar Association, 2003
Author, Hold Harmless, Indemnity, Subrogation and Additional Insured Insurance in Transportation Contracts , Annual Meeting, National Tank Truck Carriers Association, April, 2003
Author, Brownfields Agreements: A Prospective Developer's Road to Success , Environmental News, Vol. 13, No. 2, March, 2002
Auto Exclusion in General Liability Insurance Policies, For the Defense, Vol. 43, No. 12, December, 2001
Author, The Saga Over MTBE Continues, Takes New Turn , Environmental News, Vol. 13, No. 1, December, 2001
Author, A Lesson in Avoiding Liability on the Internet , BizLife Magazine, March, 2001
A Practical Guide to Federal Court Rules and Procedures in North Carolina, National Business Institute, June, 2000
Insurance Coverage Laws in North Carolina, National Business Institute, June, 1996
Damages Recoverable in Commercial Cases and Their Proof, Commercial Litigation in North Carolina Handbook, Law Practice Handbooks, 1995
Outside Nexsen Pruet
You can find Jim on the tennis courts on weekends and weekday nights, singles or doubles. His USTA 50-and-over seniors team, 4.5 division, won the 2012 state championship. Jim can no longer keep up with his 21-year-old son who is on UNC-G's Men's Division 1 team, but that is as it should be. Jim and his son won the father-son invitational in Charlotte, open division, in May 2016. Sports has always been a big part of Jim's life. High-level volleyball used to be his thing. He played in the USVBA national championships in 1983, 1985 and 1990. He retired in 1994 after his Greensboro team won the state championship and he was named MVP. He even played Junior Varsity soccer at UNC-Chapel Hill his freshman year.
Jim came down south for college and never left. He was born and raised in Connecticut and most of his siblings and parents still live up north. Family reunions in Maine and New Hampshire have re-connected Jim with his past. Jim's wife of 27 years and two sons look forward to the pilgrimage up north every other year.
The most unusual thing you may not know about Jim is that his great great great great great grandfather signed the U.S. Constitution for North Carolina in 1788 - Richard Dobbs Spaight. Jim did not know this until he came to UNC and saw a plaque about Spaight on the wall of Memorial Auditorium his freshman year.