James M. Stanley, Jr.

OF COUNSEL

Raleigh Office

TEL (919) 873-0166

FAX (919) 873-1814

Jim graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY. Upon graduation, he served as a Lieutenant and Captain in the US Army and was stationed as a field artillery officer in Panama, Vietnam and Germany, which included an assignment to the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and Army Commendation Medal for meritorious service. Jim continued his service as an officer in the Army Reserves when he returned to his home state of Georgia to further his education. He earned his Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, and Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Georgia School of Law, where he was a member of the Georgia Law Review and the Order of the Coif. Jim moved to North Carolina immediately upon graduation to begin his legal career.

Jim’s legal experience includes serving in private practice, as in-house counsel for an insurance company, and as a government attorney with the NC Attorney General’s Office. His practice has primarily focused on civil litigation. Jim is an experienced trial attorney who has litigated over 100 cases to a jury verdict. He is a Board Certified Specialist in Appellate Practice and has been counsel in over 100 cases on appeal to the NC Supreme Court, NC Court of Appeals and the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Jim is also certified by the NC Dispute Resolution Commission as a Superior Court Mediator. His ability to effectively interpret the law has made him a steadfast advocate for his clients over the years.

While working for Integon Property & Casualty Insurance Companies in Winston-Salem, Jim advised the claims, underwriting and marketing departments on legal matters impacting those areas and oversaw selection and supervision of outside counsel to represent Integon’s insureds in claims litigation. In addition to his in-house insurance experience, Jim was in private practice as an insurance defense attorney for over 23 years prior to joining the NC Department of Justice.

Jim was an Assistant Attorney General and then a Special Deputy Attorney General for the NCDOJ. He advised the Secretary of Transportation and other Department of Transportation senior staff on legal issues impacting major public works projects. Jim tried numerous eminent domain cases on behalf of DOT and worked with a team of 10 trial attorneys that handled the statewide Transportation Corridor Official Map Act litigation, consisting of more than 500 cases.

North Carolina is now home to Jim and his family. He enjoys traveling to the Charlotte area where his two children (and their spouses), three grandchildren and sister all now reside. In his free time, Jim likes to spend time on the golf course, dine out and attend social events around Raleigh.

Support Team

Emma Cernansky, Legal Assistant

John Kong, Paralegal

Education

B.S., 1968, United States Military Academy

M.B.A., 1977, University of Georgia

J.D., 1977, University of Georgia

Admissions

North Carolina State Bar

United States Supreme Court

United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

United States District Court for the Eastern & Middle Districts of North Carolina

  • North Carolina State Bar
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • NC Association of Defense Attorneys
    • Former member of the Board of Directors
  • Former President of the Pitt County Bar Association
PROFILE

Jim graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY. Upon graduation, he served as a Lieutenant and Captain in the US Army and was stationed as a field artillery officer in Panama, Vietnam and Germany, which included an assignment to the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and Army Commendation Medal for meritorious service. Jim continued his service as an officer in the Army Reserves when he returned to his home state of Georgia to further his education. He earned his Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, and Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Georgia School of Law, where he was a member of the Georgia Law Review and the Order of the Coif. Jim moved to North Carolina immediately upon graduation to begin his legal career.

Jim’s legal experience includes serving in private practice, as in-house counsel for an insurance company, and as a government attorney with the NC Attorney General’s Office. His practice has primarily focused on civil litigation. Jim is an experienced trial attorney who has litigated over 100 cases to a jury verdict. He is a Board Certified Specialist in Appellate Practice and has been counsel in over 100 cases on appeal to the NC Supreme Court, NC Court of Appeals and the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Jim is also certified by the NC Dispute Resolution Commission as a Superior Court Mediator. His ability to effectively interpret the law has made him a steadfast advocate for his clients over the years.

While working for Integon Property & Casualty Insurance Companies in Winston-Salem, Jim advised the claims, underwriting and marketing departments on legal matters impacting those areas and oversaw selection and supervision of outside counsel to represent Integon’s insureds in claims litigation. In addition to his in-house insurance experience, Jim was in private practice as an insurance defense attorney for over 23 years prior to joining the NC Department of Justice.

Jim was an Assistant Attorney General and then a Special Deputy Attorney General for the NCDOJ. He advised the Secretary of Transportation and other Department of Transportation senior staff on legal issues impacting major public works projects. Jim tried numerous eminent domain cases on behalf of DOT and worked with a team of 10 trial attorneys that handled the statewide Transportation Corridor Official Map Act litigation, consisting of more than 500 cases.

North Carolina is now home to Jim and his family. He enjoys traveling to the Charlotte area where his two children (and their spouses), three grandchildren and sister all now reside. In his free time, Jim likes to spend time on the golf course, dine out and attend social events around Raleigh.

Support Team

Emma Cernansky, Legal Assistant

John Kong, Paralegal

Education

B.S., 1968, United States Military Academy

M.B.A., 1977, University of Georgia

J.D., 1977, University of Georgia

Admissions

North Carolina State Bar

United States Supreme Court

United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

United States District Court for the Eastern & Middle Districts of North Carolina

AREAS OF PRACTICE
PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • NC Association of Defense Attorneys
    • Former member of the Board of Directors
  • Former President of the Pitt County Bar Association