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Over Thirty Years as a Trial Lawyer

Jim Roberts is a founding partner of Lewis & Roberts. In a career spanning over thirty years, Jim has been consistently recognized as one of the state’s most accomplished trial lawyers.  Jim has successfully handled complex, high-profile cases ranging from catastrophic personal injury to complex financial fraud. He has represented clients in state and federal courts throughout North Carolina and the Southeast, as well as nationally.

Jim has obtained numerous multi-million dollar recoveries in both state and federal courts, including one of the largest jury verdicts for wrongful death in Johnston County, North Carolina. Throughout his career, Jim has dedicated himself to helping his clients resolve disputes by preparing and taking cases to trial. He has been recognized by both his peers and his adversaries as a zealous and tireless advocate for his clients.

Selected Recoveries:

Jim represented six Iraqi families against Blackwater/Xe Services for the infamous September 16, 2007 shootings in Baghdad, Iraq which were described as a massacre of innocent civilians. He also defended actor Jean-Claude Van Damme when the actor was sued by an extra after being struck in the eye during the filming of a movie in North Carolina.

When a forty-one-year-old worker fell to his death due to an inadequately designed scaffold, leaving behind a widow and two small children, Jim successfully prosecuted a products liability action against the out-of-state company which sold the defective scaffold.

When an eighty-year-old North Carolina tobacco farmer lost his entire life savings due to the unlawful conduct of a dishonest investment advisor, Jim successfully prosecuted a claim on behalf of the farmer and recovered his client’s money.

When a minority shareholder suffered damages due to the wrongful conduct of the majority shareholders of the company, Jim successfully obtained a $3.75 million recovery for the minority shareholder following a five-week jury trial.

The above cases are but a few examples of the diverse and complex matters which Jim has successfully handled on behalf of his clients. A more comprehensive listing of Jim’s experience and recoveries can be viewed under the Experience and Writings & Recoveries tabs above.

Today, Jim’s practice is concentrated in the areas of business torts, investment fraud, qui tam, shareholder litigation, class actions, serious personal injury and construction and surety litigation.

Selected Honors:

He has been named as one of the Best Lawyers in America in the practice areas of commercial litigation, personal injury litigation, bet-the-company litigation and construction law. Additional honors and accolades include being named in Super Lawyers magazine – an honor limited to 5% of all attorneys statewide. He was also recognized in Super Lawyers as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in North Carolina and one of the Top 25 Lawyers in Raleigh.  He has been rated as “preeminent” in his field by obtaining the highest peer review rating available (AV) from Martindale-Hubbell®. In 2004, Business North Carolina magazine named him the top construction trial attorney in the state. He was elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates (“ABOTA”), a national association of experienced trial lawyers and judges dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the civil jury trial system. Membership in ABOTA is by invitation only, requiring a demonstrated record of trial experience, as well as an honorable reputation.

Jim has lectured on a variety of topics related to trial advocacy such as effective deposition techniques, trial strategies and jury selection.

Jim is a graduate of Wake Forest University (B.A. cum laude) and Wake Forest University School of Law. He is married to Annie Roberts and has five children. He and Annie are active members of Edenton Street United Methodist Church.

Education
  • Wake Forest University School of Law, Winston Salem, North Carolina
    • Doctor of Jurisprudence, J.D. - 1982
  • Wake Forest University, Winston Salem, North Carolina
    • B.A. cum laude - 1979
    • Major: History
    • Kappa Sigma Fraternity 
Bar and Court Admissions
  • North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court Western District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of North Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit

Representative Cases

  • Roane-Barker v. Southeastern Hospital Supply Corporation, 99 N.C.App. 30, 392 S.E.2d 663 (1990)
  • Rodger v. Electronic Data Systems Corporation, 155 F.R.D. 537 (E.D.N.C. 1994)
  • Rodger v. Electronic Data Systems Corporation, 160 F.R.D. 532 (E.D.N.C. 1995)
  • Sunset Beach Development. LLC v. AMEC. Inc.. et al., 2009 W.L. 910166 (N.C. App. 2009)

Representative Clients

  • Roane v. Southeastern Hospital Supply Corporation, 99 N.C. App. 30, 392 S.E.2d 663 (1990)
  • Rodger v. Electronic Data Systems Corporation, 155 F.R.D. 537 (E.D.N.C. 1994)
  • Rodger v. Electronic Data Systems Corporation, 160 F.R.D. 532 (E.D.N.C. 1995)
  • Sunset Beach Development, LLC v. AMEC. Inc. et al., 2009 W.L. 910166 (N.C. App. 2009)
  • Thompson v. Hendrickson, (N.C. Business Court, 08 CvS 12734, Wake County) - Jury Verdict for Fraud and Breach of Fiduciary Duty, April 2, 2010
  • Marlowe v. Carolina Thomas, LLC, (Johnston County Superior Court, 08 CvS 2100) - Jury Verdict of $2 Million for Wrongful Death, October 22, 2010

Past Employments Positions

  • Maupin Taylor & Ellis, P.A., Partner, 1982 - 1996

Notable Cases

Verdicts and Settlements

Selected Client Recoveries

  • North Carolina Lawyers Weekly Top Verdicts & Settlements (2010) - Investment Advisor Fraud/Negligence - $18.5 Million
  • Special Master Recovery (2008) - Arising Out of Action Against "Big Four" Accounting Firm and West Coast Hedge Fund Alleging Fraudulent Sale of "Investment and Tax Strategy" Product - $12 Million
  • North Carolina Lawyers Weekly Top Verdicts & Settlements (2008) - Investment Fraud Recovery - $6.75 Million
  • North Carolina Lawyers Weekly Top Verdicts & Settlements (2012) - Highway Claim Against North Carolina Department of Transportation on Behalf of General Contractor - $6.75 Million
  • North Carolina Lawyers Weekly Top Verdicts & Settlements (2003) - Represented NASDAQ Company in Auditor Malpractice Action - $3.75 Million
  • Minority Shareholder Action (2000); Recovery Following Five-Week Jury Trial - $3.75 Million
  • Workplace Injury & Paraplegia - $3.5 Million
  • Construction Claim by General Contractor for Additional Compensation on Jail Product (2002) - $3.28 Million Recovery
  • Confidential Wrongful Death and Personal Injury - $2.85 Million
  • Wrongful Death & Dump Truck Accident - $2.45 Million
  • Workplace Injury, Product Defect & Wrongful Death - $2 Million Verdict
  • Product Defect, Workplace Injury & Wrongful Death - $2 Million
  • Confidential Business Fraud/Deceptive Trade Practice - $1.5 Million
  • Claim for Wrongful Death Arising From Nursing Home Abuse (2003) - $750,000 Recovery

Published Works

  • Business North Carolina - "Arbitration of Business Disputes: friend or foe?"
  • Business North Carolina - "Business Plaintiffs: Not an Oxymoron."

Classes/Seminars

  • Jury Selection Techniques, North Carolina Judicial Conference
  • Taking Effective Depositions, Lorman Education Services
Honors and Awards
  • Named as one of the Best Lawyers in America - in the practice areas of Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation, Bet-the-Company Litigation and Construction Law
  • Named as one of The Best Lawyers in America
  • Named as a Member of "North Carolina's Legal Elite" by Business North Carolina Magazine
  • Named as the State's leading construction trial attorney by Business North Carolina Magazine, 2004
  • Named as one of North Carolina's "Super Lawyers"
  • Named as one of North Carolina's Top 100 Lawyers in Super Lawyers Magazine
  • Martindale-Hubbell "AV" (Highest) Rated
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, 2010-2015
Professional Associations & Memberships:
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice

 

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