James A. Davis is a Board Certified Specialist in Federal and State Criminal Law with a trial practice in criminal, domestic, and general litigation. Issue Planning Editor of the Law Review at Regent University, Mr. Davis has served on the North Carolina State Bar Specialization Criminal Law Committee and the North Carolina State Bar Board of Continuing Legal Education, lectures at criminal and family law CLEs, and is regularly designated by the Capital Defender as lead counsel in capital murders. Born and raised in Rowan County, NC, and the father of four children, Mr. Davis has been involved in a number of civic and community leadership positions.
Honors and Awards:
- Selected to "North Carolina Super Lawyers" (2017 and 2009); one of the "Top 100 Trial Lawyers" by The National Trial Lawyers (2017); one of the "Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorneys" in North Carolina by National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys (2014); "Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers" in North Carolina by the American Society of Legal Advocates (2015 and 2014); and "10 Best" Family Law Attorneys for Client Satisfaction in North Carolina by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys (2014); Recipient of Am Jur Awards (top student) in Legal Research and Writing I, Torts I, and Family Law; the Academic Work of Distinction in the Family/Estate Field; the Beasley Scholarship; and the Faculty Recognition Award for Most Improved Student in law school at Regent University. Selected Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges and recipient of the Salisbury YMCA Distinguished Service Award (2002); Salisbury YMCA Oustanding Leadership Award (1996); Outstanding Young Men of America (1987); and Jaycees Distinguished Service Award (1982).
- Board Certified Specialist in State Criminal Law (2001 to present); and Board Certified Specialist in Federal and State Criminal Law (2002 to present).
- NC State Bar Board of Continuing Legal Education/Accreditation Committee Chair (2010-2016); Faculty Presenter on "Experts, Emails, and Evidence for the Family Law Practitioner" (2016); "Modified Wymore for Non-Capital Cases" (2016); "Confronting the State's Expert" (2016); "Challenging the State's Expert" (2016); "Rule 702: Tricks of the Trade in Domestic Litigation" (2015); "Daubert and Challenges to Expert Testimony" (2015); "Expert Evidence: Master the Rule, Fun Facts, and Tips for Cross" (2015); "Challenging Admissibility of Expert Testimony Under Rule of Evidence 702" (2015); "Strategies for Limiting State's Expert Testimony: Rule 702, Strategies, and a Case Study" (2015); "Stopping Extrapolation, Using Experts, and Exposing Problems with HGN" (2015); "A New Day: Challenging, Admitting, and Examining Experts Under New Rule 702" (2014); "Nuggets for Your Trial Tool Box" (2014); "Challenging the State's Expert Under New Rule 702(a)" (2014); Faculty Presenter on "Practice Tips for the Family Law Attorney" (2013), "DWI Defense: Making Sense of the Maze: A Checklist" (2012), "Practical Evidence and Trial Practice Pointers" (2011, 2009 and 2008), "Motions to Suppress: Statements, Property, and Identification" (2010), "Third Party Intervention in Custody Actions" (2010), and "Judicial Independence" (2009), at CLE Seminars/Symposiums; Faculty for the North Carolina Bar Association Foundation, Inc. (2015); North Carolina Advocates for Justice (2014); Public Defender Attorney and Investigator Conference (2014); Cabarrus County Bar CLE (2014); Rowan County Bar CLE (2013 through 2008); and School of Government Regional Training for Criminal Defenders I: Trial Preparation (2010) and Regional Training for Criminal Defenders II (2010); NC State Bar Board of Legal Specialization/Criminal Law Speciality Committee (2003-2007); Oral argument at the NC Court of Appeals; Past President of District 19C Bar; and Young Lawyers Division Citizenship Education Committee.
Pro bono/Community Service:
- Past Board of Directors for Rowan Helping Ministries; past Board of Directors for Salisbury YMCA; past Deacon and Secretary of Board of Deacons at First Baptist Church of Salisbury, NC; past Sunday School Teacher at First Baptist Church of Salisbury, NC; past Assistant Wrestling Coach at North Rowan High School; past Gra-Y Youth Sport Coach; past Rowan Little League Coach; past Salisbury Parks and Recreation Youth Basketball Coach; and current J.F. Hurley Family YMCA Boy's Basketball Coach.
Scholarly Lectures and Writings:
- Stopping Extrapolation Using Experts, and Exposing Problems with HGN (2015); A New Day: Challenging, Admitting, and Examining Experts Under New Rule 702 (2014); Nuggets for Your Trial Tool Box (2014); Challenging the State's Expert Under New Rule 702(a) (2014); Practice Tips for the Family Law Attorney (2013); DWI Defense: Making Sense of the Maze: A Checklist (2012); Practical Evidence and Trial Practice Pointers (2011, 2009, and 2008); Motions to Suppress: Statements, Property, and Identification (2010); and Third Party Intervention in Custody Actions (2010).