James A. Clark (“Jim”) began practicing law in 1999. Most of his experience is in litigation, representing clients in commercial disputes, “business divorce” (an insider’s term for a corporation, LLC or partnership break-up), copyright & trademark infringement, non-compete and non-disclosure lawsuits, as well as construction, real estate and insurance issues. Jim also handles estate cases such as contested wills and trusts, mental incompetency and many other issues. He’s tried cases in both State and Federal court, and is admitted in every US District and Bankruptcy Court in North Carolina. He’s been in many jury and bench trials, including lawsuits specially designated as complex litigation by the NC Supreme Court. He is also admitted to practice in the US Supreme Court and the US 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, and has handled a number of successful appeals in both State and Federal appellate courts.
Jim previously served as an attorney for a major NC city. There, he defended police officers in civil rights lawsuits and represented the city in zoning, annexation and many other cases unique to local governments. He also handled employment matters, and EEOC cases. And although much of Jim’s background involves litigation, he’s also handled quite a large variety of transactions including HR advice, PR, drafting government contracts, RFP’s, RFQ’s and grant applications, business and asset purchases, and regulatory compliance. Jim also deals with licensing issues involving engineers, realtors, accountants, and other professionals. Other attorneys have hired him to represent them in disciplinary matters before the State Bar.
Jim’s legal experience includes some uncommon work, too. He’s written State and local laws, lobbied State and Federal representatives, trained other attorneys and paralegals, taught police officers, and drafted major policies concerning some of the most difficult issues facing police departments. If all that experience wasn’t enough, his career includes handling personal injury and professional malpractice claims, family law matters and even white-collar criminal defense. He once defended a Clerk of Court accused of stealing a large quantity of drugs from a courthouse evidence vault.
Jim was born in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. A few months after his birth, his father retired from the Marine Corps and his parents moved to Columbus, Georgia where Jim grew up and went to college. He received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Columbus State University in 1989, and joined the Navy in 1990. Jim served for six years, ending his sea service in 1996 as the Combat Systems Supervisor aboard a coastal mine hunting ship, the USS Osprey. After an honorable discharge from the Navy, he attended law school at the University of Arkansas, graduating in 1999 and moving to North Carolina to be closer to family.
Jim is married to the former Lisa Vinsand of Ft. Dodge, Iowa. Lisa is a very talented medical sonographer who specializes in scanning pre-born babies for women in high-risk pregnancy categories, and she has worked with some of the most preeminent high-risk OB physicians in the world. Jim and Lisa live in Apex, NC and are very active members of Jordan Lutheran Church. In their spare time, Jim helps with charitable projects for the church, sings in the choir and plays drums, while Lisa serves in the Altar Guild and hosts the church coffee bar. They also enjoy spending time with their family and grandkids, college football, camping, traveling, cooking and wine tastings. Jim and Lisa share a hobby of historical reenacting as Revolutionary War era Hessians. Jim also portrays World War II military as a British Parachutist with the XXI Independent Parachute Company reenacting group, and as a US Navy sailor with the Living History Crew of the battleship USS North Carolina. He also puts his Navy experience to use by repairing and restoring the battleship for future generations.
- North Carolina
- United States 4th Circuit Court of Appeals
- United States Supreme Court
- Wake County Bar Association
- 10th Judicial District Bar Association