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James W. Whalen



James Whalen represents governmental clients, individuals, and businesses in all stages of litigation. Before joining Brooks Pierce, James served in the Office of the North Carolina Solicitor General, where he assisted in high profile litigation in the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Courts of Appeals, and state appellate courts. He has argued cases in the North Carolina Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. He leverages this experience and his background as a federal law clerk to inform his case strategy and assist his clients in state and federal court.

My Practices

  • James frequently works with teams that represent state agencies and officers, public colleges and universities, municipalities, utilities, and other governmental and quasi-governmental clients.

  • James helps businesses of all sizes navigate everything from routine legal issues to large, complex business litigation.

  • James leverages his experience as an appellate advocate to guide litigation at the trial level and develop compelling arguments on appeal.   



Law Clerk to the Honorable Loretta C. Biggs, U.S. Court District Court for the Middle District of NC, 2021-2022


University of North Carolina School of Law, J.D., 2021, with high honors; Order of the Coif; Chancellor’s Scholar; Articles Editor, North Carolina Law Review

University of North Carolina at Asheville, B.A., 2015, cum laude; Student Body President


North Carolina

U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina


Professional & Civic

Professional & Civic Activities

Board member, North Carolina Voter Project (2023-present)

Committee member, Jonesboro United Methodist Church staff-parish relations committee

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    114 attorneys with the highest standard of professional and personal excellence
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    74 of our attorneys are recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 Guide
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