James obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration with concentration in Trust Management from Campbell University in May, 1986. Prior to attending law school, James was a Personal Banker and Assistant Branch Manager with Wachovia Bank. He then obtained his Juris Doctor degree in 1990 from Samford University, Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Alabama. After working with another law firm for approximately two years, James started his own law firm in 1993, representing clients in almost every county of North Carolina.
Vann Attorneys currently has attorneys who handle creditors’ rights, unmanned aircraft systems, construction litigation, landlord-tenant law, contract law, business planning, business succession, estate planning, business formation, non-profit association work and civil litigation matters.
James’ law practice concentrates on creditors’ rights, unmanned aircraft systems, business law and planning and succession, civil commercial litigation, estate planning and business succession planning. Through his family business, James learned at an early age the value of sound business judgment and values. When representing his clients, James strives to consider business and economic issues, as well as the legal issues.
Member of the N.C. Bar Association
Member and Past Chair of the Law Practice Management Section of the NCBA Business Law Section, Construction Law Section, and Real Property Section
Member of the Bench/Bar Liaison Committee of the NCBA
Member of the North Carolina Creditor’s Bar Association
Member and Board of Director for CFDD Raleigh-Chapter
Former Board of Director and Chairman of the Board of NACM Carolinas, Inc.
James and his family are active in life of their church. He has served in various roles including as a Deacon, former Chair of the Diaconate, Student Sunday School Teacher, Men’s Monday Night Bible Study Facilitator, and other areas of service.
James has been involved in the YMCA of the Triangle since 1992 and has been an active leader and former Chair of the “We Build People” campaign which raises money to assist children and families in attending camps, learning opportunities and other activities within the YMCA. James currently has the privilege of serving as the Past Chair of the Alexander Family YMCA Board of Advisors. He serves on Christian Leadership Committee for the Triangle YMCA and other volunteer committees.
James is active with the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce. He is a graduate of Leadership Raleigh, former Chair of Leadership Raleigh 24 and Former Chair of Leadership Raleigh Alumni. He has served as the Co-Chair for the Small Business Section of the Chamber. He also has served on their Board of Directors for the Raleigh Chamber. James was fortunate to “marry-up” when he met Laura. James and his wife have two fantastic children who they love dearly!
James is an active member in church serving and having served in various roles of leadership. He also is an active participant and past Chair of the “We Build People” campaign for the Alexander Family YMCA in Raleigh. The “We Build People” campaign raises money to assist children and families with a variety of needs by providing positive influences, mentors, education, camp experiences, etc for the families. James also enjoying running, bicycling and spending time with his beautiful wife and precious son and daughter!