About James M. Roane III
James M. Roane III is the owner and lead attorney of Roane Law in Greensboro,
NC, a successful law firm representing plaintiffs in legal proceedings
serious motor vehicle and
personal injury accidents as well as
nursing home neglect and
abuse cases. He has been practicing in North Carolina since 1999, and is a member
of the North Carolina Bar Association, the North Carolina Advocates for Justice,
Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum . This forum is a national group in which lawyers can only get in by actually
collecting a multi-million dollar recovery on one case. Very few attorneys
in the nation are members of this group. Of course, not all cases are
multi-million dollar cases, all cases are different and there is never
a guarantee of recovery.
Handling larger cases requires more skill, knowledge and resources- Roane
Law focuses on these more serious injury cases.
James is also a member of the American Association for Justice, the Inns
of Court and the Friends of Residents in Long Term Care. Also, Mr. Roane
was recently received an AV Preeminent rating on Martindale-Hubbell 4.9
out of 5 see link:
James has spent most of his life in Greensboro. He graduated Cum Laude
with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University
of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1992. During his undergraduate years,
James was a two-term president of Tau Kappa Epsilon and worked as a supervisor
at UPS. He went on to earn his J.D. in 1999 from the Wake Forest University
School of Law in
Winston-Salem, NC. While in law school, James
earned several honors including Most Outstanding Advocate from the North
Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, was a regional winner on the National
Trial Team as well as the Elite Eight in the National Competition in San
Antonio, Texas which placed him among the top eight teams in the national
A few years after graduating from law school, James accepted a position
as Director of Litigation with Crumley & Associates, the largest consumer-based
law firm in North Carolina. During his tenure at Crumley & Associates,
James led a team of four attorneys and five paralegals. Not only did he
carry his own case load, he trained and supervised these new litigation
attorneys and staff. He left Crumley & Associates in April 2008 to
pursue his dream of opening his own firm.
In addition to running a successful law firm, James currently serves as
Adjunct Trial Practice Professor at the Elon University School of Law
in Greensboro. His responsibilities include instruction of foundational
trial skills and advocacy to law students … a role he finds fulfilling
and one which challenges him to continually seek new approaches to this
craft. In fact, Danny Donovan was one of his students in that trial practice
class. James was very impressed with Danny's trial skills, dedication
and ability speak plainly and truthfully without "lawyer speak".
For these reasons, Danny was asked to join the team at Roane Law.
Another role in which James was able to provide professional guidance
was as a member of the Search Committee for a new dean for the Wake Forest
School of Law. In March 2007, his input as a graduate and as a practicing
legal professional helped the committee find a new dean to guide the law
school into the future.
In every endeavor undertaken, James has thrived and has been widely recognized
for his efforts. He was named Most Outstanding Advocate
by the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers while in law school;
"Legal Elite" 2007 named him top attorney in North Carolina under the age of 40 after he was
chosen by a poll of over 17,000 licensed attorneys in a poll taken by
BUSINESS North Carolina Magazine; and in 2008, the North Carolina Advocates
of Justice awarded him their coveted Order of Service Award.
Professionally, James remains active in publishing and speaking. James
has been featured in local newspapers, been on various news stories in
the Piedmont and the Charlotte area. James is a popular and charismatic
speaker, who has spoke at many events including being asked to speak as
his high school's graduation keynote speaker. He is the former Chair
of the Nursing Home Division of the North Carolina Advocates of Justice
and a member of the Guilford County Nursing Home Advisory Committee, James
speaks to groups on such topics as disaster preparedness for nursing homes,
the arbitration of a nursing home case, expert witness rules and special
considerations in nursing home cases, and basic nursing home negligence.
James has had many verdicts and settlements in Lawyers Weekly including
a $3.8 million dollar recovery for a terribly injured young woman. Finally,
James has been a continuing legal education speaker for North Carolina
attorneys more than eight times on topics such as nursing home abuse litigation,
trial presentations and
car wreck cases.
James is married to Sarah Roane, also a practicing attorney. In addition
to being a devoted husband and father of two kids, James enjoys recreational
volleyball, bicycling and coastal fishing.
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