James A. Davis

James A. Davis, son of Bob and Mary Anne Davis, is the head of Davis & Davis, Attorneys at Law, P.C. He has been an attorney with the firm since 1991 and has led the firm since his father's passing in 2005.

James is a North Carolina Board Certified Specialist in Federal and State Criminal Law with a trial practice in criminal, domestic, and general litigation. He is deeply committed to excellence and professionalism in the practice of law, having served on the North Carolina State Bar Specialization Criminal Law Committee, the North Carolina State Bar Board of Continuing Legal Education, and was Issue Planning Editor of the Law Review at Regent University. James also lectures at criminal, family law, and trial practice continuing legal education (CLE) programs, and is regularly designated by the Capital Defender as lead counsel in capital murders.

Colleagues describe James as the “hardest working attorney” they know, “fearless,” and “a great litigator.” He is proud to have earned his colleagues' respect, but is even more gratified by the thanks he receives from clients he has helped. He keeps each of the scores of thank you notes he has received from clients. He truly enjoys making a positive difference in the lives of his clients.

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, including serving on the Board of Directors for Rowan County Helping Ministries and the Rowan County YMCA, the Board of Visitors at Catawba College, and the Board of Trustees at Charleston Southern University.  When not practicing law, he enjoys reading, competitive exercise, coaching kids' sports, and spending time with his family.

Practice Areas

  • Criminal Defense
  • DUI and DWI
  • Family Law
  • Divorce and Separation
  • Child Custody
  • General Litigation


  • Regent University School of Law, Juris Doctor
  • Catawba College, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

Admissions to Practice

  • North Carolina
  • United States District Court, Western and Middle Districts of North Carolina

Professional Memberships and Associations

  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Rowan County Bar Association
  • North Carolina State Bar Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Board Chair, Accreditation Committee 2010 - 2016)
  • North Carolina State Bar, Specialization Criminal Law Committee (2002 - 2008)
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Co-Chair (2017 - 2018)
  • District 19C Bar (Former President)

Honors and Awards

  • Selected to North Carolina Super Lawyers (2019, 2018, 2017, and 2009)
  • Selected one of the "Top 100 Trial Lawyers" by The National Trial Lawyers (2017)
  • Selected as a 2016-17 Educational Achievement Program "Advocate" by the North Carolina Advocates for Justice (2017)
  • Selected one of the "Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorneys" in North Carolina by National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys (2014)
  • Selected one of the "Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers" in North Carolina by The American Society of Legal Advocates (2015 and 2014)
  • Selected one of the "10 Best DWI/DUI Attorneys for Client Satisfaction in North Carolina" by the American Institute of DWI/DUI Attorneys (2015)
  • Selected one of the "10 Best Family Law Attorneys for Client Satisfaction in North Carolina" by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys (2015 and 2014) 

Speaking Engagements and CLE Presentations