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JASON JAMES

Bell, Davis & Pitt | Charlotte

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Favorite music
Willie Nelson
(folk music artist)

Vita
45; born in Greensboro; bachelor’s from Wake Forest University and law degree from Campbell University; married to wife, Laura, with daughter, Lila, and one-eyed Welsh terrier, Scout.
Why he chose to specialize in this field
I worked as a construction bond underwriter for a surety company before I went to law school, so I gravitated to construction law as a practice area that was a good fit for me. Also, I enjoy the people in the construction industry. The clients work hard and take great pride in what they do, and there is a real sense of gratitude from them when you go to the mat on their behalf. They also do not expect you to always be in a suit.
What he’d be if not a lawyer
General contractor.
Best advice received
My grandfather always told me, “If you don’t know, don’t say.” I think that advice has saved me from creating a lot of headaches for myself over the years.
Favorite place
The spring woods at Clifton Plantation Hunting Preserve (my father-in-law’s hunt camp in Lexington, Miss.). I love turkey hunting there every spring and watching my daughter enjoy the outdoors. It is one of the few places where I am able to really relax and forget about work.
Favorite book
Any book by Greg Iles. I get so caught up in his stories that I blow through any new book from him in a week.
Favorite movie and TV show
No Country for Old Men. I do not watch much TV, the exception being every July when I sit down and watch the entire coverage of the Tour de France for 21 days. It is a little excessive – sometimes more than five hours a day. My wife and daughter get sick of hearing me talk about “Le Tour.” I am fascinated by how fast these guys go.
Passions
All things cycling; I am on a big gravel bike kick at the moment. Running, turkey hunting and anything outside with my family.
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