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Deborah Cox
Phone: 919.821.6787
Fax: 919.821.6800

Practice Areas

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of North Carolina
  • Supreme Court of North Carolina and all State Courts


Wake Forest University, J.D., 1977

Davidson College, A.B., 1974

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James K. Dorsett, III

  • 150 Fayetteville Street, Suite 2300
    Raleigh, North Carolina 27601
  • Phone: 919.821.6649
  • Fax: 919.821.6800

A past President of the North Carolina State Bar, Jim Dorsett practices in the areas of commercial litigation, products liability, and tort and insurance litigation. His work includes the representation of corporations and individuals in contract and shareholder suits, claims related to decedents' estates, including will caveats, legal malpractice cases, and the defense of manufacturers in products liability cases in the state and federal courts. Jim also represents property owners in appeals from excessive tax valuations. He has appeared on behalf of air carriers and their insurers in accident and other lawsuits. A certified mediator, his work extends to alternative dispute resolution and counseling. He has successfully defended a variety of negligence actions, and has obtained substantial awards on behalf of plaintiffs in meritorious personal injury and wrongful death claims. Jim remains active in professional and volunteer activities and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the International Society of Barristers Foundation, and the American Counsel Association, for which he previously served as President. He currently serves as President of the Board of Governors of City Club Raleigh, and on the Board of Visitors of Davidson College. He has also served as President of Food Runners Collaborative, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation, and on the boards of other charitable organizations. He is Past President of the American Board of Trial Advocates, Eastern North Carolina Chapter.

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • Fellow and North Carolina Chair, American Bar Foundation
  • American Bar Association
    • Delegate, House of Delegates, 2004-2008
  • President, American Board of Trial Advocates, Eastern North Carolina Chapter, 2012
  • President, American Counsel Association, 2005-2006
  • President, North Carolina State Bar, 2002-2003
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Fellow, NC State Chair and past Director, International Society of Barristers
  • President, International Society of Barristers Foundation, 2010-2012
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, 2007-2014
  • President, North Carolina Supreme Court Historical Society, 2011
  • Certified Mediator, State of North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission
  • Past Director and Endowment Chair, Wake County Bar Association
  • President, Board of Directors, Food Runners Collaborative, Inc., 2010
  • Board of Visitors, Davidson College
  • Board of Governors Chair and past President, City Club Raleigh, 2015

Honors & Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America©, Commercial Litigation, Bet-the-Company Litigation, 2006-2017
  • Marquis Who’s Who in American Law
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rated
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, 2006-2016


  • Represented international privately-held soft drink manufacturer and distributor in securing $19 million settlement for violation of shareholder rights
  • Obtained $5 million award for maker of in ovo poultry inoculation system in breach of contract action against international conglomerate
  • Successfully defended west coast micro-chip designer in trade secrets litigation
  • Assisted national bank in achieving seven figure reduction in real property taxation
  • Recovered award for national food distributor against competitor for unfair trade practices
  • Secured awards for minority shareholders in closely held family business disputes
  • Obtained summary judgment for manufacturer in pharmaceutical plant explosion case
  • Secured summary judgment in condominium suit for allegedly defective piping
  • Obtained defense verdicts for vehicle manufacturers in wrongful death and injury actions
  • Recovered jury verdict of $2.4 million for teenager suffering “mild brain injury” from accident
  • Recovered $9 million structured settlement for decedent’s estate arising from trucking accident
  • Successfully defended airlines and insurers in wide variety of claims
  • Obtained jury verdict in blasting case for contractor sued by adjacent property owner
  • Obtained $7.6 million settlement for client in complex will caveat matter
  • Secured dismissal of intellectual property malpractice suit against national law firm
  • Successfully defended investors in a shopping center sued by other investors for alleged breach of contract, negligence, fraud and unfair trade practices