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James T. Crouse

Aviation Attorney at Raleigh, NC

5.0   6 reviews

also known as James Teague Crouse

  • State Years
    North Carolina - NC 28 years
    New York - NY 40 years
    Virginia - VA 27 years
    Texas - TX 34 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 36 years
    Louisiana - LA 43 years
  • Licensed for 28 years
    State NC
    Acquired 1996
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 40 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1983
    Currently Registered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State VA
    Acquired 1997
    Associate No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 34 years
    State TX
    Acquired 1989
    Inactive No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 36 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1987
    Inactive No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 43 years
    State LA
    Acquired 1981
    Inactive No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About James

Learn James’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Aviation
    Local, national and International aircraft and helicopter accident lawyer. Practice in all federal and state courts. Negligence, product liability.

    45 years, 200 cases

  2. Personal injury
    Automobile accidents, work place injury, consumer injuries at home and in the workplace

    45 years, 50 cases

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James T. Crouse
Two Hannover Square
Suite 2350
Raleigh, NC, 27601-1764
Crouse Law Offices, PLLC
Two Hannover Square
Suite 2350
Raleigh, NC, 27601-1764
James T. Crouse
434 Fayetteville St Mall #2350
Raleigh, NC, 27601-1787
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Posted by Yolanda | October 12, 2013
He has become part of our family!
I don't even know where to begin. I was injured 33000+ ft in the air during a flight. I did not know what to do first after dealing with doctors, surgeons, and nurses while trying to heal. I called a large legal firm that advertises in North Carolina to see if they could help me. After being grilled like I was the problem, my sister-in-law who lives in Memphis, researched attorneys in my area and gave me a choice of 2. Well I called James Crouse and the first thing he told me was that he would help me put a letter together for the airline and he would do it for free. Then he said "you don't have to go with me as your lawyer, but you will need a good lawyer in order to handle the big airline." I felt so taken care of and he was very honest about everything from the start. He worked on my case for over 4 years. He prepared my husband and I for everything that could happen. Jim came to our house when I could not walk and he continued to come to the house when I was healing. I could ask him any question and get an answer even if it was one that was not in my favor. I never want to have to go through something like this again, but if I have to, I will call Jim as soon as possible. Even opposing counsel liked him and that makes a huge difference in the outcome of a case. Just FYI...... he has entertaining stories about his life that go on for days! He kept me on my toes. Thank you Attorney Crouse!
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Posted by anonymous | April 23, 2011
Jim Crouse Was My Advocate
I contacted Jim Crouse after my husband was killed in a small plane crash while learning to fly. If tthe accident were due to equipment malfunction, I wanted to keep it from happening again. Jim relentlessly investigated all angles and exhausted all resources while remaining kind and sensitive to my concerns and desires. While we weren't able to determine a cause, Jim obtained a satisfactory settlement with one of the flight instructor's insurers and I am confident our best effort was made. I would recommend Jim for his professional expertise as well as his personal sensitivity. I'm grateful to Jim for his help during a very difficult time.
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Posted by jeff | April 1, 2011
All lawyers are not the same
I had the opportunity of working with Mr. Crause regarding a FAA infraction. The case was complex and required many hours of research and fact finding. Many times I had thought that we had came to a dead end road. These roadblocks had given me the feeling of wanting to give up. Somehow, Mr Crause was able to put it in four wheel drive and go through these road blocks. His knowledge and ability to keep me focused was something I never expected out of a lawyer. He was also able to relay a peace of mind in an otherwise troubling situation for me. Being such a complex case, I was worried about the ability to pay for the services. Mr. Crause was able to consolidate and multi task using every available minute in each hour. These tactics reduced the bill beyond my expectations. We have finished work on my case but still stay in touch over the months. This is just another reason why I am writing this review and recommend him to everyone I talk to in the aviation community.
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Posted by Barbara | March 1, 2011
Airplane Accident
I met Jim Crouse in March of 2005 when I was involved in an airplane accident. I will never forget meeting Jim for the fist time while I was in rehab. Amidst all the nurses and doctors, Jim came in like a breath of fresh air. He was very professional, calm, cordial, and frank. He sat down to get to know me and the facts around my accident. Jim listened to me and all my health concerns and went to bat for me 100% His vast knowledge of the airplane industry was a great asset to my case. He spent many hours on the phone with me and visiting me at home when I was incapacitated. I felt totally safe and protected having Jim Crouse represent me. That was the beginning of a professional relationship and friendship that continues today. Even though my case has been resolved, Jim checks in with me occasionally to see how I am doing. I was very fortunate to have been represented by Jim Crouse and can highly recommend Jim Crouse to anyone needing excellent legal representation..
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Posted by anonymous | February 27, 2011
Jim Crouse cares about his clients.
A friend recommended Mr. Crouse after I was involved in a car accident that left me hospitalized for a week and in a wheelchair for a month. He was compassionate and kept me in the loop with my case as things progressed. He returned every call or email I sent him and was always willing to talk about the case, and helped me understand the ins and outs with regard to medical bills and recompensation. We reached a great settlement, and even after he was no longer legally responsible for the case, kept working by sending letters to insurance companies that contacted me regarding the case later on.
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Posted by anonymous | February 22, 2011
Help during a trying time...
I was enjoying an NCAA basketball game in 2006, as a spectator, when a Greensboro NC Coliseum employee broke my ankle by dragging a low empty metal cart through the crowd. The employee had no regard to the crowds and he left me sprawled on the floor in pain. It was a long challenging lawsuit, but Jim Crouse gave it 100%, and brought in true professional experts that were also helpful. I greatly appreciate Jim Crouse’s help during a very trying time. Gail Dunham
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  • Hourly Rates $ 150-350 per hour
  • Contingency 20%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Editor In Chief
  • Aviation Safety Blog
  • 2010 - Present
  • Senior partner
  • Crouse Law Offices, PLLC
  • 2000 - Present


  • Duke University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1980
  • Davidson College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1971


  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice
  • Past Products Liability Chair
  • 2000 - Present
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • 2000 - Present
  • National Transportation Safety Board Bar Association
  • 1988 - Present
  • Helicopter Association International
  • 1988 - Present
  • International Society of Air Safety Investigators
  • 1988 - Present
  • Lawyer Pilots Bar Association
  • 1982 - Present
  • American Helicopter Society
  • 1982 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • 1982 - Present
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  • Aviation Law Cases and Materials
  • Aviation Law Cases and Materials
  • 2006

Speaking Engagements

  • Embry Riddle Law and Insurance Symposium
  • How Litigation Can Help Accident Prevention
  • 2008
  • International Helicopter Safety Symposium
  • How Litigation Can Help Break the Accident Chain
  • 2007
  • Products Liability Conference
  • Daubert in N.C. Product Liability Cases
  • 2003
  • SMU Air Law Symposium
  • Litigating Against the Foreign Defendant
  • 2000
  • SMU Air Law Symposium
  • Machin Privilege Threatens Doom to Service Members' Product Liability Claims
  • 1993
  • SMU Air Law Symposium
  • Confidentialty Agreements and Protective Orders
  • 1991
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Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (3)
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Aviation Attorney | Nov 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I had the pleasure of working with Jim Crouse on a case that resulted from a helicopter crash that occurred outside Roswell, New Mexico. I specifically sought out and retained Jim Crouse because of his experience and expertise in aviation cases, and his prior experience in helicopter crash cases. He came highly recommended from various sources. I was not disappointed. Jim is an outstanding attorney and a great co-counsel. He is easy to work with, and always carries his share of the load. He provided superior advice, knowledge and counsel in all areas that were needed, and provided invaluable guidance that allowed us to successfully resolve the case. Jim is a great person."
Aviation Attorney | Mar 06
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"As a young lawyer, i worked for Jim many years ago. He's just a top notch lawyer and wonderful guy."
Aviation Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"James is a brilliant aviation attorney. His tenacity and aggressive demeanor serve his clients well in and out of the courtroom."
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse James. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Aviation Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"About a year ago, I was wading through a nuanced issue regarding the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Inquiry showed that Jim had recently faced a similar issue. Though I did not know Jim, and I was a complete stranger to Jim, he took the time to speak with me and walk me through the issue. I am quite grateful, and would certainly endorse him."
Aviation Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"James Crouse is an absolutely tremendous lawyer and an even finer person. He is the preeminent aviation lawyer in this part of the world and does an outstanding job on personal injury and other cases. When an aviation case comes to me, the first thing I do is get James Crouse on board. His knowledge of the technical aspects of aviation is unparalleled. His knowledge of the law, and particularly aviation law, is top-notch, so much so that he taught aviation law at a prominent local law school. Perhaps most importantly, he fights hard for his clients. There is no one I'd rather have on my side."
Aviation Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Jim and I have worked together on some challenging cases. His energy, knowledge and attention to detail helped us serve our clients well."
Aviation Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Aviation Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Jim Crouse is the consummate professional. he is a Miltary Test Pilot, Accomplished Aviation Trial Practitioner and Accident Investigator. He takes hard cases and does well because he leaves no stone unturned in his search for the truth. I would never hesitate to put a client in touch with Jim Crouse because I know they would be served well by the best! This guy is a shining star in the legal profession!"
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Raleigh Aviation Lawyer James T. Crouse
James T. Crouse
Aviation Attorney
Raleigh, NC
Licensed for 43 years