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James is a Wake County criminal defense attorney with extensive experience defending against driving while impaired charges, traffic violations, probation violations, drug offenses, and a wide variety of felony and misdemeanor allegations.  He is a graduate of Wake Forest University and North Carolina Central University School of Law. While in law school, James served as President of the Student Bar Association and was a Senior Board Member of the Moot Court Board. In 2007, he was awarded the Floyd B. McKissick Award for Leadership and Scholarship at the school. He graduated from law school cum laude.

James has practiced in Wake County since 2007 and served with the Office of the Public Defender until 2011. During that time, James defended clients in Superior and District Court, and served as the office’s primary probation violation defense attorney from 2009 to 2011. In 2011, James joined Hatch, Little & Bunn’s Criminal Litigation Section where he zealously represents clients against criminal charges including DWI, probation violations, sex offenses, domestic violence, assault, fraud, traffic offenses, and other felony and misdemeanor allegations.

While James does not know of any ancestral ties between him and founding partner James C. Little, for which the firm is named, James is proud to be a member of the Hatch, Little and Bunn “family.”


Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 30%
  2. Criminal Defense: 30%
  3. Speeding Ticket: 20%
  4. Domestic Violence: 10%
  5. Violent Crime: 10%



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Attorney endorsements

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  • Edd K. Roberts III

    James is an exceptional lawyer who works hard for his clients in getting the best possible outcome in difficult cases. Without question I would recommend those charged with criminal offenses to James.


    Edd Roberts DUI and DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Steven Saad

    James is an excellent attorney with a flawless reputation. Everyone knows that he will be overly prepared, considerate, and even keeled. His time as a public defender gives him a unique perspective that can only benefit his current clients. I whole heartedly endorse this attorney.


    Steven Saad DUI and DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Hatch, Little & Bunn, LLP

327 Hillsborough Street
Raleigh, NC, 27603


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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Floyd B. McKissick AwardNorth Carolina Central University School of Law2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerHatch, Little & Bunn, LLP2016 - Present
AssociateHatch, Little & Bunn, L.L.P.2011 - 2015
Assistant Public DefenderOffice of the Wake County Public Defender2007 - 2011
Association namePosition nameDuration
North Carolina State BarN/A2007 - Present
Wake County Bar AssociationN/A2007 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. FreemanVacated on Appeal - Unpublished Opinion
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
North Carolina Central University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2007
Wake Forest UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts2000