W. James Payne is a fearless criminal trial lawyer. Mr. Payne is also a retired Colonel of United States Marines, serving his country for over 30 years as a Reserve Officer and very active trial lawyer.
Mr. Payne's practice is defending the criminally accused in the following venues: State Court, Federal Court, and Courts-Martial (Military Justice). Criminal charges include Felonies, Misdemeanors, DUI/DWI, murder, sex crimes, robbery, rape, larceny, computer crimes, military offenses, drug trafficking, drug conspiracy, white collar offenses.
Mr. Payne has such experience in defending the criminally accused that he is one of a very select group of attorneys in North Carolina that are qualified to defend capital (death penalty) murder cases. Further, Mr. Payne is also qualified to represent defendants in United States District Court that are unable to afford the services of a private attorney.
In the Marine Corps, W. James Payne served as a judge advocate. He defended Marines and officers from the rank of Private through General on a multitude of differing military justice offense. Colonel Payne also served five years on the bench as a military judge and several years as the Staff Judge Advocate for the 4th Marine Logistics Group.
An avid Crossfitter, Mr. Payne prides himself on keeping in top physical shape to have the stamina to represent his clients with drive, energy, and enthusiasm.
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I have known Colonel Payne for 20+ years. He is an outstanding attorney with a stellar track record in Federal and State criminal court. Always prepared and ready to fight for his clients, James is an attorney at the top of his profession! I recommend him without hesitation.
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|Owner||W. James Payne, Attorney-At-Law||2010 - Present|
|Partner||Powell & Payne, Attorneys-At-Law||1990 - 2010|
|Partner||Powell, Gore, & Payne, Attorneys-At-Law||1989 - 1990|
|Associate||Powell & Gore, Attorneys-At-Law||1988 - 1989|
|Associate||Murchison, Taylor, Kendrick, Gibson, and Davenport||1987 - 1988|
|Judge Advocate||United States Marine Corps||1984 - 2009|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina||Member||1995 - Present|
|United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina||Member||1989 - Present|
|Rotary Club of the South Brunswick Islands||Member||1989 - Present|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||N/A|
|North Carolina Advocates for Justice||Member||N/A|
|North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, Criminal Law Section||Member||N/A|
|Brunswick County North Carolina Criminal Indigent Appointment Committee||Member||N/A|
|Rotary Club of the South Brunswick Islands||Past-President||1993 - 1995|
|State of North Carolina vs. Danny L. Thomas, capital murder charge||Life Without Parole|
|State of North Carolina v. Caudle||Full Acquittal|
|State of North Carolina v. Larry Robinson||Life|
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|Campbell University, Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law||N/A||JD - Juris Doctor||1984|
|Campbell University||Government-Pre Law||BS - Bachelor of Science||1981|
|Capital Murder College||Closing Arguments in the Penalty Phase of a Capital Muder Case||2011|
|Capital Murder College||Logistics in a Capital Murder Case||2011|
|Capital Defense College||Jury Selection in Capital Murder Cases||2011|