Jim White
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Jim White


James C White helps people and companies facing serious financial injury by bringing and defending lawsuits and representing debtors in bankruptcy.  He has successfully taken on banks, large financial institutions and other corporations in “David v. Goliath” cases.  He has been recognized by his peers as one of the top civil litigation lawyers in the state (in Super Lawyers) as well as one of the top business bankruptcy lawyers in the state (in the Legal Elite and Best Lawyers in America).  North Carolina Lawyers Weekly named him a Leader in the Law recognizing him as an influential individual within the state’s legal community.





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Jim is a board certified specialist in business bankruptcy law and an experienced litigator.  He serves as a Bankruptcy Trustee in small business cases in the Middle District of North Carolina, and is also a NCDRC Certified Mediator focused on mediating bankruptcy and financial litigation cases.  Before forming JC White Law Group, he was an attorney at one of the state’s largest law firms handling business litigation and bankruptcy.  Work for his clients has included:



  • He represents businesses and individuals in complex litigation matters in State Court, North Carolina’s Business Court and Federal Court.
  • Represented businesses and individuals against banks and other financial institutions, including multiple confidential six-figure settlements with banks for:
    • foreclosure fraud,
    • violations of the truth in lending act,
    • violations of North Carolina’s debt collection statutes,
    • improper trash-out of a foreclosed home, causing a family to lose nearly everything they owned,
    • usury,
    • even selling the wrong house in foreclosure.
  • Represented businesses and individuals in a range of cases, including:
    •  Confidential settlement on behalf of contestants in a reality television show in a lawsuit that received international media attention,
    • Six-figure settlement for tortious interference with contract claim,
    • Six-figure settlement against homeowners insurance company for failure to properly investigate a claim,
    • Five-figure settlement with the city of Raleigh on behalf of two men wrongfully arrested outside a club on Glenwood Avenue,
    • A seven-figure settlement for a company founder wrongfully terminated by his former business partner,
    • Fraud and unfair trade practices cases,
    • Securities law lawsuits and arbitrations.
  • Oral arguments before the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals and the North Carolina Supreme Court, and briefs before the United States Supreme Court and state and federal appellate courts.



  • He has successfully helped businesses reorganize in Chapter 11 Bankruptcies in the Middle and Eastern Districts of North Carolina.
  • Represented individuals in complex Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 cases.
  • Served as creditors’ committee counsel and counsel for bankruptcy trustees.
  • Represented Plaintiffs and Defendants in Bankruptcy Adversary Proceedings (lawsuits in Bankruptcy Court) including:
    • High six-figure settlement with a national bank for its violation of the automatic stay with its improper attempts to bring a foreclosure action,
    • Seven-figure settlement of a non-dischargeability action on behalf of a creditor in an Indiana bankruptcy court.


He has appeared on CBS This Morning, WRAL and News 14 Carolinas, and stories about his cases have been featured on The Today Show, Good Morning America, and CNN and been published in North Carolina Lawyers Weekly, The News & Observer, The Triangle Business Journal, and in newspapers and on news web sites across the country.


Jim recognizes the importance of representing clients pro bono who could not otherwise afford legal representation. He has represented the ACLU of North Carolina, received the Business Leader Media Pro Bono Impact Award and was named Pro Bono Attorney of the Year by Legal Aid of North Carolina, Durham County.

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J.D., Duke University School of Law; Editor-in-Chief, Law & Contemporary Problems

M.A., Public Policy, Duke University, Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy

B.A., St. John’s College



All North Carolina State Courts, All North Carolina Federal Courts, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States Supreme Court


  • Board Certified Specialist in Business Bankruptcy Law
  • NCDRC Certified Mediator
  • Martindale-Hubbell Rated AV Preeminent
  • Best Lawyers in America 2021
  • Business North Carolina – Legal Elite 2015, 2016, 2018
  • North Carolina Lawyers Weekly – Leaders in the Law
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers – 2015 – 2020
  • Business Leader Media Pro Bono Impact Award
  • Pro Bono Attorney of the Year, Legal Aid of North Carolina, Durham County


  • North Carolina Bar Association Bankruptcy Council
  • Durham Bar Association, Former Member Public Service Committee
  • Former Chair, Orange County Board of Elections
  • Former Member, Orange County Transportation Services Board.