James F. Rutherford grew up in North Carolina. He is a 2001 graduate of the University of North Carolina Wilmington and a 2005 graduate of the Michigan State University School of Law.
James takes special interest in criminal law cases. He has a true passion for advocating on behalf of the accused and helping to give them a voice in the criminal justice system. James cares and works tirelessly to fight each charge, no matter how tough or complicated.
He is a member of the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers and North Carolina Advocates for Justice.
In 2011, James became certified by the North Carolina State Bar as a specialist in state criminal law. 2013-2015 Super Lawyers named him a rising star. In 2015 he was rated AV Preeminent® by his peers for his exceptional ethical standards as well as his legal skill and successes. He is certified to administer standardized field sobriety tests by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration.
Education - Michigan State University School of Law – 2005 - University of North Carolina – Wilmington, 2001
Certifications - Criminal Law Specialist by the North Carolina State Bar - Certified in Field Sobriety Testing by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration