Elizabeth   James


Phone: 704.377.7213
Fax: 704.372.0448
Mailing: 301 South College Street ,
Suite 2600 , Charlotte , NC   28202
Linkedin: Elizabeth James


Since 2005, Libby James has dedicated herself to assisting individuals with delicate, personal legal matters. Ms. James practices family law with an emphasis on alimony, post-separation support, equitable distribution, separation agreements, premarital agreements, child support, child custody, contempt motions, qualified domestic relations orders, name changes and domestic violence protective orders and appeals.

In addition to being certified as a family law specialist by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization, Libby is also certified by the Cooperative Parenting Institute as a Parent Coordinator.

As a mother of three, Ms. James knows the impact such difficult matters can have on children and does her best to ensure that the best interest of the children is the central concern in any divorce.


  • Panelist, Effectively Arguing Contempt Issues, Advance Family Law forum hosted by the National Business Institute, Charlotte, NC (August 16, 2018)
  • Tools for Your Toolbox: Litigating a Family Law Case - Direct and Cross-Examinations, North Carolina Advocates for Justice (February 2018)
  • Family Law Section Annual Meeting, Case Law Update (2017)
  • NCBA Annual Review, Family Law Update (2015)
  • Family Law Section Annual Meeting, Case Law Update (2015)
  • Family Law Section Annual Meeting, Case Law Update (2014)



  • Berens v. Berens, 818 S.E.2d 155 (N.C. Ct. App. 2018) (argued at Court of Appeals)
  • Comstock v. Comstock, 780 S.E.2d 183 (N.C. Ct. App. 2015) (as amicus curiae for North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence)
  • Peeples v. Peeples, No. COA 14-1026, 2015 N.C. App. LEXIS 48 (N.C. Ct. App. Feb. 3, 2015)
  • Hinshaw v. Kuntz, 760 S.E.2d 296 (2014)
  • In re J.D., 234 N.C. App. 342, 759 S.E.2d 375 (2014)
  • Belk v. Belk, 221 N.C. App. 1, 728 S.E.2d 356 (2012)
  • In re K.O., 223 N.C. App. 420, 735 S.E.2d 369 (2012)
  • Hibshman v. Hibshman, 212 N.C. App. 113, 710 S.E.2d 438 (2011)
  • Maxwell v. Maxwell, 212 N.C. App. 614, 713 S.E.2d 489 (2011)
  • Velasquez v. Ralls, 192 N.C. App. 505, 665 S.E.2d 825 (2008)


  • Best Lawyers in America, Family Law, 2013-2019
  • Super Lawyers, North Carolina "Rising Stars," Family Law, 2013-2019
  • Legal Elite, Family Law, Business North Carolina, 2017, 2019
  • ATHENA Corporate Leadership Honoree, 2017


  • St. Mark's Episcopal Church
    • Stewardship Committee chair (2013-present)
    • Sunday school teacher
  • Executive Women of Lake Norman
  • Leadership Charlotte Class XXXIII, Selection Committee
  • Women’s Impact Fund, Grant Committee (2019-2020), Member Education Committee (2019-2020)
  • Lookout Point Homeowners’ Association, HOA Board Member
  • Barnette Elementary School
  • Women’s Commission, Free Legal Clinics

Practice Areas

Education & Admissions

  • J.D., University of South Carolina School of Law, 2005
  • B.A., Honors Political Science, University of Tennessee, 2002, Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude
  • South Carolina
  • North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina


  • American Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association: Board Certified Family Law Specialist (2010-present), Family Law Specialization Committee (2019-2020), Alimony Committee (Co-Chair 2019-2020), Domestic Violence Issues Committee, Co-Chair (2015-2016)
  • Mecklenburg County Bar: Board of Directors, Member (2018-2021), Mecklenburg County Bar: Executive Committee (2019-2020), Family Law Section (Chair 2019-2020, Co-Chair 2018-2019), Pro Bono and Legal Services Committee, Member (2017-2019), Fee Dispute Resolution Committee, Member (2014, 2015, 2016), Grievance Committee, Member (2011, 2012, 2013), Young Lawyer’s Division, Past Membership Committee Co-Chair


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