James   Talley
Retired Counsel


Phone: 704.377.2500
Fax: 704.372.2619
Mailing: 301 South College Street ,
Suite 2600 , Charlotte , NC   28202


James Talley’s practice concentrates on commercial real estate acquisition, development and operation, business formation and financing for real estate and business ventures.

James works with hotel, office and multi-family acquisition and development, historic rehabilitation, and management groups connected with the foregoing commercial and multi-family operations. His work includes equity financing, leasing, syndicated ventures and a variety of forms of pooling arrangements, as well as land use planning and documentation to effect successful development and operational projects.

James is a retired United States Navy Reserve captain. He served for 24 years, from 1960 to 1984.


  • AV® Preeminent™ rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate Law, 2012-2019
  • Super Lawyers, Real Estate Law, 2006-2012

Education & Admissions

  • J.D., University of North Carolina School of Law, 1964, with honors, Order of the Coif North Carolina Law Review, board of editors
  • B.S., Industrial Relations, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1959
  • North Carolina


  • American Bar Association
  • American Bar Foundation, life fellow
  • Legal Aid of North Carolina, board of directors, 2008 to present
  • Legal Services of North Carolina – president (1978-1982), board of directors (1976-1982)
  • Legal Services of Southern Piedmont - president (1977-1980), board of directors (1974-1982)
  • Mecklenburg County Bar
  • North Carolina Bar Association - president (1994-1995), board of governors (1983-1986), 4ALL Task Force, board of directors
  • North Carolina Equal Access to Justice Commission, board of directors, 2006-2010
  • North Carolina Plan for Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts, board of trustees, 2002-2008; chair, 2005-2006
  • North Carolina Prisoners Legal Services, board of directors, 1978-1981
  • Southern Conference of Bar Presidents, president, 1995-1996
  • UNC Law Alumni Association - board of trustees (2001-2006), Innovation Advancement Committee, Class of 1964 50th Reunion, planning committee