James W. Williams

James W. Williams, Of Counsel at Roberts & Stevens, P.A., Asheville, NC

James W. Williams

direct dial: (828) 258-6905
fax: (828) 253-7200
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Jim Williams is currently of counsel with Roberts & Stevens. As a partner and shareholder since 1976, Jim successfully defended more than 300 civil actions to a jury verdict. Appointed as lead counsel in many disputes, Jim is passionate about the system of jury trials as the best method for obtaining justice in our society. His clients have included several North Carolina healthcare organizations, and he won two significant jury trials for a national Top 50 hospital involving brain injuries and quadriplegia.

Jim has earned recognition as Business North Carolina magazine's Legal Elite, Top 100 Lawyers, North Carolina Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America (10 consecutive years), and Best Commercial Lawyers in North Carolina. He was also presented the 2013 J. Robert Elster Award for Professional Excellence by the NC Association of Defense Attorneys. This award recognizes NCADA members who exemplify the highest standards of professionalism, integrity and ethics and who conduct themselves in a civil, courteous manner with all persons. The recipient must exemplify sustained excellent service to individual and corporate defendants in civil litigation, to the Bar and to the community.

Jim, a North Carolina native, enjoys spending quality time with his family that includes three children and five grandchildren.


Representing commercial clients in contractual issues and tort defense

Representing defendants in professional liability cases

Representing hospitals in medical negligence cases

Representing manufacturers in product liability actions


University of North Carolina, BS 1967; JD, 1970

Delta Theta Phi, President, Battle Senate, 1969-1970


28th Judicial District, President, 1984-1985

American College of Trial Lawyers, Board of Governors, 1993-1996, Fellow

AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

The Best Lawyers in America: 2012 and 2015 Lawyer of the Year in Asheville for Medical Malpractice Law-Defendants; 2014 and 2016 Lawyer of the Year in Asheville for Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants; Medical Malpractice Law-Defendants, 2011-2018; Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants, 2011-2018; Recognized in Best Lawyers since 1993-1994

Business North Carolina magazine's Legal Elite: Medical Malpractice Attorney, 2003-2011

Defense Research Institute, National Chair, Committee of State and Local Defense Organizations

Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference, permanent member

North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys, President, 1991-1992; J. Robert Elster Award for Professional Excellence, 2013

North Carolina Bar Association, Board of Governors, 1993-1996

North Carolina Super Lawyers: Personal Injury Medical Malpractice: Defense, 2006-2018; Business Litigation and Personal Injury Plaintiff: General, 2006-2013. Top 100 North Carolina Super Lawyers, 2011-2012

Pisgah Legal Services

Bar & Court Admissions

North Carolina Bar Association, Board of Governors, 1993-1996

North Carolina State Bar

US District Court, North Carolina, Western and Middle Districts

US Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit

Community Service

MANNA FoodBank

United Way Campaign Legal Division, 2008-2009