W. James Payne is a skilled criminal defense attorney, who concentrates in representing white-collar criminal matters and military justice matters. With over 25 years of experience, Mr. Payne has developed a reputation as a respected and successful defense attorney. After 30 years of dedicated service in the United States Marine Corps Reserves, Mr. Payne retired as a Colonel. He had the honor of spending five years of his service as a military judge. His military service honed his acute sense of honor, which he acquired from his rearing and has carried on into his civil legal career.
Mr. Payne received his B.S. in Government from Campbell University and his J.D. from Campbell University School of Law in North Carolina. Practicing law since 1984, he has concentrated his efforts and attention to practicing only Criminal Defense. Native to North Carolina, Mr. Payne has been local to the Shallotte and Wilmington, North Carolina areas since 1988. His Bar Licenses include the North Carolina Supreme Court, United States Court of Military Appeals, United States District Court for the Eastern District and Middle District of North Carolina, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
Mr. Payne’s keen attention to detail plays an important role in his effective representation of White-Collar Cases. His zealous defense for his clients has earned him the respect of judges and prosecutors in both state and federal court. His tireless warrior mentality and “take no prisoners” approach has catapulted him to the top of the legal ranks and garnered front-page media coverage. He is also a highly sought-after writer and lecturer on topics related to criminal law and white-collar criminal defense.