Curriculum Vitae
James H. Early, Jr.
Attorney and Counselor at Law
Certified Superior Court Mediator

Name: James H. Early, Jr.

Office Address: 144 Sterling Point Court, Winston Salem, N.C. 27104

Office Telephone: (336) 768-2546

Facsimile No.: (336) 765-9193


Home Telephone: (336) 794-3208

Born: Henderson, North Carolina

Education: North Elementary, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Hanes High School, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Mars Hill Junior College - A.A.,
Wake Forest College - B.A.,
Wake Forest College - L.L.B.,
Wake Forest University - J.D.

Marital Status: Single

Children: Three

Religious Affiliation: Baptist. Taught Sunday School for seventeen (17) years, ages 7 to Young Adults. Chaired Sunday School Curriculum Committee, Youth Committee, Finance Committee, Fund Raising Committee, Pastor Search Committee, Church Moderator, Deacon, Chairman of Board of Deacons, Council to Pastors.

Hobbies: I enjoy hunting and fishing (I am a guide), hiking, white-water rafting, flying with friends in World War II fighter planes and hot-air balloons, driving cigarette racing boats offshore, hill climbing sports cars, trail riding Tennessee walking horses, and breeding and raising English Setters and English Pointers through my kennel Quailstalker, Inc. On rainy days I like to do artwork (portraits), play music (having played in big bands for five (5) years), do creative writing and develop new recipes for my cooking classes and my cookbook SHINING TIMES - THE ADVENTURES AND RECIPES OF A SPORTSMAN, which I hope to have to the publishers early next year.


I am a sole-practitioner with good support staff. The major emphasis of this practice is Personal Injury, Malpractice, Employment Claims (with special emphasis on Litigation of Covenants Not to Compete, Sexual Harassment and Title VII Claims), Business and Business Litigation and Family Law. Through the use of an excellent staff and the association of seasoned attorneys by contract for a particular project this firm has been able to compete successfully with large firms regardless of the size of the project both in terms of man-hours and expense. It is the goal of this practice to produce a fine work-product with the most effective use of resources and overhead, and achieve for its clients a good result while insuring for those within the practice a high quality of life.


AOC Certified Mediator (1992-). Phi Alpha Theta; Phi Alpha Delta. Member: Forsyth County (Treasurer, 1970-1971), North Carolina and American Bar Associations; The North Carolina State Bar; North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers; Association of Trial Lawyers of America; North Carolina Bar Association Practical Skills Curriculum Committee (1992-); General Curriculum Committee (1999-); North Carolina Bar Association Lawyer Effectiveness and Quality of Life Committee (1989-) (Chair, 1999-).

Reported Cases: IREDELL DIGESTIVE DISEASE CLINIC, P.A., a North Carolina Professional Association vs. JOSEPH A. PETROZZA, M.D. vs. DAVID G. KOGUT, M.D., 95 N.C. App. 21 (1988), 373 S.E. 2d. 449 (1988); 324 N.C. 327 (1989), 377 S.E. 2d. 750 (1989); STATESVILLE MEDICAL GROUP, P.A., a North Carolina Professional Association vs. RICHARD A. DICKEY, M.D. vs. DAVID R. HENDRY, 106 N.C. App. 669 (1992), 418 S.E. 2d. 256 (1992); 333 N.C. 257 (1993), 424 S.E. 2d. 922 (1993).

I have been a trial lawyer for thirty plus years. I tried the landmark cases on Covenants Not to Compete for Doctors in North Carolina (see copies of recent articles regarding these cases enclosed herewith).

These cases were discussed in:

The Petrozza case was the Wake Forest University Law School's moot court case the year it was on appeal to the Supreme Court.


Need A Vacation? Make It A Long One, North Carolina Lawyer/November/December 1995, Are You Happy Practicing Law? North Carolina Lawyers Weekly/October 21, 1996, "If It Ain't Broke Don't Fix It" Isn't Enough, North Carolina Lawyers Weekly/January 13, 1997, You've Been At It For 20 Years, Now What?, North Carolina Lawyer/January/February 1997, and Do Solo Practitioners (Blonde or Not) Have More Fun?, To The Top & Above The Rim, The Yadkin Ripple/October 21, 1999, Showed True Grit, Winston-Salem Journal/October 23, 1999, Lucky the Cat, The Daily Southern/November 12, 1999, Hurricane Floyd Brings Out Best In Relief Efforts, and Disaster Puts Attorney On Front Line Of Hurricane Clean Up, Relief Efforts, North Carolina Lawyer/November/December 1999

I spend approximately thirty-five (35) hours per week practicing law in the limited field described above, and approximately fifteen (15) to twenty (20) hours per week doing research, writing manuscripts, etc., for the seminars I present. Of course, when I am away speaking my weeks run a bit longer.

I have spoken extensively across the State of North Carolina for the past five (5) years and nationally for the past three (3) years. To my knowledge, I am the only speaker for Ethics and Professionalism Programs for lawyers with Quality of Life and Balance as the nexus between ethics and professionalism problems. This is explained, in part, in the preamble of the hand-out ETHICS: MORE THAN A LINE IN THE SAND. This handout was presented in conjunction with a seminar I recently presented to the North Carolina Bar Association Annual Meeting and the American Bar Association Law Office Management Section Annual Meeting held at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina. I am also an associate to the faculty working with Dr. Michael Quigley (former associate of Dr. W. Edward Denning) and his Transformational Leadership program at Brevard College.

If you would like to confirm my history, the evaluations I have received as a speaker, or any other matters of interest, please call Sally Davis, Assistant Director of CLE, at the North Carolina Bar Association, 1-800-228-3402.