James Cronin enjoys defending small businesses. “I believe that many small businesses are taken advantage of because they have limited ability to understand legal issues and risks,” he said. “Small businesses lack the in-house legal resources of big companies; I enjoy partnering with them to help them succeed.”  James developed an understanding of small businesses while working in startup companies and he enjoys combining that experience with his legal knowledge in the service he provides his clients.

While in law school, James was a representative on the student bar association and served as vice president of the business law association. He also did research for an adjunct professor that culminated in a published Law Review Comment.

A transplant from Raleigh, James enjoys spending time on the coast.  He is an avid fisherman, surfer, and boater.

Experience and Involvement


  • North Carolina State Bar
  • New Hanover County Bar Association
  • Coastal Area Pro Bono Legal Council
  • Published Law Review Comment: Access to Capital: Rethinking Local Crowdfunding, 38 Campbell L. Rev. 365 (2016)
  • Book Awards: Securities Regulation, Firearms Law and the Second Amendment