James Cronin enjoys defending small businesses. He began developing his understanding of the struggles and challenges facing small business owners while operating a landscaping company in high school.  His passion is working with people of all backgrounds to reach common ground; an approach he takes daily in his practice.

While in law school, James was a Student 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 publication of his Law Review Comment addressing alternative methods for businesses to raise capital for growth and innovation.

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