James W. Ledlie
James Ledlie focuses his practice on occupational disease, worker safety, products liability, consumer fraud and complex litigation matters. Recognized for his litigation skills and client advocacy, he has represented clients in jury trials and hearings across the country and takes pride in his work advocating for compensation for people who have suffered serious injury or wrongful death as the result of corporate misconduct, negligence and defective product design.
James fights for clients suffering from mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases caused by occupational or household asbestos exposure. In addition, he has represented whistleblowers in qui tam actions alleging fraud against the federal government. James is currently representing businesses, citizens and municipal entities that suffered loss as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. He has spent many years representing numerous provincial workers’ compensation boards and private Canadian citizens in U.S. civil actions brought against U.S. manufacturers of dangerous products sold in Canada. He is also a vocal advocate for safe products and for holding corporations accountable for negligent or intentional misconduct.
Prior to joining Motley Rice, James served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable John C. Few, then a South Carolina Circuit Court Judge. He later served as Law Clerk to the Honorable G. Ross Anderson, Jr., of the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina. James is proud of his service in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General Corps (JAG) Reserve and has represented injured veterans in wrongful death and serious personal injury cases.
James was selected by his peers in 2012 and 2013 for inclusion in the South Carolina Super Lawyers® Rising Stars lists. Active in the local bar and his community, he was honored in 2010 with the American Association for Justice F. Scott Baldwin Award, a national award recognizing individuals who have made significant contributions to the trial bar and obtained one or more outstanding trial verdicts.
James has spoken at numerous legal conferences, medical conferences and continuing education seminars on asbestos litigation, trial advocacy, jury selection and professionalism. He currently serves as Chairman of the South Carolina Bar’s Torts and Insurance Practice Section. He is recognized as an AV® rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell® and has served on the Board of Governors of the South Carolina Association for Justice and the American Association of Justice’s New Lawyers Division.
James is a member of the American Association for Justice, Charleston Bar Association, Public Justice Foundation, South Carolina Association for Justice and the South Carolina Bar.
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