James W. Ledlie

Recognized for his litigation skills and client advocacy, James Ledlie focuses his practice on occupational disease, worker safety, products liability, consumer fraud and complex litigation matters.

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. He also played a key role in the firm’s efforts to hold the tobacco industry responsible for intentionally creating addictive products that can later cause lung cancer, COPD, and other fatal diseases. James has obtained sizable plaintiff verdicts and settlements in both state and federal courts on behalf of smokers killed or severely injured by the actions of the cigarette industry.*

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 has spoken at numerous legal conferences, medical conferences and continuing education seminars on asbestos litigation, trial advocacy, jury selection and professionalism. He is recognized as an AV® rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell®. 

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  • J.D., University of South Carolina School of Law, 2000
  • B.A., Wofford College, 1996


  • American Association for Justice, former New Lawyers Division Board of Governors member
  • South Carolina Association for Justice, former Board of Governors member
  • South Carolina Bar Association, Past Chairman – Torts and Insurance Practice Section
  • Charleston Bar Association
  • Public Justice Foundation

Licensed In

  • District Of Columbia
  • South Carolina
  • West Virginia

Admitted to Practice Before

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth and Eleventh Circuits
  • U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina


Burn Pit Exposure

Prolonged exposure to fumes emitted by burn pits at military facilities in Iraq and Afghanistan, at which hazardous items were disposed of, allegedly caused American service members and civilian contract workers to contract illnesses.

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James W. Ledlie