James B. Maxwell

Senior Lecturing Fellow

  • James B. Maxwell portrait
  • Email: jmaxwell@mfbpa.com
    Phone: 919-493-6464
    210 Science Drive
    Box 90360
    Durham, NC 27708-0360


James B. Maxwell is a partner in the Durham, NC firm of Maxwell, Freeman & Bowman, P.A., where his practice areas focus on professional responsibility, catastrophic injury, medical negligence, personal injury and wrongful death. He is a 1966 LLB graduate of Duke Law School, where his interest in litigation led him to a winning position in the first Hardt Cup Award (1964), membership in the Duke National Moot Court team which won the regional competition and finished second in the national competition in both 1964 and 1965, a national runner-up oralist in 1964 and took first place oralist in the regional competition in 1996.He was also president of the Duke Bar Association from 1965-1966.

Mr. Maxwell has, for the past seven years, served as the coach of the Law School’s National Moot Court Team and as an advisor to the moot court program at Duke and will continue in this role as a Senior Lecturing Fellow. Under his tutelage, the Law School’s National Team has won the Regional competition in 2002-2003, 2005-2006 and 2008-2009. In addition, it won the National competition in 2005-2006 and was a National Semi-Finalist in 2007-2008. In his continuing commitment to the life of the Law School, he is now a Life Member of the Board of Visitors. As a Board of Visitors member, he has served on the Strategic Planning Committee, has been Chair of the Student Affairs Committee, and a member of the Search Committee for the Associate Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid in 2005. He received the Charles S. Rhyne Award in 2006 as an alumni who “exemplifies the highest standards of the profession and personal integrity, and who has made significant contributions to public service.”

Another of his most notable awards is selection to the Order of the Long Leaf Pine in 2002. The Order of the Long Leaf Pine is among the most prestigious awards presented by the Governor of North Carolina, and is presented to individuals who have a proven record of extraordinary service to the state. Contributions to their communities, extra effort in their careers, and many years of service to their organizations are some of the guidelines by which recipients are selected for this award. In 2006 both he and his wife were awarded the Josephine Clement Award for Lifetime Service to the Durham Public Schools, and in 2007 he received the I. Beverly Lake Public Service Award (North Carolina Bar Association) to a member of the Association “in recognition of exemplary public service in his community.”

He has served in many elected capacities for the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers; the North Carolina Bar Association; Legal Aid of North Carolina; Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers, and the International Society of Barristers. Since 1987, he has been listed on the Best Lawyers in America (Civil Litigation/Medical Negligence); selected as among the “Legal Elite” in North Carolina Business (since 2002), and as among North Carolina “Super Lawyers” also since 2002. He has been on the Board of Directors of Lawyers Mutual Liability Insurance Company of North Carolina since 2006. He was the founder and volunteer head coach of the Jordan High School Varsity Swimming and Diving team (1974-2002); member of the boards of the Durham Arts Council and Durham YWCA, Durham Chamber of commerce, and the Child Advocacy Commission.