View the video below featuring Jim in the NC Bar Association’s Members in Focus video series:
Family Law Mediator and North Carolina Family Law Specialist
Jim was born in Russell, Manitoba, Canada in 1967. He grew up in N.Y. and N.C. He graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a BA in English Literature in 1989. He graduated from Tulane University Law School in 1993.
Jim arrived in Asheville in 1994 and quickly developed his practice. Drug cases, murder cases, juvenile cases, and court-appointed cases throughout Western North Carolina put Jim in State and Federal Courtrooms in front of judges and juries.
Jim gained solid trial experience early in his career. He was privileged to be mentored by more experienced lawyers in high-level criminal cases. Jim also found a demand for his services in family law cases. He paid attention to how successful, seasoned lawyers prepared and tried their cases.
Over time, the demand for Jim’s services in family law cases increased, and he gradually narrowed the scope of his practice to family law. In 2007, the State Bar certified Jim as a specialist in family law. He maintains the family law specialist certification by peer review and has entered his second decade in the specialty.
Jim is motivated by the sense of accomplishment realized when his hard-earned skill set serves a client in a uniquely positive way. He meets clients where they are in a given situation, charts a course, and helps them arrive at a better place in their lives.
Positive relationships with clients, colleagues, and the bench, are a source of pride for Jim. He gives back to his specialty as a mentor, a presenter at conferences on family law, and in pro bono service. Jim gives back to the community through board service and charitable activity.
Jim shares his life in Asheville with his wife, Deborah, and his daughter, Sophia. He is an avid cyclist and loves mountain sports. Jim values his community and seeks to contribute positively in all his roles.
Jim is a family law specialist accepting select cases.
Credentials & Professional Engagements
Certified Family Law Specialist
Certified Family Financial Mediator and Superior Court Mediator
Member of the American Bar Association
Member of the North Carolina Bar Association
Member of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice
Member of the Harry C. Martin Chapter of the American Inns of Court
Active on the board of Consider Haiti
Member of the Charlotte Street Business Association
Served as Senior Warden to the Parish of Grace Episcopal Church
Honors & Achievements
- AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell
- Recognized by Super Lawyers
- Named among Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite
- Included in Best Lawyers in America
- AVVO rated 10 out of 10
- Kabasan v. Kabasan (COA 17-254) – Jim Siemens for the Wife in which the Court of Appeals found that the trial court did not abuse its discretion when it accepted the testimony of the wife’s expert in forensic accounting and valuation.
- Lund v. Lund (COA 16-813) – Jim Siemens for the Husband in which the Court of Appeals held that the trial court properly found the Wife’s testimony on value not credible.
- Lund v. Lund (COA 15-175) – Jim Siemens for the Husband in which the Court of Appeals held that the Husband’s expert properly valued and distributed the Wife’s pension.
- Duncan v. Duncan (COA 12-399-2) – Jim Siemens for the Wife in which the Court of Appeals held that the Husband was equitably estopped from challenging the validity of a marriage.
- Sluder v. Sluder (COA 08-1188) – Jim Siemens for the Husband in which the Court of Appeals vacated an alimony ruling of the trial court.
- Inman v. Inman (COA 04-398) – Jim Siemens for the Husband in which the Court of Appeals vacated a child support ruling of the trial court. 2005 N.C. App. LEXIS 127.
Presentations & Publications
- Representing the Dependent Spouse, NCBA Family Law Section Annual Meeting, April 2016
- Retirement of the Supporting Spouse and Modification of Alimony, NCBA Family Law Intensive Seminar, February 2016
- At the Intersection of Family Law and Bankruptcy, NCBA Bankruptcy Section Meeting, November 2015
- Modification of Alimony for a Substantial Change in Circumstances, NCBA Family Law Section Meeting, October 2015
- Equitable Distribution of Pension and Retirement Plans, National Business Institute, August 2015
- Family Law and Bankruptcy, NCBA Annual Meeting, June 2015
- Changes to Appellate Jurisdiction in Family Law Cases, NCBA Family Forum, December 2013
- Law Practice Management, NCBA Law Practice Management Section Meeting, 2010