Jim Dedman is a partner in GWB′s Charlotte office.  Jim joined GWB in 2006 after moving from Beaumont, Texas, where he had practiced for a number of years.  Jim is an experienced litigator with extensive experience in handling complex personal injury and business litigation.  Jim focuses his practice on transportation law, torts and insurance practice, drug and medical device litigation, toxic tort litigation, products liability and banking litigation. He also represents clients in a number of industries within these practice areas including:

  • Transportation
  • Banking
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Employment

Jim′s experience ranges from having defended a major pharmaceutical company in state and federal courts concerning its manufacture of diet drugs; to defense of a Class I railroad in personal injury matters; to representation of lenders in foreclosure and debt collection matters.  Jim is experienced in complex and comprehensive discovery having deposed hundreds of fact witnesses, physicians, medical specialists and experts.

Jim regularly speaks on topics such as use of social media in litigation and is on the firm′s Technology Committee.  Jim brings a diverse legal background to the table; being licensed in, and having practiced in, Texas, South Carolina, North Carolina and the Pennsylvania MDL 875 (Asbestos).

Jim is also the founder and editor of Abnormal Use a popular products liability blog named by the American Bar Association as one of the top 100 legal blogs for the past two years running.  In 2012 and 2014, Jim was recognized as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers.

Articles, Presentations & Publications

Seventh Circuit Finds Statute Of Repose Bars Products Action Involving Muzzleloader Rifle Purchased In 1994

Rejecting a Plaintiff’s negligence and strict liability claims in a case involving a muzzleloader rifle, the Seventh Circuit recently affirmed an Indiana federal district court’s grant of summary judgment on statute of repose grounds. Hartman v. EBSCO Indus., Inc., — F.3d —-, No. 13–3398, 2014 WL 3360799 (7th Cir. July 10, 2014). In so doing, the Seventh Circuit analyzed the two exceptions to Indiana’s ten year statute of repose and found that neither allowed the Plaintiff to bring claims involving a 2008 accident involving a LK–93 Wolverine muzzleloader first purchased in 1994.

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The Pitfalls of “Replying to All”

Read Jim Dedman’s article in DRI’s newsletter The VoiceDuring those incredibly busy days all lawyers face, it is important to be mindful of the recipients of any electronic communication. There may be nothing more perilous than the “Reply to All” function on one’s email service; so dangerous is the function that the Wall Street Journal has called it “the button everyone loves to hate.”

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Associations & Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
    –  Products Liability Committee – Vice Chair
    –  Newsletters
  • North Carolina Bar Association
    –  Membership Committee
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Association, Member
    –  Continuing Legal Education Committee (2012 – Present)
    –  Chair of the Civil Litigation Section 2017
  • Law Practice Management and Technology Council
    –  Technology Committee Chair

Honors and Awards

  • Former Briefing Attorney, The Hon. Eva M. Guzman, Fourteenth Court of Appeals, Houston, Texas
  • South Carolina Super Lawyers, 2012, 2014 to Present
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers 2015 to Present

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 2002
  • South Carolina, 2002
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 2003
  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern,Western and Eastern Districts of Texas, 2003
  • U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina, 2007
  • North Carolina, 2007
  • U.S District Courts for the Western, Middle, and Eastern Districts of North Carolina, 2009
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Courts for the Western and Middle Districts of North Carolina, 2009
  • MDL 875, In Re: Asbestos Products Liability Litigation (No. VI), U.S. District for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • MDL 2391, In Re: Biomet M2A Magnum Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana


  • J.D., Baylor University School of Law, 2002
  • B.S., Radio/Television/Film, The University of Texas at Austin, 1998

Testimonial - Person

Teddy Roosevelt


It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.