James M. Dedman IV



James M. Dedman IV is an attorney in the Charlotte, North Carolina, office. He represents manufacturers, transportation companies, insurance companies, hospitality companies and other businesses in state and federal litigation. He is licensed to practice law in North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas.

James has defended a major pharmaceutical company in state and federal courts. He has also represented companies in the hospitality industry. His reputable experience in complex and comprehensive discovery has deposed hundreds of fact witnesses, physicians, medical specialists and experts.

Since 2010, James has served as the editor of the Abnormal Use products liability law blog, named one of the nation’s top law blogs for five years in a row by editors of the ABA Journal. In 2014, the ABA Journal added Abnormal Use to its Blawg 100 Hall of Fame. He has contributed material to Strictly Speaking, The Voice, For The Defense, the American Bar Association Journal and other legal publications. James enjoys  writing and speaking about the usage of social media evidence in litigation and the myths and truths of the infamous McDonald’s hot coffee case.

Born in Tennessee, he spent his formative years in Texas. After graduating from The University of Texas at Austin, he earned his law degree from Baylor Law School, where he served as the senior editor of the Baylor Law Review. Following law school, he worked as a briefing attorney for the Honorable Eva M. Guzman of the Fourteenth Court of Appeals in Houston, Texas. He practiced with a defense firm in Southeast Texas before coming to the Carolinas in 2006. James is currently a member of the Texas Bar College.

In the community, he remains active in both the North Carolina Bar Association and the Mecklenburg County Bar. From 2017 to 2018, he served as the Chair of the Mecklenburg County Bar’s Civil Litigation Section. He often plans continuing legal education seminars, including programs on topics ranging from brewery law to the Salem witch trials. He plans the Mecklenburg County Bar’s annual Halloween CLE, as well. From 2014 to 2019, James served as the director of the Charlotte chapter of The Bastiat Society.


University of Texas at Austin

B.S., Radio, Television & Film (1998)

Baylor University School of Law

J.D. (2002)

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina State Bar
  • South Carolina Bar
  • State Bar of Texas
  • United States Courts of Appeal for the Fourth and Fifth Circuits
  • United States District Court for the District of South Carolina
  • United States District Courts for the North, Southern, Western, and Eastern Districts of Texas
  • United States District Courts for the Western, Middle, and Eastern Districts of North Carolina
  • United States Supreme Court

Associations & Professional Memberships

  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
    • Intellectual Property Litigation Committee
    • Products Liability Committee
      • Social Media Chair, former
      • Newsletter Editor, former
  • Mecklenburg County Bar
    • Continuing Legal Education Committee (2012 – Present)
    • Civil Litigation Section, Chair (2017-2018)
  • Texas Bar College

Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America (2022 – 2024)
    • Litigation – Insurance
  • Greenville Business Magazine
    • Legal Elite: Business Litigation (2020)
  • South Carolina Super Lawyers

Community Involvement

  • Pro Bono Representation in First Amendment Cases

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