senior vice-president, general counsel and secretary, Turning Point Brands
James has been the Senior Vice President and General Counsel of the company since 1999, and Secretary since 2002. In addition to those duties, James assumed responsibility for the Human Resources department in 2012. During his tenure with the company, James created a law department that covers the fundamental legal needs of the company, anticipates issues, and responds to new regulatory and market challenges.
Prior to joining the company, James was in private practice in North Carolina and held various positions in the legal department of the Liggett Group Inc. His last position at the Liggett Group Inc. was as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary. Prior to joining Liggett Group, James served as a litigation associate for Webster & Sheffield and a law clerk to the Honorable J. Daniel Mahoney, United States Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
James holds an A.B. from Drew University and a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law.