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James C. Lesnett Jr.

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James Lesnett focuses his practice on complex business litigation and government investigations. He has extensive experience litigating complex business disputes in federal and state courts throughout the United States, including litigation involving contract disputes, financial services, business torts, unfair and deceptive trade practices, class actions and trade secret misappropriation.

James also has extensive experience representing clients in internal investigations, government investigations and enforcement actions regarding business crimes and civil frauds, including health care fraud, securities fraud, the False Claims Act and government contract fraud.

Results By the Numbers

  • 0 Parker Poe Attorneys Named 2015 NC Rising Stars
  • 0 Ways we meet client needs

Representative Experience

Business Litigation

  • Represented a foreign manufacturer seeking to protect the duty-free status of its U.S. exports in proceedings before the United States International Trade Commission
  • Obtained dismissal of suit seeking $4 million in damages for breach of contract, fraud and unfair and deceptive trade practices. Successfully defended case on appeal to the North Carolina Court of Appeals and the North Carolina Supreme Court
  • Obtained dismissal of suit seeking $12 million in damages for libel and slander
  • Successfully defended suit seeking injunctive relief for breach of a covenant not to compete and trade secret misappropriation resulting in published opinion by the North Carolina Business Court
  • Represented financial institution and its officers and directors in a putative class action lawsuit in the Delaware Court of Chancery asserting breach of fiduciary duty and other claims regarding proposed acquisition
  • Represented company and its officers and directors in a putative class action lawsuit in the North Carolina Business Court asserting breach of fiduciary duty and other claims regarding acquisition disclosures

Government Investigations and White Collar Criminal Defense

  • Represented health care provider in qui tam suit filed by former employee alleging $95 million in damages. Federal and state governments did not intervene and suit was dismissed with prejudice after internal investigation and presentation of findings
  • Represented company in investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission which resulted in no enforcement action against client
  • Represented officer of defense contracting firm in criminal investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina which resulted in no action taken against client
  • Represented bank executives in mortgage fraud investigation by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Represented clients in related civil proceedings pending in federal and state courts throughout the United States
  • Represented trustee of collective bargaining organization in five-year investigation and prosecution related to allegations of wire fraud, mail fraud and bank fraud

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Honors & Awards

  • North Carolina Super Lawyers Rising Star in Criminal Defense: White Collar, 2014 - 2015