Charles James, II Partner- Brooks, Hubbard & James P.C. Interview By Anthoney Lewis
Charles “Chuck” James, II, is a native of Mobile, Alabama, where he grew up in an area known as “Down the Bay.” He played in two 6A state football championships at Murphy High School.
Chuck began his undergraduate studies at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN, where he played football and was active in student government. He later transferred to the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, where he earned a Bachelor of the Arts in History and a Masters of the Arts in Higher Education Administration. He went on to earn his law degree from the University of Alabama School of Law. While in law school, Chuck was elected Vice President and Senator of the Student Bar Association and he was also a member of the school’s Frederick Douglass Moot Court team. He was also a founding member of the Sports and Entertainment Law Society at the University of Alabama School of Law.
Upon graduation from law school he worked as an Assistant District Attorney in his hometown of Mobile. Since 2003, he has devoted his practice to civil litigation. He practiced for over a decade with a nationwide personal injury law firm where he was involved with numerous multi-million dollar verdicts. Chuck’s primary areas of interest include wrongful death cases, tractor-trailer litigation, personal injury, medical malpractice, consumer fraud and products liability. He is also a licensed sports agent.
He is admitted to practice law in the Northern, Middle, and Southern United States Districts Courts of the State of Alabama, as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
We took time to sit down and talk to Chuck about his law firm. Here is what he had to share:
GTM: HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PRACTICING?
CHUCK: I have been practicing for over 10 years.
GTM: WHAT INFLUENCED YOU TO STEP OUT AND START YOUR OWN FIRM?
CHUCK: A variety of factors. I’ve been in the legal arena for over 10 years and always worked for a large law firm. In 2011 my mentor, Jock Smith passed. I was practicing at his firm at that time. After he passed, I was placed at the helm of the firm overnight. Shortly thereafter, I came to the realization that I had the skillset and abilities to start my own law firm.
GTM: SO YOU SPECIALIZE IN PERSONAL INJURY?
CHUCK: Yes. Personal injury occurs when someone has been injured or hurt through no fault of their own. Injury in this case refers to bodily injury, usually from some sort of wreck, fall or workplace accident. Personal injury cases can be difficult because you often go up against big companies and their insurance carriers. For example, we battle large pharmaceutical companies and large trucking companies daily. Their insurance carriers try to use tactics to put the blame back on our clients or minimize the extent of their injuries. One is using contributory negligence as a defense, which claims that our clients actually played a part in causing their own injuries.
GTM: WHAT CHALLENGES HAVE YOU FACED IN STARTING THIS FIRM?
CHUCK: There are always challenges when starting any business. I was fortunate enough to have all of my clients from my previous firm to remain with me. One thing I can say is that I have prayed hard about my decision and the Lord led me down this path. One of my favorite Bible quotes is found in Matthew: “whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” That verse sums up what we do here. We try to provide quality service to each and every person we represent. Our clients are like family. We treat all of our clients equally, no matter the dollar amount of the lawsuit or their socio-economic background. We strive to give our clients the dignity and respect they deserve.
GTM: WHAT ARE SOME THINGS A PERSON SHOULD KNOW ABOUT FILING A CLAIM AGAINST AN 18 WHEELER?
CHUCK: We classify 18 wheelers as commercial vehicles. First, you should get as much information from the accident scene on the driver and truck as you can—that’s if you are still conscious. Document the scene. Today, we have cell phones that allow you to record any conversations you have with the driver and take pictures. The next step is to seek medical treatment. You have to make sure that you are fine medically. Next, contact a lawyer! The insurance companies that represent commercial vehicles are going to be on the scene within a matter of minutes. They have 24-hour rapid response teams that are often at the scene while the police are still there. In my cases, I send what is known as a spoliation letter to the trucking company and their driver instructing them to preserve the 18 wheeler and NOT to repair it. Like airplanes, many commercial trucks have a black box that stores data such as how fast the truck was driving and how many hours it was in operation. Lastly, do your due diligence in choosing a lawyer. Don’t just run out and get the first lawyer that you see on TV. Make sure you ask the lawyer about their experience in dealing with these types of cases.
Chuck is married to LLoriaMunnerlyn James, who serves as a Municipal Judge for the City of Montgomery. He and his wife are proud parents of one daughter, Aiden. Chuck is currently President of the Montgomery County Association for Justice and is immediate past president of the Capital City Bar Association. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Brantwood Children’s Home and Young Life. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc and Stillman Masonic Lodge #490. Chuck is very compassionate about helping his clients obtain justice. To contact Chuck for a FREE consultation, call 1-855-SERIOUS or visit www.seriouslawyers.com.