Tracy T. James

North Carolina

Hamilton Stephens Steele + Martin, PLLC
525 North Tryon Street, Suite 1400
Charlotte, NC 28202
United States

Tel: 704.227.1052


Tracy James practices with the firm’s Commercial Construction Group in Charlotte.

Tracy advises owners, contractors, design professionals, and suppliers throughout the Southeast, on industry related matters, including:

  • Contract drafting, review, and negotiation;
  • Contract Administration;
  • Project Delivery;
  • Construction Technology;
  • Delay, scheduling and/or change in scope claims;
  • Construction and design defects;
  • Insurance and Surety agreements;
  • Accounts Collection, Mechanic’s Lien, and Payment/Performance Bond Claims.

Mrs. James is also a certified SC and NC mediator and an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”). Mrs. James practiced previously as a partner with Nexsen Pruet PLLC.

Practical and down to earth, Tracy comes from a family of developers, so Construction Law is a natural fit.  She understands the practical demands of the industry in addition to its legal components. Ranked by Chambers and Partners (USA – Band 1) as a leading construction practitioner, interviewees commend her trial strength, stating; “She thinks four moves ahead of witnesses in cross-examination and they are unaware of the trap they are walking into.” Clients commend her “responsiveness” and “practical solutions” but praise her vigor advocating for clients when litigation becomes inevitable.

  • Judicial Clerkship, The Hon. John C. Hayes, III, Sixteenth Judicial Circuit, South Carolina (2005-2006)
  • Wake Forest University School of Law, J.D. (2005)
  • Furman University, B.A. (2002)

The Construction Practice Group at Hamilton Stephens Steele + Martin, PLLC, understands the complex role of the various parties involved in the development, design and construction of real estate. We regularly represent:

  • owners/developers
  • trade contractors litigating multi-million dollar claims involving hospitals, prisons and other public projects
  • regulators
  • neighborhood groups
  • homeowners associations
  • contractors
  • subcontractors
  • construction mangers
  • architects
  • engineers
  • surveyors and other design professionals
  • sureties
  • liability insurance carriers
  • and others in disputes related to all aspects of real estate development

Our team has decades of experience in dealing with complex construction matters, and our lawyers are regularly recognized as leaders in their field, many of whom have been named by their peers as “Elite” and the “Best in America”. Our representation and experience spans all segments of the construction industry, and we have represented clients in public and private, multi-prime design-build and joint venture projects. We represent a number of municipalities and regularly give advice on the requirements of public bidding and other construction law issues pertaining to public projects.

Hamilton Stephens Steele + Martin is a law firm of recognized excellence where our commitment to our families, our communities, and each other strengthens our service to you, our clients. We are comprised of leaders in our respective legal fields and through our team approach we are able to provide efficient and effective legal services to individuals, small to mid-sized businesses, and municipalities.

Hamilton Stephens Steele + Martin, PLLC was formed over twenty years ago, when a group of founding partners left several large national firms–with the goal of creating a nimble mid-sized firm with the ability to provide its clients with legal services that are both high quality and cost effective.

Today, HSSM fulfills this goal as a well-regarded litigation and construction law boutique. Based in Charlotte, HSSM’s attorneys practice not only in the Carolinas and the southeastern United States but also assist clients wherever their legal needs arise, both nationally and internationally.

Tracy James represents a wide array of clients, including owners, contractors and design professionals. Her practice includes litigation arising from design defect, delay and surety claims, as well as contract negotiation and project management.
Chambers & Partners