About Our Firm
Our team is knowledgeable and experienced. Our
attorneys have decades of combined experience in a variety of
legal areas and have a proven track record of achieving results.
What We Do
As your local full-service law firm serving primarily Wake, Harnett, and Johnston Counties since 1989, we offer a full range of legal services to individuals and businesses including corporate formation and business creation, complex business disputes and litigation, commercial real estate transactions, estate planning, personal injury, criminal defense, and family law litigation.
Purposefully staying at a size that allows us to be a responsive, client-focused firm enables us to do what we love best: help real people solve real problems. For us, the law is not a business or a job – it is a calling, a duty, and a sacred responsibility.
The Cumalander Adcock Team
Our team is knowledgeable and experienced. Our attorneys have decades of combined experience in a variety of legal areas and have a proven track record of achieving results. Our team is tough and prepared. Our litigators routinely go up against the big law firms, insurance companies and, in the criminal context, against the full power of the State of North Carolina.
While we believe that going to court is rarely the best first option and seek to help clients resolve disputes amicably where possible, we enjoy the courtroom. Fighting for your legal rights is what we do, and we effectively and efficiently apply all available resources to achieve your legal objectives in the most cost-effective manner.
Our litigators have the reputation of being tough, ethical opponents, and we know that reputation is built on results and satisfied clients. Our team is humble and helpful. We believe in providing quality personal service to our clients, and building relationships in the process. We understand that to truly help our clients, we must first understand them and their needs.
When you hire Cumalander Adcock, you can expect to have
personal attention from your lawyer, not a junior associate or
member of our staff. We intentionally avoid being a stuffy or
flashy “big-city” law firm with its high billing rates and corporate
Great Location. Great Service
We live, play, and raise our children here, and when you work with the Cumalander Adcock team, you are a friend and neighbor as well as a client. Treating every client and every case with the attention and diligence they deserve is the cornerstone of all we do.
Who We Are
JAMES S. ADCOCK III
James is a Fuquay-Varina native who represents a variety
of business, government and individual clients across the
State of North Carolina. He focuses his practice on
commercial real estate, land use and development matters
along with estate and business planning. In addition to his
private practice, he currently serves as Town Attorney for
the Town of Fuquay-Varina, advising the Town Board, staff
and advisory boards on a variety of local government
matters. Mr. Adcock prides himself in being a trusted
advisor to individuals and businesses and strives to be
available, proactive and practical in his approach to
practice. His diverse background in the agricultural,
construction and land development industries gives him
the unique ability to understand what matters to his clients
and to assist them in obtaining results. In addition to being
an attorney, Mr. Adcock is a licensed commercial building
contractor and an instrument-rated private pilot. He
resides in Fuquay-Varina with his wife, Jennifer, and two
children, Charlotte and Stewart. Outside of the office Mr.
Adcock enjoys flying, building houses, and traveling.
Areas of practice:
Estate Planning and Administration
Real Property Development and Transactions
Business Planning and Transactions
Local Government and Land Use Matters
J.D. – The University of North Carolina School of Law,
Chapel Hill, NC
B.B.A. – Major in Trust and Wealth Management, Campbell
University, Buies Creek, NC
Brian received his Bachelor’s degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and his Juris Doctor, summa cum laude, from Campbell University School of Law, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Campbell Law Review and graduated first in his class. In addition to receiving numerous awards for academic excellence while in law school, he also authored award-winning published work in the area of constitutional law, was a semi-finalist in the Campbell Moot Court Competition, a judicial clerk extern on the N.C. Court of Appeals, and a member of Delta Theta Phi legal fraternity. Brian is currently licensed to practice law in the state courts of both North and South Carolina and is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Middle Districts of N.C.
Prior to joining Cumalander Adcock in 2017, Brian practiced as a litigator with Miller Law Group in Raleigh, drawing on his service as a judge in eastern North Carolina deciding workers’ compensation cases as a Deputy Commissioner of the N.C. Industrial Commission. He began his legal career as a litigator with the Raleigh law firm of Smith, Debnam, Narron, Drake, Saintsing & Myers, LLP, representing business clients throughout the Carolinas. In 2013, Brian left private practice and was appointed the Deputy General Counsel to the North Carolina Department of Transportation, where he served as an advisor to the Secretary of Transportation, the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles, and the Governor’s Economic Development Board. He was later appointed the Special Counsel to the NC State Board of Elections, where he primarily coordinated the agency’s role in the litigation of numerous and complex federal and state court cases, including cases appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.
At Cumalander Adcock, Brian’s practice is focused on only one thing: his clients. His practice is 100% devoted to litigation, and whether he’s guiding businesses of all sizes through complex litigation, fighting for the rights of injured workers in their workers’ compensation cases, or aggressively representing individuals in family court, Brian delivers to each and every client the personal attention and passionate representation they deserve from their lawyer.
As an attorney, Brian knows the law and how to achieve the best possible legal outcomes for his clients. But unlike many attorneys who go straight from college to law school, and whose first and only “real” job is as a lawyer, Brian has a diverse background that allows him to better understand and appreciate the needs of his clients. His clients appreciate that Brian knows what it means to work, to run a small business, and to face the prospect of losing what you’ve worked for. Brian’s first job was his paper route at age 11, and since then he has worked as a construction laborer, a boiler operator in a coal-fired power plant, a railroad freight conductor, and was a city police officer. His workers’ compensation clients especially appreciate that Brian also knows what it means to be injured on the job because he’s been there. He understands what his workers’ compensation clients face when they find themselves thrown into a complex legal system, unable to work and in need of medical treatment because it happened to him. His family law clients benefit from Brian’s own personal experience in family court prior to becoming a lawyer, because he has the perspective of going through the family court as a non-lawyer, and understands what his clients are going through.
Brian also knows what it means to face a challenge and to never quit. A proud military veteran, Brian enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps at 17 years old, and later went on to become an officer in the U.S. Army through the ROTC program at UNC-Chapel Hill. He served in infantry, cavalry, and armor units in the N.C. National Guard, and finished his military career with the 19th Special Forces Group in the W.V. National Guard. Brian now brings the toughness, determination, and tireless work-ethic instilled in him by his military service to serving his clients and fighting their legal battles.
Brian is the proud father of three boys, Michael, Jacob, and Joshua, and resides in southern Wake County. Brian is active in his community, and in 2018 was appointed by the N.C. Senate as a Commissioner of the State Rules Review Commission. He has also served as an appointed member of the Wake County Planning Board, and on the board of non-profit organizations. He has coached youth football with the Town of Fuquay-Varina and currently serves as an Assistant Scoutmaster with Boy Scout Troop 614. He is a Master Mason, attending Cary Lodge #198 AF&AM. Brian is an avid sailor and outdoorsman, and in his free time, you’re likely to find him exploring the waters of the North Carolina coast with his family aboard his sailboat S/V Resolution, backpacking the Appalachian Trail, or hunting and fishing with his sons.
Honors and Awards
- E.A. Morris Fellowship for Emerging Leaders, 2011 – 2012
- I. Beverly Lake Award for Excellence in Constitutional Law, 2011 – Present
- Professional Associations and Memberships
- North Carolina Advocates for Justice
- Member, Legal Affairs Committee
- Wake County/Tenth Judicial District Bar
- Member, Professionalism Committee
- National Association of Workers’ Compensation Judiciary
- Federalist Society, Triangle Lawyers Chapter
- Litigation Percentage
- 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
- Published Works
- “The Least of These:” A Constitutional Challenge to North Carolina’s Sexual Offender Laws and Section 14-208.18, 33 N.C. Cent. L. Rev. 53 (2010)
- Past Employment Positions
- NC Industrial Commission, Deputy Commissioner
- NC State Board of Elections, Special Counsel
- Fraternities/Sororities Delta Theta Phi