James D. Gillespie


James Davis Gillespie was born in Elkin, North Carolina, and is a graduate of Starmount High School, and of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He received his Juris Doctorate from The Cumberland School of Law of Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, graduating magna cum laude in 1980. While in law school he was an associate editor of the Cumberland Law Review, wrote for the American Journal of Trial Advocacy and was inducted into Curia Honoris, an academic honor society.

After passing the North Carolina Bar Examination in 1980, James began the private practice of law with Charles M. Neaves, Sr., a former District Attorney and Superior Court Judge, and practiced in various state and federal courts throughout the state. Together, they formed Neaves & Gillespie in 1983.

James is a member of the North Carolina State Bar, the North Carolina Bar Association, the Surry County Bar Association and the 17-B District Bar Association. He was a member of the town council for the town of Jonesville for two years, and mayor for eight years. He has served on numerous boards, and is a past chairman of the Northwest Piedmont Council of Governments in Winston Salem, and the Surry-Yadkin Mental Health Authority. James and Regina met in 1994 and married in 1998. He has one son, John, and two step-children, Neil and Linda. James and Regina reside in Jonesville, North Carolina.


124 West Main Street
P.O. Box 771
Elkin , North Carolina , 28621
United States

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