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PO BOX 4548


Office: 910.399.3447

Direct: 910.444.5544

Mobile: 919.219.8524


Civil Litigation

Estate Litigation

Real Estate Litigation


University of North Carolina School of Law

     JD, 2002

     Order of Barristers

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    BA, with distinction, 1992


2002, North Carolina

2002, US District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina

2004, US District Court, Middle District of North Carolina

2014, US Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit

Achievements & Superlatives

2015 - 2020 Rated “AV Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell®

2017 - 2020 Included in Judicial Edition by Martindale-Hubbell®

2017 - 2020 “America’s Most Honored Lawyers” (Top 1%) by Martindale-Hubbell® and The American Registry®

2019 “Lawyer of the Year” for Litigation – Insurance in Wilmington, NC - Best Lawyers in America®

23rd – 27th Editions of the Best Lawyers in America® (2017 – 2020)

Named “Rising Star” by SuperLawyers® (2012)

North Carolina Pro Bono Honor Society (2017)


North Carolina Bar Association

     Litigation Section

     Real Estate Section

     Trusts and Estates Section

Beaufort County Bar Association

Judicial District 3A Bar

Community Involvement

Attends Harvest Church in Washington, NC

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Board of Visitors

Recreation Advisory Committee for City of Washington, NC

Beaufort County Crime Stoppers Board

James "Jay" Holland is a commercial litigator with nearly twenty years of experience. Jay left partnership from a large Southeastern law firm to practice in his native Eastern North Carolina. Jay rejoins some of his long-time colleagues at Lee Kaess, and brings a wealth of litigation experience and insight to our growing firm.

Prior to attending law school, Jay gained significant experience in the insurance industry as a property and casualty, and medical malpractice claims representative for major insurers.

Jay Holland has extensive experience in personal injury litigation, including matters involving automobile accidents, slip and falls, product liability injuries, and medical malpractice claims.

Jay has represented clients in will contests, claims against estates, breach of fiduciary duty cases, and trust modifications.

He has handled a wide variety of real estate matters, including title insurance claims, boundary disputes and partition actions, reformations of title instruments, disputes as to priority of security instruments, contested foreclosures, evictions and ejectments, landlord-tenant actions, disputes over restrictive covenants and easements, and other land use and zoning matters.

Jay has also litigated matters involving disputes over commercial contracts and negotiable instruments, the collection of debts, the recovery of collateral under security agreements, and insurance policies.

In the employment law context, Jay has represented employers and employees in numerous employment law matters, including cases over non-compete and non-disclosure agreements, trade secrets, and wrongful discharge claims.

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