James NarronJames Narron focuses his practice on estate and trust planning, asset protection, and tax planning and controversies for high net worth individuals. He has broad experience with estate and trust planning, tax planning and tax controversies, and has worked with companies across the southeastern United States. His experience includes numerous appeals and litigation, particularly in state appellate courts.

James speaks and writes frequently on tax issues, and has delivered recent lectures at the Georgia Federal Tax Conference, the Duke Estate Planning Council Annual Seminar, and the Virginia Bar Association Estate Planning and Administration Section Annual Meeting. He served as Vice President of the North Carolina Bar Association in 2016 and 2017.

James is a native of Johnston County and still farms the land that came from his grandfather, where he raises registered South Devon cattle and pine timber. He is active in community and philanthropic endeavors, including recent service as Chairman of the North Carolina Community Foundation, Incorporated.

Primary Practice Areas: Estates and Trusts, TaxCivil LitigationCorporate

Contact Information
Phone: (919) 934-0049
Fax: (919) 934-6280
Email: jwnarron@nowlaw.com

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (A.B. 1970)
Wake Forest University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1975)
New York University School of Law (LL.M. in Taxation, 1983)

North Carolina; United States District Court, Eastern District of N.C.; U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit; U.S. Tax Court; U.S. Claims Court; U.S. Supreme Court


  • AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Best Lawyers in America for work in Trusts and Estates (since 1999)
  • Rated by Super Lawyers as one of North Carolina’s Top 10 Lawyers (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018), Best 100 Lawyers (since 2006), and Raleigh’s Best 25 Lawyers (since 2013)
  • Listed in Business North Carolina as a Top Tax and Estate Planning Lawyer in North Carolina (2001-2008), Hall of Fame (2007)

Professional Activities

  • Board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning and Probate Law
  • Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (1989 – Present)
  • Fellow, American College of Tax Counsel (2017)
  • Vice-President of the North Carolina Bar Association (2015- 2017)
  • Duke Estate Planning Council (2014- Present)
  • Faculty at the American Bankers Association Southeastern Trust School, Campbell University (1993-2015)
  • Faculty at the American Bankers Association National Trust School (2000-2003)
  • Councilor, North Carolina State Bar (1995-1997)
  • Adjunct Faculty at Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law, Campbell University (1984-1996)
  • Chair of the North Carolina State Bar Specialty Certification Committee for Board Certification in Estate Planning and Probate Law (1993-1995)

Community Involvement

  • Presidential Board of Advisors, Campbell University (2003- Present)
  • Advisory Board, First Citizens Bank and Trust Company (1995- Present)
  • Board of Trustees, Johnston Community College (2003-2015)
  • Board of Directors, Public Library of Smithfield and Johnston County (2002-2015)
  • Board of Directors (2003- Present) and Chairman (2009-2013), North Carolina Community Foundation, Inc.
  • Citizen of the Year, Greater Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce (2006)
  • Gertrude S. Carraway Award of Merit for Outstanding Achievement in Historic Preservation, Historic Preservation Foundation of North Carolina, Inc. (2006)
  • Distinguished Citizen of the Year, Boy Scouts of America, Neusiok District (2003)
  • Recipient of the Governor’s Award for Leadership in Downtown Development (1988)
  • Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America

Lectures and Publications

  • Campbell University Law Review
  • Virginia Bar Association (Estate Planning and Administration section)
  • Georgia Bar Association (Estate and Trust Law section)
  • Georgia Federal Tax Conference
  • North Carolina Bar Association (Tax, Estate Planning, Fiduciary Law, and Domestic Relations Law sections)
  • South Carolina Bar (Estate and Trust Law section)
  • West Texas Bankruptcy Bar Association
  • Colorado Bar Association (Estate Planning section)
  • Duke University Estate Planning Council
  • University of Miami, Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning
  • American Bankers Association, Annual Asset Management and Marketing Conference (New York and San Francisco)
  • IRS National Estate and Gift Tax Continuing Professional Education (Chicago)
  • Queens University Estate Planning Day (Charlotte)
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, Southeast Region

Military Service

  • Active Duty Line Officer, United States Navy (1970-1973)
  • Inactive Reserve Lieutenant, United States Navy (1973-1992)