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James M. Tatum, Jr. 

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Practice Areas:

  • Real Estate Law
  • Commercial Construction & Development Litigation
  • Corporate Commercial and Banking
  • Mergers & Acquisitions


Jim Tatum served as General Counsel to Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority and counseled wide-ranging clients in general corporate and regulatory matters, contracts, transaction planning and corporate finance. 

  • As General Counsel to Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority, he assisted with matters relating to construction, public finance, contracts and tenant leasing and general administration and governance.
  • Mr. Tatum represented business and non-profit corporations, partnerships, and limited liability companies engaged in a wide range of businesses, including construction, real estate development, retirement communities, and sales and marketing.

Past Positions

  • Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority, General Counsel

Professional Associations

  • North Carolina Bar Association: Business Law and Construction Law
  • American Bar Association: State and Local Government Law and Construction Law
  • Legal Committee of the Airports Council International


  • University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
    • J.D. - 1974
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
    • B.A. - 1970
    • Honors: Morehead Scholar
  • Woodberry Forest School

    Bar Admissions

    • North Carolina, 1974
    • U.S. District Court Middle District of North Carolina, 1974
    • U.S. District Court Eastern District of North Carolina, 1974
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1980


    • AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™