James N. Markels joined Jackson & Campbell in 2010 as an Associate in the Firm's Real Property & Asset Management, and General Litigation Practice Groups, where he handles a wide variety of civil lawsuits and appeals. Before J&C, James was a litigator in McLean, Virginia, where he represented businesses before state and federal courts in matters involving contracts, trade secrets, employment law, landlord-tenant law, and bankruptcy. He also has experience in litigating insurance coverage and tort matters. James was selected as a Super Lawyer for Appellate, Civil Litigation, and Real Property Law by Super Lawyers Magazine, published by Thomson Reuters, in 2015 and 2016, and was a "Super Lawyer: Rising Star" in 2014. James also has an AV Preeminent™ rating from Martindale-Hubbell®.
James is an active member of the Fairfax Bar Association and a Fairfax native. He has organized and moderated several CLEs, currently serves as Chairman for the FBA’s CLE Committee, and received the Fairfax Bar Association 2013 President’s Award for outstanding service to the bar. Pursuant to his love of appellate practice, he publishes same-day summaries of noteworthy opinions issued by the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the D.C. and Fourth Circuits, and the Virginia Supreme Court for the public, which are available here. He is an editor of the D.C. Superior Court Civil Practice Manual, and an arbitrator for the D.C. Attorney/Client Arbitration Board.
James received his J.D., cum laude, from George Mason University School of Law, where he was an associate editor of the Civil Rights Law Journal and a member of the Moot Court Board. He also served as the school's Honor Committee Chairman for two years. James received a B.S. in Telecommunications from Ohio University.