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Mr. Markels is an associate in the Firm’s General Litigation and Trial, Professional Responsibility, and Real Estate Practice Groups, where he handles a wide variety of civil lawsuits and appeals. Previously, 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, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020 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 (FBA) and a Fairfax, Virginia native. He has organized and moderated dozens of continuing legal education (CLE) courses, served as Chairman for the FBA’s CLE Committee, and received the FBA’s 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 District of Columbia and Fourth Circuits, and the Virginia Supreme Court for the public, which are available on the Jackson & Campbell blog.

James joined Jackson & Campbell, P.C. in 2010. He 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 Bachelor of Science in telecommunications from Ohio University.