Advocating on Behalf of the Accused Nearly 15 Years of Proven Experience on Your Side

Meet James F. Rutherford

James F. RutherfordTrusted Wilmington Criminal Defense Lawyer With Nearly 15 Years of Experience

James F. Rutherford grew up in North Carolina. He is a 2001 graduate of the University of North Carolina Wilmington and a 2005 graduate of the Michigan State University School of Law.

James takes special interest in criminal law cases. He has a true passion for advocating on behalf of the accused and helping to give them a voice in the criminal justice system. James cares and works tirelessly to fight each charge, no matter how tough or complicated.

He is a member of the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers and North Carolina Advocates for Justice.

In 2011, James became certified by the North Carolina State Bar as a specialist in state criminal law. 2013-2015 Super Lawyers named him a rising star. In 2015 he was rated AV Preeminent® by his peers for his exceptional ethical standards as well as his legal skill and successes. He is certified to administer standardized field sobriety tests by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration.

Superlawyers Rising Stars

  • Michigan State University School of Law – 2005
  • University of North Carolina – Wilmington, 2001
  • Criminal Law Specialist by the North Carolina State Bar
  • Certified in Field Sobriety Testing by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration

Call James F. Rutherford at (910) 595-1377 to discuss your criminal charges.

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Our Clients Share Their Experience

  • “James listened with intention, developed a strategy, thoroughly prepared me and completely made me feel assured that justice was on my side. ”

    Susan W.

  • “He prepared us both for the proceedings and made the experience as stress-free as possible.”

    Kara B.

  • “James Rutherford is the by far the best attorney to have to see you through your case.”


  • “James is always willing to go the extra mile for his clients.”


  • “He was able to get it dismissed and also represented my father who also won his case.”


  • “He went above and beyond his duties as an attorney and handled my case with skill and tact.”


  • “Outstanding professional, you're in great hands from the start.”


  • “He was always in great communication with us, organized, and reliable, which gave us the utmost confidence in him.”


  • “He stepped up and did an outstanding job.”


  • “You could see it on his face he actually cares about children in the school and their rights as individuals.”


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