Smith, James, Rowlett & Cohen, L.L.P.

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Firm Overview

Workers' compensation, personal injury and business litigation law firm provides compassionate assistance.
With more than 90 years of combined experience, the attorneys of Smith, James, Rowlett & Cohen, L.L.P. have been dedicated to giving their clients the attention, advice, support and empowerment they need to meet their goals effectively.

At Smith, James, Rowlett & Cohen, L.L.P., we uphold the high levels of professionalism, integrity and commitment that represent the foundation of our firm. We are committed to providing steadfast advocacy to the members of the North Carolina community.

Knowledgeable, experienced and compassionate North Carolina attorneys
We represent clients on a wide variety of legal matters throughout the Piedmont Triad area. We are a full service law firm for individuals looking for attorneys they can consult about legal matters that arise
in daily life, from the need for a will to claims from an injury. We have earned an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest recognition possible in the legal industry for professionalism and ethics.

In addition, all of our attorneys are listed in recent editions of the prestigious compilation, The Best Lawyers in America: Norman B. Smith in the Appellate, First Amendment, and Labor and Employment Law sections; J. David James and Seth R. Cohen in Labor and Employment Law; and Margaret Rowlett in Workers' Compensation law.

Complete solutions for your legal issues in North Carolina
Because legal issues are often intertwined, we look at the big picture and consider how a legal problem in one area could impact another part of your life. When you work with us, you reap the benefits of the knowledge and experience of every lawyer in our firm. Operating on a team basis, we devise complete solutions to your legal issues.

Areas we can help you with include:
-Labor and employment
-Constitutional
-Workers' compensation
-Business litigation
-Environmental
-Wrongful death
-Divorce
-Mediation
-Negligence
-Personal injury
-Wills and probate
-Product liability
-Shareholder and investor rights
-Civil and criminal trials
-Appeals
-Antitrust
-Education
-Civil rights
Main Office

Main Office
101 South Elm Street, Suite 310, The Law Center, P.O. BOX 990
Greensboro  NC  27402

Phone
  • 336-274-2992
Personal Injury
Greensboro Personal Injury Attorneys
Providing compassionate assistance for victims in North Carolina
Personal injury is a serious matter that can drastically affect your health, your job, your family and your future. If you have suffered an injury because of somebody else's negligence, you need an experienced personal injury attorney by your side. While you concentrate on getting well, personal injury attorneys at Smith, James, Rowlett & Cohen, L.L.P. in Greensboro diligently pursue the compensation you need to get your life back on track.

Experienced lawyers on your side
Our attorneys have more than 90 years of combined experience in this area of the law. We have witnessed the heartache that results from serious injury and wrongful death. With compassion and resolve, we have achieved justice for families devastated by motor vehicle accidents, defective products, dangerous prescription drugs, unsafe work conditions and professional medical negligence. We take great satisfaction in helping injured victims obtain full compensation for their past and future medical bills, lost income, emotional distress, and pain and suffering. By teaming with the finest physicians, engineers and other experts, we are able to maximize your recovery.

The inability to work combined with the accumulation of medical bills adds financial strain to the stress of injury. At Smith, James, Rowlett & Cohen, L.L.P., we handle your personal injury claim on a contingency basis. That means you don't have to pay us to represent you until we recover compensation for you through a settlement or a trial.

Knowledgeable help when you need it most
Consulting an attorney immediately following an injury is essential to the preservation of crucial evidence and witness testimony. In addition, North Carolina law places time limits on filing personal injury claims. To ensure timely investigation of your claim, we can schedule appointments on weekends or evenings and make hospital and home visits. Our offices are conveniently located in Greensboro.

Margaret Rowlett

Practice areas
-Civil litigation
-Workers' compensation
-Negligence
-Employment law
-Appellate practice
-Mediation

Admitted
-North Carolina, 1990
-U.S. District Court, Middle District of North Carolina, 1990

Education
-Emory & Henry College, B.A.
-Duke University, J.D. and M.A. in Public Policy Studies.


Certifications
-Board Certified Specialist in Workers' Compensation, North Carolina State Board of Legal Specialization.
-NCDRC Certified Superior Court Mediator.


Recognitions
-Selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the specialty of Workers' Compensation Law.
-Selected for inclusion in North Carolina Super Lawyers magazine.

Associations & memberships
-North Carolina Advocates for Justice
-North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys

Biographical details
Nonprofit Involvement:
-Reading Connections, Inc., board member (2009 to present) and current board chair.
-Quaker House of Fayetteville, Inc., board member (2008 to present).
-AFSC, AFR Committee, member (2007 to present).
-Carolina Adoption Services, board member (2008 to 2011).
-Friends of the GSYO, board member (2007 to 2011).
Education
  • Duke University
    Juris Doctorate

Norman B. Smith

Practice areas
-Civil trials
-Antitrust
-Employment
-Constitutional
-Environmental
-Shareholder and investor rights
-Negligence
-Product liability

Admitted
-North Carolina, 1965
-U.S. Supreme Court, 1969

Education
-University of North Carolina, A.B. with honors
-Harvard University, LL.B.

Recognition
-AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest recognition possible in the legal industry for professionalism and ethics
-Selected by his peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers of America, First Amendment and Labor and Employment law sections.
Awarded the first Norman Smith Award presented by the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina in 1993. Received the -ACLU-NC's Frank Porter Graham Award in 1978.
-Listed in North Carolina Super Lawyers magazine in the General Litigation section.

Associations & memberships
-Greensboro, North Carolina (Chair, Antitrust and Trade Regulation Section, 1997-1998) and American Bar Associations

Biographical details
Phi Beta Kappa. Author: "A Plea for the Total Ban of Land Mines by International Treaty," 17 Loyola of Los Angeles International and Comparative Law Journal 507, 1995; "Constitutional Rights of Students, Their Families and Teachers in the Public Schools," 10 Campbell Law Review 353, 1988; "The Death Penalty as an Unconstitutional Deprivation of Life and the Right to Privacy," 25 Boston College Law Review 743, 1984; "Age Discrimination," 29 Am. Jur. Trials, 1982; "...Shall Make No Law Abridging...: An Analysis of the Neglected, But Nearly Absolute, Right of Petition," 54 University of Cincinnati Law Review 1153, 1985. Co-Author: with Smith and Gebala, "Job Security for Public Employees," 31 Washington & Lee Law Review 545, 1974; with Smith and Singer, "Limitations on Federal Judicial Power," 14 Wake Forest Law Review 711, 1978; with Sith and Leggette, "Recent Issues in Litigation Under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act," 41 Ohio State Law Journal 349, 1980; Domestic Relations, N.C. Law Practice System, 1984; Collections, N.C. Law Practice System, 1984; with William A. Carroll, "American Constitutional Rights," University Press of America, 1991. Visiting Lecturer, University of North Carolina School of Law, 1979. Extern Professor, Vermont Law School, 1985.

Military service
-U.S. Navy, active duty, 1960-1962

Cases
-Bumper v. North Carolina, 391 U.S. 543 (1968)
-Bishop v. Wood, 426 U.S. 341 (1976)
-Re Little, 404 U.S. 553 (1972)
-Jones v. North Carolina Prisoners Labor Union, Inc., 433 U.S. 119 (1977)
-Lorillard v. Pons, 434 U.S. 575 (1978)
-Springer v. Joseph Schlitz Brewing Co., 510 F.2d 468 (4th Cir. 1975)
-U.S. v. Snider, 502 F.2d 645 (4th Cir. 1974)
-In Re Hennis, 276 N.C. 571, 173 S.E.2d 785 (1970)
-Woodson v. Rowland, 329 N.C. 330, 407 S.E.2d 222 (1991)
Education
  • Harvard University
    LL.B.

J. David James

Practice areas
-Civil litigation
-Labor law
-Employment law
-Constitutional rights

Admitted
-North Carolina, 1971
-U.S. Supreme Court, 1974

Education
-Davidson College, B.A.
-University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, J.D.

Recognitions
AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest recognition possible in the legal industry for professionalism and ethics
Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Labor and Employment Law Section.

Associations & memberships
-North Carolina Bar Association
-North Carolina Advocates for Justice

Biographical details
Order of the Coif. Member, Board of Editors and Business Manager, North Carolina Law Review, 1970-1971.

Military service
-U.S. Army, active duty, 1966-1968

Cases
-Chauffeurs, Teamsters and Helpers, Local No. 391 v. Terry, 494 U.S. 558 (1990)
-Middleton v. Russell Group, Ltd., 132 N.C.App. 792 (1999)
Education
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Juris Doctorate

Seth R. Cohen

Practice areas
-Civil litigation
-State and federal criminal defense
-Civil and constitutional rights
-Labor and employment law
-Capital litigation



Admitted
-North Carolina, 1991
-U.S. District Court, Middle District of North Carolina, 1992
-U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit, 1993
-U.S. District Court, Western District of North Carolina, 1994
-U.S. Supreme Court, 1997
-U.S. District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina, 2000

Education
-University of Georgia, B.A. and A.B.J.; Phi Beta Kappa; Phi Kappa Phi.
-University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, J.D.; Order of the Coif; Order of the Barristers. Member, Carolyn B. Davis Society.

Recognitions
AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest recognition possible in the legal industry for professionalism and ethics
Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Labor and Employment Law Section.
Listed in North Carolina Super Lawyers.

Associations & memberships
-Greensboro Criminal Defense Lawyers Association

Biographical details
Adjunct Professor, Wake Forest University School of Law, 1999 - present.
General Counsel, American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina.
Education
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Juris Doctorate
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