Firm Biography


James E. Snyder, Jr. was born June 30, 1945 in Davidson County, North Carolina. He is married to Sandra Craver Snyder, and they have two children and six grandchildren. He began his practice as an associate with Leonard and Snyder in 1970, the law firm founded by his late father, J. Eugene Snyder, and Joe H. Leonard in 1962 and became a partner in that firm in 1972. From 1981 until present he has been a sole practitioner. Throughout those thirty-seven years he primarily has been engaged as a trial attorney in both civil and criminal courts. Significant time of his practice has been involved with estates, estate planning and real property matters. His academic interests primarily are corporation law and insurance law.

He graduated from Wake Forest College with a B.A. degree in history in 1967 and from the Wake Forest University School of Law with a Juris Doctors degree in 1970. He was admitted to the North Carolina Bar in 1970; to the U.S. Tax Court in 1971; to the Federal Middle District (N.C.) Court in 1971; to the Federal Eastern District (N.C.) Court in 2006; to the United States Court of Appeals in 1978; and to the United States Supreme Court in 1978. From 1991 he has lectured for the Wake Forest University School of Law Continuing Legal Education Program on the subjects of final arguments in criminal cases, corporation law and insurance law. He is a member of the Select Committee of the Board of Law Examiners for the state of North Carolina and served as a member of the Board of Visitors for the Wake Forest University Divinity School. In 1971 he was a member of the North Carolina House of Representatives. From 1973 to 1981 he was a trustee of Davidson County Community College. He is the author of seventeen books, of which three are multiple editions.

He finished second to now Senator Elizabeth Dole in the 2002 N.C. Republican Primary for U.S. Senate and was the Republican Nominee for Lieutenant Governor in the N.C. 2004 General Election.

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Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice


Mr. Snyder's practice primarily is involved with this field of law which includes medical malpractice cases. This firm manages the entire spectrum of civil personal injury litigation including the investigation, negotiation and trial of lawsuits, the benefits of which are to attempt to protect the general public and to insure individual rights to the injured against offending parties and their insurers. He assists the client in understanding the interrelationship of processes involved with complex litigation. He attempts to achieve a resolution which is beneficial to the client without undue court expense and trial activity.

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Estate Administration and Estate Planning      


The issues of the estate administration and estate planning are interrelated. For the attorney effectively to advise clients with regard to estate planning, he or she fully must be familiar with the processes and challenges of  estate administration. Regarding estate planning, the attorney works with the clients and their advisors, including accountants and insurance agents, to fashion a plan which will result in assets being devised appropriately, as the client desires, while at the same time recognizing and assisting with tax savings. Most clients require either a standard simple will, a simple will with trust provisions providing for delay of distribution of assets to children and the more complicated tax wills which provide significant savings for those clients with estates of greater values.                 

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Corporations, Limited Liability Companies and Business Law


Because of Mr. Snyder's authorship in this area he enjoys a particular interest in counseling clients regarding corporate and business matters and civil litigation associated with those subjects. His involvement includes the organization of business entities and the drafting of agreements such as shareholder agreements and operating agreements to achieve the desires of the client.

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Real Estate Closings


As do most attorneys, he assists clients with the purchase of homes and land and counseling those clients through the intricacies of legal and financial relationships. As a closing attorney he and his real estate paralegal assist the home-buyer by examining the title, preparation of loan closing documents, and advising the client regarding the most appropriate opportunities arising from such transactions.

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Domestic Relations


Mr. Snyder is particularly interested in counseling with individuals during difficult periods of domestic discord. These occasions are meaningful opportunities for reconciliation, not only in a physical sense but also in a business, legal and emotional sense. His practice assists individuals with the drafting of separation agreements, litigation involving child custody and visitation and the complex issues of equitable distribution of marital property as well as alimony and post-separation support issues. He encourages the mediation processes which can resolve domestic issues in order to avoid or decrease costs.

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Criminal Law


  The practice of criminal law provides to an attorney the paramount opportunities to counsel the accused in situations which are and can be devastating to defendants and their families. Mr. Snyder's first trial experience was in the area of criminal trial practice. He continues to participate in the vigorous arena of major criminal trials. An emphasis is made during the negotiation processes with respective District Attorneys' offices to insure that the client has the opportunity for a plea which is fair under the circumstances while insuring that the client understands all processes involved with interrelationships between judges, juries and defendants. He desires to make certain that clients understand all risks, and that clients achieve every potential for success at each stage of the process.

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