R. James Lore

Throughout most of Jim Lore's more than 35 years of practicing law in the State of North Carolina, he has focused on the litigation of workers' compensation, class action and professional sports injuries cases.

Early in his career as a licensed attorney, Jim began to concentrate on the field of workers' compensation law.  Since then, he has litigated hundreds of workers' compensation cases before the North Carolina Industrial Commission as well as more than 100 cases before the North Carolina Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of North Carolina.  Many of the decisions involving these cases are considered to be significant in workers' compensation law.

In the late 1970's and early 1980's, Jim and a few colleagues formed a group that ultimately became the Workers' Compensation Section of the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers.  Thereafter for many years, he chaired either the Workers' Compensation Section or the Workers' Compensation Committee or both.  During that same time period, Jim also served on the North Carolina Bar Association's Workers' Compensation Committee and on its Litigation Council.  Jim is also a frequent lecturer on the topic of workers' compensation.

Setting the Standard

Selected by the North Carolina State Bar, Jim was among a few lawyers chosen specifically to establish the standards an attorney must meet in order to become Board Certified in Workers' Compensation.  Along with a few others attorneys, Jim created and administered the examination for other counsel seeking to become board certified in the field.

Jim is also among a small group of attorneys that drafted what later was used verbatim by the North Carolina Legislature as the 1994 Revisions to the Workers' Compensation Act.

35 years of expertise

Jim began his legal career as Associate and Assistant Attorney General for the Office of the Attorney General for the State of North Carolina Department of Justice.  After three years, he began focusing on workers' compensation law.  He became a partner with Hassell, Hudson and Lore Attorneys at Law, where he practiced for four years.  In 1983, Jim partnered with R. Edwin McClearen at the law firm of Lore & McClearen, and their practice was limited to workers' compensation and civil litigation on behalf of plaintiffs.  In 2002, his partner retired while Jim transitioned into a solo practice.

A Raleigh, North Carolina native, Jim earned his bachelor of science degree in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University in 1973, and graduated Magna Cum Laude with his juris doctor degree from North Carolina Central University in 1976.

Bar Membership

State of North Carolina, August 24, 1976
United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
United States District Court
Eastern District North Carolina
Middle District North Carolina
Western District North Carolina