Jim is a partner in the law firm of Ferguson, Hayes, Hawkins & DeMay, PLLC in Concord, North Carolina. His practice is primarily devoted to representation of builders, developers, and other real estate professionals, and he regularly represents clients seeking recovery of illegal development fees paid to local governments. Along with his partner Jim Scarbrough, Jim represented the builders and developers in the landmark North Carolina Supreme Court case of Lanvale Properties, LLC v. Cabarrus County, which invalidated the Cabarrus County school impact fee ordinance and resulted in Cabarrus County refunding approximately $6.2 million in illegal school impact fees to builders and developers. Jim later represented the builders and developers in the recent North Carolina Supreme Court case of Quality Built Homes, Inc. v. Town of Carthage, where the Supreme Court invalided the Town of Carthage water and sewer impact fee ordinances, and held that municipalities and counties in North Carolina lack authority to charge fees for future water and sewer services. Jim presently represents builder and developer clients in water and sewer impact fee refund lawsuits against a number of North Carolina local governments, including Union County, Concord, Kannapolis, Harrisburg, and Harnett County.