About Us

Who We Are

Compassionate Advocates

James, McElroy & Diehl is a full service law firm in Charlotte, NC, representing individuals and businesses in the areas of family law and divorce, corporate law, alternative dispute resolution, appellate advocacy, automotive / dealer, bankruptcy, civil litigation, criminal, estates, labor & employment, real property, securities, and tax.

Our attorneys realize the value of taking on challenging work, promoting compassionate advocacy and obtaining outcomes that justify professional pride. We do all of this while maintaining an environment that supports our passion for the practice of law.

Team Approach

The firm takes pride in our lack of formal internal structure – the atmosphere is relaxed, collegial and non-competitive. Although individuals specialize in areas of practice, there are no formal departments. We work in teams and encourage a wide range of perspectives to ensure as many legal implications as possible are considered. Our attorneys thrive on interaction with our clients and each other. They regularly share the knowledge they’ve acquired in order to more creatively, comprehensively and cost-effectively solve our clients legal problems.

What We Offer

Pragmatic Solutions

James, McElroy & Diehl recognizes our clients’ need for pragmatic solutions to problems in all areas of their personal and professional lives. We bring the following attributes to every attorney-client relationship:


Broad Spectrum of Legal Expertise

We deliver a full range of legal matters and stay at the forefront of every area in which we work.



The loyal and tenacious representation our clients is never influenced by our own interests, business or social concerns.


Unsurpassed Work Ethic

We are known for expending whatever effort is necessary to satisfy our clients’ needs.


Common Sense

Our firm resists the “one-size-fits-all” trend and instead views our clients’ individual situations on a case by case basis and real-world implications.


Holistic Approach

Our attorneys strive to understand each client’s ultimate objectives and to keep those objectives in mind.



We believe law remains primarily a profession rather than a business. We have no minimum billable hour rules that may encourage “busy work.”

Corporate History

A Tradition Started by Henry James Jr.

1957-1959: Following service as an infantryman in the Korean War, Henry James Jr. settles in Charlotte, NC, after graduating from the University of Virginia School of Law. He begins his law practice as an associate with one of the largest firms in the city.

1959-1969: Henry James Jr. partners with a young lawyer from another large law firm in the city, forming the beginnings of James, McElroy & Diehl. With an interest in business and securities law, James concentrates the firm’s practice areas on business, securities and commercial real estate. Over the next ten years, it experiences steady growth.

1969-Present: Bill Diehl and Pender McElroy join the firm in 1969. Over the next 50+ years, James, McElroy & Diehl attract a high degree of recognition and respect from their peers and clients alike. The firm continues to expand its offering, add partners and associates, and fulfill its commitment to community and pro bono work.

In 2016, Bill Diehl retired. bill-diehl-thumbBill Diehl was the senior trial attorney at James, McElroy & Diehl, with more than forty-five years of court experience in civil, family and criminal law. He was a frequent lecturer and teacher in the field of trial practice and family law. After 47 years with James, McElroy & Diehl, Bill Diehl retired on December 31, 2016.

In 2019, James McElroy & Diehl celebrated its 60th anniversary.