Adam L. Ross

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A practicing litigator in Charlotte since 2003, Adam Ross earned his Juris Doctor from the University of North Carolina School of Law. He joined James, McElroy & Diehl immediately following law school, and became a partner in the firm in 2008.

Adam handles a wide variety of complex civil litigation matters, including business disputes, catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death, shareholder conflicts, real property disputes, securities litigation, insurance coverage disputes, contract disputes, and employment matters – with a special focus on conflicts related to covenants not to compete. A significant portion of Adam’s practice also includes representing automobile dealerships, and professional motorsports team owners and drivers (primarily in the NASCAR traveling series) in an advisory capacity and in various litigation matters.

Adam is certified by the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission to mediate Superior Court cases, serves as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association (AAA) in consumer cases, and would welcome the opportunity to mediate or, if needed, arbitrate the full range of legal disputes that he regularly encounters in his law practice.

Adam recognizes that his clients seek both a strong advocate and a frank and honest advisor. While litigation is sometimes unavoidable, Adam works with clients (both individuals and businesses) to find ways to resolve disputes before they escalate to litigation, and takes pride in helping his clients make smart business decisions designed to protect their bottom line.

Adam is peer review rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell, and was named a Super Lawyer in Business Litigation by North Carolina Super Lawyers Magazine in 2018-2022, in addition to being named a 2022 Super Lawyer for General Litigation and in the field of Entertainment and Sports. He was previously named as a “Rising Star” by North Carolina Super Lawyers Magazine each year from 2011-2017, in addition to being named to Business North Carolina’s “Legal Elite” in 2020, 2019 and 2016 for Litigation.

Adam has argued on multiple occasions before the North Carolina Court of Appeals, and is admitted to practice before all North Carolina state trial, appellate and federal courts.

Client Testimonials

  • Brett Frood | Former President, Stewart-Haas Racing: “Adam Ross has been a trusted partner of our organization for many years, providing us with guidance and professional acumen during several challenging circumstances. His approach is always pragmatic, ethically sound, and results-driven. Adam prepares meticulously and immerses himself in the nuances of the business he is representing. We are proud to call him a friend and partner.”
  • Denise Abood: “Adam Ross is a top-notch attorney. He consistently demonstrates the knowledge, communication, perseverance, promptness and attention to detail critical in successfully resolving conflicts – even in high-stress situations with malicious counter parties. Adam gained my trust early on and that trust has only grown. I consider Adam a trusted advisor and confidant.”
  • Sherry Shaw: “Adam Ross’ legal skills are unprecedented. He successfully resolved a corporate family dispute in my favor. When faced with uncooperative counsel and defendants, he never wavered. He communicated with me promptly, clearly and often, always making sure I was informed. Calm, confident and encouraging, Adam is the ideal partner during a legal dispute. I would highly recommend Adam to represent me in any dispute.”
  • The Late Coy R. Gibbs (may he rest in peace) | CEO, Joe Gibbs Racing: “Unfortunately, I recently had an incident arise that caused me to seek the services of a litigator. Adam Ross of James, McEIroy and Diehl provided me with expert guidance, and I was able to reach a satisfactory settlement with the offending party without having to go to trial. Adam was always very professional and assisted me in fully understanding the process, as well as how best to keep the legal fees as low as possible. While it is never pleasant for either party to be involved in any kind of legal dispute, if you find yourself in that situation, I wholeheartedly recommend Adam Ross and the whole team at James, McElroy & Diehl.”
  • Arin S: “Adam is an excellent attorney – pragmatic, trustworthy, and helped me understand the nuanced situation I had found myself in. His expertise in employment law played a big role in helping me successfully navigate through a variety of difficult issues. I would not hesitate to hire him again and highly recommend him to anyone seeking to work with a great lawyer.”

Academic Background

  • J.D., University of North Carolina School of Law, 2003
  • B.A., Psychology, with Distinction, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2000

Bar & Court Admissions

  • North Carolina State Bar
  • United States District Court, for the Western, Middle, and Eastern Districts of North Carolina


  • American Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Mecklenburg Bar Association
  • American Arbitration Association Consumer Case Panelist

Professional Recognition

  • Business North Carolina Legal Elite in Litigation, 2016, 2019-2020, 2024
  • Business North Carolina Legal Elite “Young Gun” (Best Under 40), 2012
  • North Carolina Super Lawyer in Business Litigation, 2018-2023
  • North Carolina Super Lawyer in General Litigation, 2022
  • North Carolina Super Lawyer in Entertainment & Sports, 2022,2024
  • North Carolina Super Lawyer “Rising Star” in Business Litigation, 2011-2018
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Leadership Institute, 2008
  • AV® Preeminent™ rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Best Lawyers in America© in Commercial Litigation, 2021-2024
  • Best Lawyers in America© in Sports Law, 2023-2024

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