Jamie Weiss is a partner in the litigation group at Ellis & Winters. His diverse litigation practice includes complex commercial matters with a focus on trade secrets and employee mobility, defending manufacturers of consumer and other products, and the litigation of land use and zoning matters. Before joining Ellis & Winters in 2010, Jamie practiced at Bryan Cave LLP in St. Louis, where he defended consumer class actions in federal courts across the country and litigated dozens of cases involving the origination of fraudulent residential mortgages.
Jamie prides himself on his responsiveness and ability to explain the litigation process to clients that range from Fortune 500 companies to individuals unfamiliar with the litigation process. He engages clients in-depth from the beginning to understand their market, goals, and limitations. He boils down complex legal issues into succinct, coherent, and easily understandable terms to guide clients through the litigation process in a transparent manner. Jamie takes great pleasure in navigating clients through unfamiliar territory, from guiding them through their first deposition to explaining litigation tactics and strategy.
Over the years, Jamie has resolved cases in a variety of ways, ranging from negotiated pre-trial settlements through aggressive trial litigation. He is able to “see the forest for the trees,” and anticipate later conflicts and the likelihood of success in resolving those conflicts. This predictive capability enables Jamie and his clients to pursue alternative solutions early, promoting efficient, cost-effective legal representation.
Fundamentally, Jamie’s approach is about empowering the client to make decisions. He does not push a client towards a particular solution if it is not aligned with their goals and preferences. If a client wants to fight a case, Jamie will diligently advocate on their behalf and provide the tools to help clients make an informed decision.
Jamie is a multi-faceted litigator who is often described as knowledgeable, calm, and attentive to his clients’ concerns. Jamie won the 1990 Jeopardy! Teen Tournament Championship, a sign of his ability to retain and recall a great deal of information, a powerful skill in complex litigation practice. Jamie’s sense of calm helps in representing first-time litigants, creating a relaxed atmosphere in an otherwise stressful situation. He tries to tell clients what they need to hear before they even ask, and when they do ask, he responds to their inquiries as quickly as possible under the circumstances.
Jamie oversees the firm’s pro bono practice. In his own pro bono practice, he represented the Anti-Defamation League as amicus curiae in a landmark case before the Missouri Supreme Court, winning reversal in a case involving anti-Semitic juror misconduct, and now regularly represents the guardian ad litem in appeals of cases involving juvenile abuse and neglect before North Carolina’s appellate courts.
Within the legal community, Jamie has been involved in leadership with the Defense Research Institute for many years. He also has served on the Town of Cary Zoning Board of Adjustment since 2014. In addition, Jamie serves on the steering committee for DRI’s Commercial Litigation Section and is a member of DRI’s Judicial Task Force. He is a frequent speaker on the topic of associate development and was named to the DRI Young Lawyer Task Force to examine and suggest improvements to DRI’s engagement with young lawyers.
Jamie received his B.A. from the University of Virginia and his J.D. from the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, where he was Order of the Coif and an Executive Articles Editor of the Washington University Law Review.
Before entering law school, Jamie was the operations manager of a temporary staffing company operating in Virginia and North Carolina. He is an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and the Washington Capitals. He and his wife Amanda live in Cary with their two sons, Brennan and Logan.
- J.D., Washington University School of Law, 2005
- Honors: Order of the Coif
- Law Review: Washington University Law Review, Executive Articles Editor
- B.A., University of Virginia, 2002
- North Carolina
U.S. District Courts
- Eastern District of North Carolina
- Middle District of North Carolina
- Western District of North Carolina
- Eastern District of Missouri
U.S. Court of Appeals
- Fourth Circuit
- Eighth Circuit
United States Supreme Court
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Town of Cary Zoning Board of Adjustment, Board Member
- Judicial Task Force (2016—present)
- Commercial Litigation, Steering Committee (2014—present)
- Young Lawyers, Steering Committee (2011—2016)
- Young Lawyer Task Force (2018)
- American Bar Association
- Wake County Bar Association
- St. Louis Effort for AIDS, Board of Directors (2008—2010)
- UVA Club of the Triangle
- “A Reminder to Consider Treble Damages When Evaluating Removal to Federal Court,” The Voice, DRI, October 2019
- “Stop the Clock or Say Grace: When a Federal Court Declines Supplemental Jurisdiction, How Long Does a Plaintiff Have to Refile in State Court?,” The Voice, DRI, October 2018
- “The Essential Establishment of an Exclusive Address to Receive RESPA Requests from Residential Mortgage Borrowers,”The Business Suit, January 2017
- “State Supreme Court’s Interpretation of FAA Sidesteps SCOTUS Court Review,” ABA Section of Litigation Appellate Practice Newsletter, Fall 2014
- “What to Do When Your Client’s COO Becomes Your Competitor’s BFF,”For the Defense, February 2014
- “Practical Answers to Two Removal Questions,”The Whisper, April 2011
- Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation (2020, 2021)
- North Carolina Super Lawyers, Business Litigation (2020, 2021)
- North Carolina Super Lawyers, “Rising Star,” Business Litigation (2013 – 2015)
- North Carolina Pro Bono Resource Center – Pro Bono Honor Society Inductee (2018, 2019)
Prior Work Experience
- Associate, Bryan Cave LLP, 2005—2010
- Ellis & Winters Attorneys Recognized as 2021 Super Lawyers®
- Ellis & Winters Named to 2021 “Best Lawyers in America” List
- 2019 Pro Bono Honor Society Inductees Announced
- Ellis & Winters Attorneys Recognized As 2020 North Carolina Super Lawyers®
- N.C. Pro Bono Resource Center Announces 2018 Pro Bono Honor Society Inductees
- Heightened Pleading Required in Omission-Based Kitty Litter/Beer Carton Dispute
- Putting the “Fare” in Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices; How a Forcible Self-Help Eviction Could Lead to Treble Damages and Attorneys’ Fees.
- The Rocket’s Red Glare or How to Keep an Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices Claim out of Federal Court
- Call me Ishmael; Two New Opinions Awarding Attorneys’ Fees under N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-16.1(1)
- Take the Money and Run: Probably Unfair and Definitely Affecting Commerce