James W. Kilbourne, Jr. of Allen Stahl + Kilbourne recognized as a Board Certified Specialist in Appellate Law by the North Carolina State Bar

James W. Kilbourne, Jr. was recently recognized as a Board Certified Specialist in Appellate Law by the North Carolina State Bar.  As a partner at Allen Stahl + Kilbourne, he focuses his legal practice in the areas of Complex Litigation, Appellate Law, Native American Law, Community Association Law, Construction Law, and Creditors Rights. He is also a certified Mediator.

Kilbourne’s extensive involvement in legal associations includes serving as the President of the Buncombe Bar in 2018-19, President of the Western District Federal Bar in 2016-2017, and Chair of the NCBA Appellate Practice Section in 2021-22.  He is serving on the North Carolina Appellate Rules Committee for the ninth consecutive term.  He also served as the chair of the North Carolina Bar Association Convention Planning Advisory Committee for the 2018 (Wilmington) and 2019 (Biltmore) Conventions.

To be certified as a board certified specialist in a practice area, a lawyer must

  • Be an active member in good standing with the North Carolina State Bar for at least five years,
  • Devote at least 25% of his or her practice to the specialty during the past five years (substantial involvement),
  • Attend continuing legal education (CLE) seminars in the specialty,
  • Be favorably evaluated by other lawyers and judges (peer review), and
  • Pass a written examination in the specialty practice area.

Certification is granted for a period of five years.

For more information about the North Carolina Legal Specialization program, and to view a list of board certified specialists by practice area, please visit the Legal Specialization website at nclawspecialists.gov.