With more than twenty years of experience in commercial real estate law and development, James Dewey provides his clients with firsthand knowledge of both the legal and business aspects of real estate transactions. His clients value the perspective that comes with his multifaceted experience, and know him to be a principled, hardworking, and thoughtful problem solver. He treats each engagement with the unique perspective it is due and understands the complexities of commercial real estate ownership and development.

James advises his clients on commercial real estate transactions, including acquisition, entitlement, development, construction, operation and disposition of real property, with a particular focus on commercial leasing.  He previously served as Vice President of Development for Greenville, SC-based Hughes Commercial Properties. Before joining Hughes, James spent nearly ten years as Manager and later Director of Real Estate for The Fresh Market specialty grocery chain.

James lives in Greensboro, North Carolina with his wife Rebecca and they stay busy raising four school-aged children.  When he does have personal time, James enjoys playing golf and practicing guitar.


  • Has negotiated more than seventy grocery anchor leases in markets throughout the U.S.
  • Has represented landlords and developers in the leasing of numerous retail and mixed-use projects in various Southeastern markets.
  • Has represented a national restaurant franchisee in the acquisition, disposition and leasing of store locations in multiple states.
  • Has represented both landlords and national operators in the leasing of office and industrial space.


James is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), where he has served over the years as a regular speaker and panelist on the commercial real estate industry.


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Commercial Real Estate


  • J.D., University of North Carolina School of Law, with High Honors (2002)
  • B.A., Wake Forest University, magna cum laude (1995)


  • ICSC
  • State Bar of North Carolina