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James Rice



I am a native of Asheville, North Carolina, and graduated from A.C. Reynolds High School in 1987.  My undergraduate degree is in biology from the University of South Carolina, and I received my Juris Doctorate from George Mason University in Arlington, Virginia, in 2004. My practice focuses primarily on criminal defense.  I help clients deal with a wide range of criminal issues from minor charges to major felony or federal charges.  I understand that any criminal charge is a serious matter to each of my clients and my goal is provide you with the best defense possible tailored to fit your needs.  I defend individuals who are facing charges from DWI, traffic tickets, assault, theft, drug possession and other crimes in the Asheville area.

In my spare time I enjoy running with my brother and spending time with my children and my dog, Lily.


  • All North Carolina State Courts
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina


  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers


  • Highly Recommend

    Having interviewed the top 5 law firms appropriate for my case in Asheville, and now that my case is settled, I know I made the right choice. Having worked with attorneys for many needs (not criminal) in the past, I found working with James and his firm to be the most effective in communication, ...
  • keeping your word

    Thank you so much for keeping your word to me and for all your help. I would not have been able to get through this without you.
  • great work

    I want to thank you for your help in my trial…. Keep up the great work for the other men and women who cross your path. The world needs more good men like you.


The Office of James O. Rice, Jr., Attorney & Counselor at Law is committed to answering your questions about Family Law, Criminal Defense, Personal Injury and Social Security Disability law issues in Western North Carolina.

We offer a free consultation and we'll gladly discuss your case with you at your convenience. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

James O. Rice, Jr., Attorney at Law
1944 Hendersonville Road, C-1
Asheville, NC 28803