Attorney Jim Conner is a Featured Environmental Law Speaker

Ragsdale Liggett partner, James L. Conner II is a featured speaker at the annual Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Law Section of the NC State Bar Association.

Raleigh, NC, May 05, 2011 --( Attorney James L. Conner II is a Featured Speaker at the NC Bar Association’s Environmental Law Section Annual Meeting

James L. Conner II, partner at Ragsdale Liggett law firm, will be a featured speaker and panelist at an annual meeting of the North Carolina Bar Association’s Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Law Section. The two day continuing legal education program held in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina May 6-7 awards 6.75 CLE credit hours. The program is designed to instruct lawyers and environmental professionals on the trends in environmental and natural resource law for the next decade. Speaking on the topic of “Environmental Litigation Essentials,” Mr. Conner, a former Administrative Law Judge, will present his view of these issues from the bench perspective.

Jim Conner is one of North Carolina’s most experienced environmental lawyers. Early in his law career, he filed one of the seminal and most frequently cited environmental law cases in North Carolina, Wilson v. McLeod. Jim has represented every kind of client, from Fortune 50 companies to small businesses, individuals, environmental groups and state and local governments.

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About James L. Conner II:
Attorney and law firm partner at Ragsdale Liggett, PLLC, Mr. Conner represents clients in environmental law, health care law, administrative law and commercial litigation using his extensive knowledge and background in litigation, legislative and regulatory matters. Mental health group homes, real estate developers, construction companies, professionals with licensing disputes and title insurance companies are among his clients. Jim recently won a decision from the Court of Appeals that will fundamentally change the way Medicaid mental health issues are handled in North Carolina.

Jim is a former Administrative Law Judge, and uses that experience, his dispute resolution training and his years of litigation to fight for clients in courts at every level. He brings this experience to bear for the benefit of his environmental law, administrative law and litigation clients. Perhaps most significantly, Judge Conner brings his time on the bench to his mediation practice, understanding not only the law but the judicial perspective, and using that knowledge to help parties find negotiated solutions. Jim has been a certified mediator since 1994 and is also a certified arbitrator. He has been inducted into both the North Carolina Academy of Superior Court Mediators and the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals.

Judge Conner received his Juris Doctor with honors from the University of North Carolina at School of Law after earning a bachelor’s degree cum laude in botany from Duke University. A member of the NC Bar Association, Jim is serving his third term as a council member for the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section of the NC Bar Association. Jim is a frequent speaker at NC Bar Association CLEs and other professional events.

About Ragsdale Liggett PLLC:
The law firm of Ragsdale Liggett PLLC is comprised of lawyers with extensive legal expertise across a broad range of practice areas. Ragsdale Liggett is equipped to handle all of a business' legal needs, including formation, day-to-day business counseling, acquisition, disposition, merger and dissolution of companies, regardless of size. The diverse real estate group handles a wide variety of transactions, from residential purchases and sales to all aspects of commercial real estate development, including entity formation, final project completion, complex public and private bond financing transactions, and the privatization of university student housing. Since its formation in 1972, the firm has maintained an extraordinary reputation in civil litigation and appellate practice, enjoying significant courtroom successes ranging from local state courts to the United States Supreme Court. In addition to practicing in such areas of insurance/ reinsurance coverage disputes, shareholder derivative actions, ERISA disputes, professional negligence defense, accountant’s liability actions, catastrophic personal injury defense and complex construction disputes, Ragsdale Liggett also maintains a well respected lobbying government relations and mediation groups.

For further contact:
Jim Conner,; 881-2218

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