James S. Ruane, Jr.

Ruane Jim

James Ruane has spent 19 years practicing law in a variety of practice areas. He joined Merritt, Webb, Wilson & Caruso, PLLC in 2005 and continues to focus on criminal defense and personal injury as well as business and commercial law.

Mr. Ruane has served as a Business Manager with Schindler Corporation headquartered in Ebikon, Switzerland, where he received the President’s Award for his contributions to the success of the organization. He joined the Fayetteville, North Carolina law firm of Smith, Dickey, Smith, Hasty and Dempster, PA where he practiced business, domestic, personal injury and criminal law. Mr. Ruane next joined the Office of the Public Defender for the 12th Judicial District, Cumberland County, where he represented indigent clients for more than four years while honing his trial skills. He started his own general law practice in Cary, North Carolina where he continued to represent criminal defendants and personal injury clients.

Associate Attorney

Durham, North Carolina
Phone: 919-688-7393
Fax: 919-683-6323
Email: jruane@merrittwebb.com

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Defense
  • Business Litigation
  • Commercial/Consumer Law
  • Motor Vehicle Negligence


  • Connecticut State University, B.S., 1983
  • Western New England College, J.D., 1988

Bar Admissions

  • Mr.Ruane is a member of the North Carolina state bar.
  • Mr.Ruane is a member of the American Bar Association.

Court Admissions

  • All North Carolina State Courts