Construction

James S. Schenck IV Conner Gwyn Schenck PLLC, Raleigh

I am a restless walker. I stroll the streets and greenways around my neighborhood, in the local nature parks and at the beach whenever possible. I enjoy the exercise, but mainly walking is my chance to get some peace and quiet alone or with my family.

Vita: Born July 22, 1955, in Greensboro; bachelor’s and law degrees from UNC Chapel Hill, master’s from Duke University; wife and two sons. Why he chose this field: I was interested in a career in land-use planning and development. I was offered a summer job after my first year in law school clerking for an arbitrator handling several construction disputes. He and his co-authors of a construction-law treatise kept me on as a research associate when I returned to school, and I have never turned away. Memorable case: I think about my work on the Greensboro Coliseum expansion in the early 1990s the most. My work for the city changed the direction of my career and led to similar engagements. What he’d be if not a lawyer: I can think of a lot of alternative careers that would have been happy ones for me. Passions: I devote pretty much all of my time to family and work. I do like good food. Recent reading: The Path to Power (The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume 1) by Robert A. Caro, is essential Americana. My son says I am the only person he knows who reads textbooks for fun. Don’t ask him to: Run for political office.