Chidi I. James

Biography

Attorney Chidi I. James is an AV-rated attorney and a partner with the law firm of Blankingship & Keith, P.C. in Fairfax Virginia. His practice consists mostly of serious personal injury cases including wrongful death, products liability, and inadequate security cases. 

Mr. James joined Blankingship & Keith as an associate in 2003, after serving as a Judicial Law Clerk to the judges of the Arlington County Circuit Court and completing the Judge Advocate General School Course at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama. He is currently assigned to the National Guard Bureau Legal Service Office in Arlington, Virginia. 

Mr. James holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Texas A&M (1997) in Sociology and a Juris Doctorate from the George Mason University School of Law (2001). As a law student, Mr. James was the founding member of the George Mason University Trial Advocacy Association, where he continued to serve as Trial Team coach for many years. 

Mr. James is married to local psychologist, Dr. Faith Jackson James, and has three children, ages 23, 20, and 18.

Professional Honors & Activities

Rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell (2013-present) 

Washingtonian Magazine - Washington’s Best Legal Minds (2011) and Washington, DC’s Best Lawyers (2020) 

U.S. News - Best Lawyers in America®, Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiff and Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiff (2012-2022) 

Super Lawyers, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Washington, DC and Virginia (2013-2022)

Super Lawyers, Rising Star (2007-2013)

Virginia Lawyers Weekly, Personal Injury (2020) 

Virginia Business Magazine, Legal Elite - Legal Services Pro Bono (2021) 

Arlington Magazine, Top Attorneys – Legal Aid/Pro Bono (2021)

Virginia Living Magazine, Legal Eagles - Most Respected Attorneys in the Commonwealth (2012) 

Richmond Magazine, Outstanding Young Lawyers - Rising Star (2009) 

Richmond Magazine, Top Young Attorneys in Virginia - Rising Star (2008) and Top Virginia Lawyers - Rising Star 2007 

Former President, Northern Virginia Black Attorneys Association 

Board member, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association 

Former Vice-Chair, Virginia State Bar’s Standing Committee on Lawyer Discipline 

Member of the Virginia State Bar’s Fifth District Disciplinary Committee. 

Former faculty member, Virginia State Bar Henry L. Carrico Professionalism Course 

Former adjunct faculty member, George Washington School of Law, Washington, DC.

Community Service

  • Member, Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church
  • Member, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc
  • Member, Board of the Gainesville Basketball Association
  • Member, Board of the Mount Pleasant Baptist Community Development Corporation
  • Volunteer coach, multiple youth sports teams