what we do

We Don't Blink

Quander Rubain is a different kind of law firm.  We believe in running our law firm like a family, not a business.  But we are in the business of finding solutions for our clients’ complex problems.  Whether we are representing a client in a high-stakes federal ligation matter or helping our client gain custody of her children, Quander Rubain is committed to providing our clients personalized service and attention, every step of the way.

Be the difference

Fearless Advocates

Attorneys James Quander and Stacey Rubain have earned the prestigious North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization in State and Federal Criminal Law.  We won’t just stand on our reputation — we’ll put it to work for you.  Our attorneys are experienced in a variety of legal practice areas and will work tirelessly to pursue the best solution.

who we are

When it comes to our clients in court...
We go to battle.

The attorneys at Quander Rubain think outside of the box and deliver results.  Our strength in the courtroom is our clients’ power.  We don’t just talk trial – we actually do it.

James Quander
Stacey Rubain
Erica L. Slaughter
Administrative Assistant
Jessica A. Miller
Legal Assistant

James E. Quander


Juris Doctor, Wake Forest University, 1998
Bachelor of Arts in Politics, Wake Forest University, 1995

Board Certified Specialist in State and Federal Criminal Law, North Carolina State Bar
Certified Contract Advisor, NFL Players Association

Regarded as one of North Carolina’s elite criminal defense attorneys James has enjoyed a successful practice focusing on complex criminal litigation and elite athlete representation. James has been one of North Carolina’s busiest trial lawyers over the past 5 years.  He has tried over 50 cases to jury during that period of time, earning a number of dismissals and acquittals in numerous state courts and multiple federal districts.  James appears regularly in courts throughout the southeast and has developed the reputation as a fierce litigator.   James has also gained the distinction of being one of the best trial lawyers in the south. Recently, James was certified by the North Carolina State Bar as a Board Certified Specialist in State and Federal Criminal Law.

Prior to entering the practice of law, James was a standout Atlantic Coast Conference student-athlete at Wake Forest University.  During his tenure at WFU, James was a 4-year letter winner and two year starter for the Demon Deacons’ linebacking corps.  In 1995 he was honored as the most outstanding lineman/linebacker by receiving the Bill George Award.  While maintaining a close connection to college and professional sports, James was certified by the NFLPA as a contract advisor in 2003. James has successfully negotiated NFL contracts with the Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, and the Tennessee Titans.  James’ reputation in the sports world has lead to his involvement representing student and professional athletes in matters ranging from NCAA investigations to NFL workers’ compensation actions.  He has consistently been called upon by sports officials in the state to speak to young athletes about their academic and athletic futures.

Stacey D. Rubain


Juris Doctor, Wake Forest University, 1999

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Syracuse University, 1996

Board Certified Specialist in State and Federal Criminal Law, North Carolina State Bar

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” — Mahatma Gandhi

Stacey Rubain is a seasoned trial lawyer and brings a wealth of diverse experiences and broad legal knowledge to Quander Rubain.  She prides herself on being a trial lawyer, a lawyer actually willing to go to battle for her client in a courtroom, and she highly regards the dignity that accompanies that title.  Stacey regularly represents clients in North Carolina state courts, the United States District Courts in the Middle and Western Districts of North Carolina, and the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals.  Regardless of the type of case or the client, from a RICO conspiracy to a pro bono child custody case, Stacey always remembers the importance of every case to the client.

What matters most to Stacey is making a difference in her clients’ lives, and in the lives of those important to her clients.  Stacey understands that her clients are seeking her help at some of the most difficult times of their lives.  She invests deeply in her clients and their cases, and wants to have a positive impact in the lives of her clients.  Stacey is humbled by the trust that her clients put in her and her abilities.

Stacey has been named a top criminal defense lawyer by North Carolina Super Lawyers.  She has also been certified as a Board Certified Specialist in State and Federal Criminal Law by the North Carolina State Bar.  Stacey also serves as a Trial Practice Adjunct Law Professor at Wake Forest School of Law.

Erica L. Slaughter

Erica is the most recent addition to Quander Rubain, joining our team in October 2018. She is a 2001 graduate of Hickory High School in Hickory, North Carolina and a 2005 graduate of North Carolina A&T State University.

Erica is the first face you will see when entering our office. She greets our clients with a warm smile, kind words and a welcoming attitude. Erica’s primary goal is to ensure that our clients feel comfortable, taken care of, and that their needs are met. Our clients can always expect Erica to address them with a calm, helpful and supportive demeanor. With her pleasant and positive attitude towards our staff and clients, Erica has been a perfect fit at Quander Rubain.

When outside of the office, Erica enjoys spending time with her husband, camping and reading.

Jessica Miller


Jessica joined Quander Rubain in 2015. Jessica is a 2004 graduate of Robert B. Glenn High School in Kernersville. Jessica spend her entire career working with and helping people, which made her a perfect fit for Quander Rubain.

Jessica plays one of the most essential roles at Quander Rubain, because she is the lifeline between the attorneys and our clients.  Jessica has a tremendous work ethic, but it is the compassion and thoughtfulness that she shows to our clients, that is her best attribute.   Jessica will go the extra mile to serve our clients and to make sure that they have all of the information that they need while their cases are pending. It is her special ability to connect with clients and to make sure that each client knows how important their case is to Quander Rubain that distinguishes Jessica. Helping clients is her passion and the one thing that Jessica enjoys most about working at Quander Rubain.  Jessica is also fluent in Spanish and is a notary public.

When not in the office, Jessica enjoys spending time with her Husband and two beautiful daughters.

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