Attorneys at law


James W. Surane

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Angela Ranson: Paralegal 
​Ms. Ranson is a 1983 graduate of Appalachian State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, participated in various intramural sports and was an active member of Delta Zeta Sorority. Shortly after graduating from App State, Ms. Ranson was offered a Criminal Magistrate position in Mecklenburg County. Ms. Ranson held that position until July of 1987 when she was tapped to start presiding over small claims actions in Mecklenburg County. A dedicated professional, Ms. Ranson was an active member of the North Carolina Magistrates Association serving on various statewide committees throughout her magisterial career. Ms. Ranson served as Vice President of the North Carolina Magistrates Association from 2005 to 2007 and President of same from 2007 to 2009.  She also served on the inaugural advisory committee of the North Carolina Judicial College until her retirement.
Due to her expertise in the area of landlord/tenant law Ms. Ranson has been a guest speaker at various seminars sponsored by the Mecklenburg County Bar, Southeastern Affordable Housing Management Association (SAHMA),The Charlotte Apartment Association (CAA), City of Charlotte NC Housing Authority and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department to name a few. Ms. Ranson is also considered an expert in the area of involuntary commitment law.
 Ms. Ranson retired May 1, 2014 after serving 31 years as a Mecklenburg County Magistrate, 27 of those years presiding over small claims actions. She brings a wealth of practical skills, knowledge and expertise that enables this firm to represent both landlord and tenant interests with great success. 


Deborah Pope: Attorney at Law
Deborah Pope is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a 1991 graduate of the University of Maine Law School. Ms. Pope's career focus since graduation has been litigation, with prior experience as a felony prosecutor in Portland, Maine and as a litigation associate in one of largest law firms in Maine. After returning to North Carolina, she spent 11 years as a civil magistrate in Mecklenburg County, acquiring extensive experience in landlord-tenant law, as well as contract and tort law litigation. Since joining James W. Surane  in June of 2014, she continues to represent clients in both small claims and district court maters.

James W. Surane: Attorney at Law

James "Jim" Surane is the founder and managing partner of James W. Surane - Attorneys at Law. He is a graduate of both Louisiana State University and Grambling State University and received his J.D. from the Whittier College School of Law. Mr. Surane was a civil magistrate in Mecklenburg County from 1992 to 1996 and was responsible for adjudicating civil matters involving landlord tenant law which allowed for thorough substantive and procedural understanding of all aspects of landlord tenant matters. 

Mr. Surane represents clients in foreclosure, title, and eviction litigation, landlord-tenant matters, business and commercial law, and civil litigation. Mr. Surane has litigated cases not only in Mecklenburg County but also numerous cases in other counties throughout the state of North Carolina. Mr. Surane has successfully defended and obtained settlements and loan modifications on behalf of his clients from several major banks and loan servicers throughout the country. 

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Kimberly Thaxton: Attorney at Law