Jim O’Neill is a dedicated husband, father, and veteran prosecutor. He has served as the Forsyth County District Attorney since November 2009, focusing on prosecuting sex offenders and chronic criminal offenders. He spearheaded a first-of-its-kind program to help those struggling with opioid addiction and started an Elder Abuse Task Force to protect seniors.
A graduate of Duke University, Jim earned his law degree from New York Law School. His extensive career includes prosecution of some of the most serious and violent offenders in our community. Before becoming District Attorney, he held leadership roles within the department, including serving as the county’s first dedicated domestic violence prosecutor.
Jim lives in Winston-Salem with his wife, Dr. Oona O’Neill, and their three children. He is the head coach for the men’s lacrosse team at RJR High School, and serves on the board of Senior Services.
Jim believes it’s time for an Attorney General with prosecutorial experience. As North Carolina’s Attorney General, Jim will focus on clearing the decades-old backlog of untested rape kits, defending capital case murder convictions, combating the heroin and opioid crisis, and bringing a mission of safety, security and justice to the state.