On March 3, 2020, Jim O’Neill was elected the Republican nominee for North Carolina Attorney General. Jim was previously appointed Forsyth County District Attorney in 2009 and is currently serving his third term as Forsyth County’s elected District Attorney.
Over the past 23 years, Jim has prosecuted some of the most serious and violent offenders in our community. Jim was Forsyth County’s first dedicated Domestic Violence prosecutor. Since becoming the District Attorney, Jim has instituted a prosecution program targeting sex offenders living within our community, as well programs designed to focus resources on prosecuting violent criminal offenders and those who abuse and take advantage of the elderly.
In Forsyth County, Jim has achieved the lowest dismissal rate in the state among urban counties for violent crime offenders. Jim has the highest conviction rate in the state when it comes to sexual assault crimes. Jim started the opioid addiction program to help inmates get and remain clean. This program has been so successful that it is being duplicated statewide, as is Jim’s license restoration initiative. Both programs, the first of their kind in our state.
Since 2008, Jim has had the highest peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell. He also serves as Vice President of the North Carolina Conference of District Attorneys.
Jim attended Duke University on a lacrosse scholarship. After graduation, he earned his law degree from New York Law School while working part-time.
Jim finds time to give back to the community as head coach for the Men’s lacrosse team at RJ Reynolds High School. Jim also has served the community on the boards of Hospice, Exchange/SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now) and the Industries for the Blind. Jim currently serves on Senior Services board.
Jim and his wife, Dr. Oona O’Neill, are the parents three young children.