John is a senior litigator with 30 years of trial experience. His practice is focused on civil litigation and insurance defense, particularly construction, transportation and premises and product liability. He has tried over 75 jury trials to verdict over his career.

John defends architects, engineers and other design professionals against professional negligence claims. His transportation law practice is concentrated on the defense of trucking companies. John prides himself on being a lawyer who practices ethically and responsibly, with a relentless focus on what is best for his clients.

“I want my clients to feel that their cases are being given the time, attention and respect they rightfully deserve.”

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Education & Admissions

Campbell University School of Law – JD 1992
NC State University – BA 1988

North Carolina 1992
Georgia 2017
US District Courts for Eastern, Middle and Western Districts Courts of North Carolina
Georgia State Courts
Supreme Court of the United States

Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association

North Carolina Bar Association

Wake County Bar Association

Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC)

Juried member

International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC)


Claims & Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)

Transportation Committee

North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys (NCADA)

Defense Research Institute (DRI)

Trucking Law Section

North Carolina Trucking Association

Trucking Insurance Defense Association (TIDA)


National Retail & Restaurant Defense Association (NRRDA)

American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC)

Speaking & Publications

John is a seasoned speaker to the trucking and construction industries. He routinely lectures to multiple national, regional and local audiences on legal matters including the Defense Research Institute (DRI), NC Trucking Association, Claims Litigation Management (CLM), Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC), International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) and numerous annual conferences. His speech topics have included issues related to Risk Management, Professional Liability, Standard of Care, Avoiding Nuclear Verdicts, Claim Trends and other timely legal issues. Additionally, he frequently leads continuing education seminars for the insurance industry.



Kiwanis Club of Raleigh
Member since 2000
2013 President and Board of Directors

Honors & Awards

AV Preeminent® Peer Rating

Best Lawyers in America®
Lawyer of the Year 2020 in Construction Litigation –
Raleigh Metro; Construction Law, Construction Litigation
and Commercial Litigation 2013-present

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Super Lawyers
NC editions in Construction Litigation 2015-present

Legal Elite
Business North Carolina magazine
Construction Law 2015-16, 2019-present

Kiwanis Club of Raleigh
Walter Zeller, C.A. Dillon, Jr. and Carl B. Hyatt
Fellowship Awards

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