John N. (Nick) Fountain

Phone: 919-861-5113
Administrative Assistant: Kelly Edwards
Paralegal: Julie Faulkner
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John N. (Nick) Fountain has assisted clients in more than 80 of the 100 courthouses in North Carolina and before dozens of the numerous boards and commissions in Raleigh. He has addressed complaints and handled hearings for professionals at risk before the Real Estate Commission, the Banking Commission, the CPA Examiners, N.C. Medical Board, the Dental Examiners, the Psychology Board and others. He is General Counsel to the State Board of Examiners of Plumbing, Heating and Fire Sprinkler Contractors and to the Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors. His experience includes cases with the State Revenue Department and Purchase and Contract matters.

In addition to licensing boards and administrative law matters, Nick has assisted clients in solving business acquisition and shareholder disputes, real estate disputes including boundaries, condemnation, zoning, and restrictive covenants, estate problems and will caveats. Nick is a N.C. Dispute Resolution Commission certified mediator in Superior Court and in the Office of Administrative Hearings. His varied practice and contacts with numerous lawyers have given him wide recognition and use as a mediator, particularly in business and healthcare matters, including mediation of Certificate of Need (CON) and licensure. Nick has been involved in more than 40 reported decisions in the North Carolina Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, the Business Court, U.S. District Court and the Fourth Circuit. He has an AV Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

Nick heads one of the Business/Administrative practice teams within the firm and is a past member of our Practice Management Committee. He has served as President of the Wake County and 10th district Bar, on the Board of Governors of the North Carolina Bar Association, as a Bar Councilor of the State Bar, and as president of the Raleigh Kiwanis Club. He has received multiple awards for Bar leadership and historic preservation. After graduating from Duke University and receiving his law degree from Wake Forest University, Nick was honored to have begun his practice with a clerkship with Judge (later Justice) David M. Britt.

Practice Areas

Education & Bar Admissions

  • J.D., Wake Forest University School of Law, 1968
  • B.A., Duke University, 1965

Admitted in

  • North Carolina, 1968
  • U.S. District Courts for North Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Awards & Achievements

  • Named the Best Lawyers® 2015 Administrative / Regulatory Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Raleigh
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© since 2008 in the field of Administrative / Regulatory Law
  • Listed in North Carolina Super Lawyers®  2007-2016
  • Award of Merit for “Dedicated and Exemplary Professional Service” for over forty years as Counsel to the North Carolina State Board of Plumbing, Heating and Fire Sprinkler Contractors

Professional & Civic Activity

  • Wake County Bar Association
    • President, 1989
    • Chair, Bar Candidate Committee, 2007-2009
    • Chair, Endowment/Scholarship Committee
  • North Carolina State Bar Council 2007-
    • Grievance, Issues, & Legislation Committees
  • North Carolina Bar Association
    • Board of Governors, 1985-1988
    • Chair, Administrative Law Section, 2000-2001
    • Chair, Administrative Law Committee, 1982-1984
    • Chair, Administrative Law and Procedure Task Force, 1988-1999
    • Chair, Legislative Advisory Committee, 1991-1992
    • Chair, Alternative Billing Commission, 1996-2000
    • Chair, Endowment Committee, 2001-2004
  • Legal Services of North Carolina
    • Chair, Finance Committee, 1982-1985
    • Chair, Access to Justice Campaign
  • Raleigh Kiwanis Club
    • President 2008-09
    • Past-President of Kiwanis Foundation
    • Kiwanian of the Year 2015
    • Diamond Zeller Award 2016
  • Raleigh Historic Districts Commission, 2005-2011
    • Chair of Hearings Committee, 2006-2011
  • Raleigh Historical Resources and Museum Board, 2011-
    • Advisory Board, Inaugural Chair
  • North Carolina Supreme Court Museum Board, 2011-
  • Badger Iredell Law Office Foundation Board, 2009-

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