With over thirty-four years of experience in litigation, John’s primary focus is on helping individuals and families who need his experience to navigate estate, trust or guardianship issues. He also works with businesses in evaluating contracts and handling commercial disputes. John has represented clients and tried cases all over North Carolina, from the mountains to the coast, and in all three of our state’s federal judicial districts.
John’s experience representing individuals and families includes helping them navigate the difficult issues relating to the death of a family member, disputes arising out of an estate plan or will contest, and issues relating to the guardianship or care of a parent or child. He has successfully assisted the children of elderly parents who are dealing with the effects of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. He has also helped families deal with the damaging impact that the breach of a fiduciary duty can cause. John’s quiet demeanor and respect for all makes him perfectly suited for this type of work.
Also experienced at representing businesses, he, along with Scott Miskimon, co-authored the authoritative treatise, North Carolina Contract Law, published by LexisNexis in 2001 and consistently updated by its authors. John’s clients benefit from his innate ability to resolve difficult contract disputes in an efficient, effective manner. Whether it is a breach of contract problem or a dispute between business partners, he has the ability to negotiate wisely, keeping the client’s best interest in mind. In cases where negotiation fails or becomes impossible, John is an aggressive litigator who represents his clients with zeal. His courtroom presence and knowledge of procedure provide him with the skills necessary to defend his clients thoroughly.
- Represented parties in will contests, trust disputes, guardianships and other estate related litigation
- Represented parties in disputes involving numerous types of contracts including real estate contracts, leases, contracts for the sale of goods, and covenants not to compete
- Represented parties in disputes arising out of closely held corporations, limited liability companies and partnerships
- Represented the landowner, the commercial tenant, and the municipality in condemnation cases
- Represented the creditor in numerous Chapter 11 proceedings in which the creditor was owed more than $3,000,000, including one case in which the creditor was owed over $30,000,000
- Obtained a $24,184,059 judgment for a real estate developer against a mortgage loan broker.
Education & Bar Admissions
- J.D., University of North Carolina School of Law, 1981
- B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1977
- North Carolina State Courts
- Federal Courts in the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of North Carolina
- United States Tax Court
- United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit