John engages in an active trial practice. He has tried to a verdict many   wrongful death actions. He has tried a multitude of cases involving severe brain damage, amputations, and other serious injuries. He has also tried several cases arising out of commercial disputes.


John has lectured on civil trial subjects in North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Colorado, Florida, California, Utah, West Virginia, Massachusetts, and the District of Columbia.

John is married and has three children and two grandchildren. He is a member of the North Raleigh Church of Christ, having served as an Elder, Deacon and as Chairman of the Board of Directors.


J.D., Wake Forest University


B.A., cum laude, Bowling Green State University


Maupin, Taylor & Ellis, Raleigh, NC


Crain Caton James & Womble, Houston, TX


North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia

United States Courts of Appeals for the Fourth, Fifth, and Eleventh Circuits 


United States District Courts sitting in North Carolina and South Carolina


United States District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of Texas


National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel

Past Vice President, Southeast Region

Member, Executive Committee

Transportation Research Board 

American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association

Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)

Defense Research Institute

North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys

Federal Bar Association

North Carolina Bar Association

Wake County Bar Association

Williams v. Advance Auto Parts, Inc., 795 S.E.2d 647 (N.C. Ct. App. 2017), disc. rev. denied, 2017 N.C. LEXIS 325 (N.C. May 3, 2017) 

Carson v. CSX Transp., Inc., 400 S.C. 221, 734 S.E.2d 148 (Ct. App. 2012)

RBC Bank (USA) v. Gwin Law Office, LLC, 827 F.Supp. 2d 525 (E.D.N.C. 2011)

Bean v. S.C. Cent. R.R. Co., 392 S.C. 532, 709 S.E.2d 99 (Ct. App. 2011)

Wilkins v. CSX Transp., Inc., 194 N.C. App. 338, 669 S.E.2d 784 (2008)

Atl. Coast Mech., Inc. v. Caterpillar Inc., 175 N.C. App. 339, 623 S.E.2d 334 (2006)

Baggerly v. Nat'l R.R. Passenger Corp., 370 S.C. 362, 635 S.E.2d 97 (2006)

Peterson v. Nat'l R.R. Passenger Corp., 365 S.C. 391, 618 S.E.2d 903 (2005)

Wilkerson v. Norfolk Southern Ry. Co., 167 N.C. App. 607, 606 S.E.2d 187 (2004)

Sharp v. CSX Transp., Inc., 160 N.C. App. 241, 584 S.E.2d 888 (2003)

Jackson v. Assoc. Scaffolders and Equip. Co., Inc., 152 N.C. App. 687, 568 S.E.2d 666 (2002)


Turner v. Norfolk Southern Corp., 137 N.C. App. 138, 526 S.E.2d 666 (2000)

McNair v. Lend Lease Trucks, Inc., 95 F.3d 325, reversing en banc62 F.3d 651 (4th Cir. 1995)

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