John has engaged in an active trial practice for over 40 years.  He has tried cases to a verdict in courtrooms all across Texas; from Spartanburg to Florence and the Low Country of South Carolina; from Charlotte to the North Carolina coast including most of the major cities and many rural counties in between; and in 2021 he tried his first case in the Commonwealth of Virginia in Richmond.


John recently had the privilege of serving as Chair of the NC Bar Association Professionalism Committee.  He has lectured over the years 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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