John P. Marshall

John P. Marshall was born on June 13, 1962 in Wilmington, N.C. John maintains a broad civil litigation practice with emphasis on estate and trust, commercial, and business litigation. He also maintains a mediation practice.

John earned his undergraduate degree in business administration from Campbell University in 1984 and his law degree (magna cum laude) from the Campbell University School of Law in 1989.

John is a member of the North Carolina State Bar and is admitted to practice in all courts in North Carolina. He is certified by the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission as a mediator. Marshall currently serves the North Carolina State Bar as the chair of the Eighth Judicial District Bar Candidate Committee. He is a member of the Litigation, Anti-Trust and Complex Business Disputes, Business Law, and Dispute Resolution Sections of the North Carolina Bar Association. He served on the council for the Business Law Section from 2008 to 2011. John currently serves on the council for the Anti-Trust and Complex Business Disputes Law Section. He was also recently appointed to the Campbell Law School Alumni Board of Directors.

John is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest achievement rating. According to Martindale-Hubbell’s website, an AV Preeminent rating is a significant rating accomplishment and a testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank him at the highest level of professional excellence.

John has been active in the community. He is past President of the Board of Trustees of Arendell Parrott Academy. John currently serves on the Lenoir County Transportation Committee.

John is past President of the Lenoir Committee of 100 and the Kinston Country Club. John has served on the boards of the Lenoir County Committee of 100, the Lenoir County United Way, the Kinston Noon Rotary Club, Lenoir Community Council for the Arts, and the Foundation for the Renewal of Eastern North Carolina.

A born competitor, John attended college on a golf scholarship. He has finished as high as third in the North Carolina Amateur Championship and frequently plays in Carolina Golf Association events.


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Recent cases of note:

  • John represented a private waste disposal company in a contractual dispute with a much larger competitor over a former employee and alleged violations of a covenant not to compete.
  • Represented a private charitable foundation in a claim brought by a large national bank alleging that the transfer of funds used to create the foundation was a fraudulent conveyance.
  • Represented a golf course development against the contractor who built the golf course in litigation over the defective construction of certain aspects of the golf course.
  • Represented a minority shareholder in a closely held corporation in the North Carolina Business Court where the minority shareholder sought to be paid fair value for her shares after being frozen out and removed from the board of directors and as an officer of the corporation.
  • Represented trustee of a testamentary trust in estate litigation to determine the nature and extent of his obligations where the trustee was unable to fulfill his obligations by virture of the assets remaining in the trust.
  • Represented a former legislator in defense of a defamation action brought by a political opponent which resulted in a dismissal being taken by the Plaintiff and the payment of legal fees to his client.
  • Represented guarantors of a debt incurred by a family business against the assignees of that debt who acquired the rights to the debt out of bankruptcy.
  • Represented a large condominium development in Morehead City in a construction dispute between the HOA and the general contractor and several subcontractors due to moisture, mold and air intrusion issues.
  • Represented one of two shareholders against the other in a "business divorce" case defending his client against allegations of fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and derivative claims.
  • Represented a large national real estate company against another in a lawsuit involving construction and interpretation of a reciprocal easement agreement defining their obligations in a shopping center.