John P. Marshall
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John P. Marshall was born in June of 1962 in Wilmington, N.C. John maintains a broad civil litigation practice with an emphasis on commercial and business litigation in the federal and state courts, including the North Carolina Business Court. He also maintains a mediation practice.
As a member of the North Carolina State Bar since 1989, John is admitted to practice in all courts in North Carolina. He is certified by the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission as a mediator. John was the Chair in 2022 and is a member of the Antitrust and Complex Business Disputes Litigation Section of the North Carolina Bar Association. He is also a member of the Litigation, Business Law, and Dispute Resolution Sections of the North Carolina Bar Association. John served as the chair of the Eighth Judicial District Bar Candidate Committee for over 25 years.
In 2023, John was sworn into the US Supreme Court Bar. Such an achievement was a career highlight for him, as his admittance will allow him to bring cases before our nation’s highest court.
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 also been selected as a “Super Lawyer” every year since 2019 and was selected in 2022 as “Legal Elite” by North Carolina Business Magazine.
John is active in his community. He has served on numerous boards and participated in many community organizations including the Community Council for the Arts, the Lenoir Committee of 100, the Kinston-Lenoir County Chamber of Commerce and the Lenoir County United Way. John also served on the Board of Arendell Parrott Academy for many years and also served as its President from 2010-2012.
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 Carolinas Golf Association events.
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.
- AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell
- Named to Super Lawyers list in the area of Business Litigation, 2019 – 2024
- Named to Legal Elite by North Carolina Magazine – 2022-2024
- Member of the United States Supreme Court Bar
- Chairman of the NCBA Antitrust & Complex Business Disputes Sections
- Chairman of the Lenoir County Transportation Committee
- Past President of the Board of Trustees of Arendell Parrott Academy
- Past President of the Lenoir Committee of 100 and the Kinston Country Club
- Previous Lenoir County Committee of 100 board member
- Previous Lenoir County United Way board member
- Previous Kinston Noon Rotary Club board member
- Previous Lenoir Community Council for the Arts board member
- Previous Foundation for the Renewal of Eastern North Carolina board member
- Represented numerous companies or employees in enforcement or defense of covenants 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 virtue 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 on numerous occasions one or more shareholders in intra-company shareholder and dissolution litigation prosecuting and defending 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.
- Represented numerous closely held agricultural entities or their owners in accounting, dissolution and other disputes involving the finances and operations of those businesses.