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  • 101 North Tryon Street
    Suite 1900
    Charlotte, NC 28246

John R. Wester

John Wester concentrates his practice in the trials and appeals of complex civil litigation. He has prosecuted and defended numerous class action cases in both federal and state courts and has extensive experience in the North Carolina Business Court.

John routinely handles cases with a high probability of going to trial. He often enters a case after it is underway, and in some instances, at the appellate stage. His trials and appeals encompass contract, corporate governance and shareholder rights disputes, federal securities claims, ERISA actions, unfair trade practice and trade secret disputes, tax controversies and employment discrimination claims.

John served as lead defense counsel before the U.S. Supreme Court in Ford Motor v. EEOC, the decision establishing precedent for ending employer liability in employment discrimination cases. He was lead counsel in the North Carolina Supreme Court for three governors who sued the legislature for violating separation of powers. McCrory v. Berger.

In 1994, John was inducted as a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers.

In 2009-10, he served as president of the North Carolina Bar Association.

Professional Affiliations

  • North Carolina Bar Association, Appellate Rules Committee, Chair, 2003-05; Committee for Judicial Independence, Co-chair, 2010-14
  • Chief Justice's Commission on Professionalism, 2014-present 
  • Chief Justice's Commission on the North Carolina Business Court, Appellate Process Committee, Chair, 2002-04
  • American College of Trial Lawyers, North Carolina Chair, 2004-06

Community Involvement

  • Legal Aid of North Carolina and Legal Services of Southern Piedmont, Access to Justice Council, Chair, 2012-present
  • Lynnwood Foundation, Board of Directors, 2007-present
  • North Carolina Museum of History, Board of Directors, 2012-present
  • Duke University School of Law, Board of Visitors, 2002-present
  • University of North Carolina, Board of Visitors, 2004-08
  • Mecklenburg County Bar, Board of Directors, 2006-09
  • Legal Services of Southern Piedmont, Board of Directors, 1999-2005
  • Arts & Science Council, Chair, 1988-89
  • ArtsTeach, Inc., Chair, 2000-02

Professional Recognition

  • Woodward/White, Inc., The Best Lawyers in America, recognized in the following seven categories: bet-the-company litigation, appellate practice, commercial litigation, litigation - intellectual property, litigation - labor and employment law, litigation - mergers and acquisitions, litigation - securities, 1993-2016 
    • Charlotte Bet-the-Company Litigation Lawyer of the Year, 2011
    • Charlotte Appellate Practice Lawyer of the Year, 2012, 2015
    • Charlotte Litigation – Labor & Employment Lawyer of the Year, 2012, 2013
    • Charlotte Litigation – Mergers & Acquisitions Lawyer of the Year, 2013, 2014 
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, business litigation and labor & employment, 2004-15
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, Top 10 North Carolina Super Lawyer, business litigation, 2006-13; Top 25 Charlotte Super Lawyer, 2013-15
  • Business North Carolina, Legal Elite, litigation, 2011, 2013-2015
  • Benchmark Litigation, North Carolina leading litigation attorney, class actions, commercial litigation, employment, securities, 2012-15
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated