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.