John Willardson


John S. Willardson is a native of Santa Monica, California and a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he completed a double major in Spanish and Political Science. Following undergraduate school, he entered active duty with the U.S. Army before attending the UNC Law School. During the ensuing 35+ years, he has tried in excess of 175 cases to verdict including personal injury/wrongful death, products liability, construction, arson and commercial litigation. He has a substantial business and corporate practice and a general practice that includes wills and estates, contracts, business and commercial litigation. John is president of the 23rd Judicial District bar, a member of the NC State BAr Council, the Chief Justice's Commision on Professionalism, the NC Bar Association's Dispute Resolution Council and the NC Bar Association's Committee for the Independence of the Judiciary. He is past president of the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys, past president of the UNC Law Alumni Association Board of Directors, past president of the Wilkes County Bar Association and is a member of the Bars of the U.S. District Court (Middle and Western Districts of N.C.), U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals and U.S. Supreme Court. From 2004-2007, he served as North Carolina's State Representative to the Defense Research Institute, a nationwide association of corporate and defense counsel with over 21,000 members. From 2007-2010, he served on the DRI Board of Directors representing North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. In December, 2009, he completed a six year term as an officer and member of the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research, a non-profit think tank based in Raleigh, N.C. In January, 2007, he was honored by Business North Carolina magazine as one of North Carolina's Legal Elite in the field of litigation as chosen by his peers. He has also been recognized repeatedly by Charlotte Magazine as one of North Carolina's Super Lawyers. John is peer review rated "A-V" by Martindale Hubbell, is fluent in Spanish and has been a certified Superior Court mediator for over 17 years.

 

Bill Lipscomb


William F. (Bill) Lipscomb, born Reading, Pennsylvania, August 11, 1954; admitted to bar, 1980, North Carolina. Education: Wake Forest University (B.A., 1976; J.D., 1980). Member: Wilkes County and North Carolina Bar Associations and North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys. Bill has had a substantial civil litigation practice for 25 years, primarily in the areas of personal injury/wrongful death claims, insurance (general defense and coverage), construction cases and commercial litigation. He has tried well over 100 jury cases to verdict and practices in the State and Federal Courts throughout northwest North Carolina. While most of his clients are individual and corporate defendants, Bill also represents plaintiffs. Bill serves on the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Association Of Defense Attorneys. He has served on the Board of Directors of Wilkes ADAP (serves adults with developmental disabilities) since 1985. Bill provides pro bono legal services to Wilkes Habitat For Humanity and serves on the Session of North Wilkesboro Presbyterian Church.