John advises and represents both employees and employers in employment related legal matters, including employment contracts, severance agreements, non-compete covenants, wage and hour matters, North Carolina Office of State Human Resources (State Personnel) cases, and Family and Medical Leave Act claims.
He is especially experienced in representing state, local and federal public employees.
Success in litigation is a cornerstone of the Firm.
John has tried many cases in the State and Federal Courts of North Carolina, and he has successfully argued numerous cases before the North Carolina Court of Appeals and North Carolina Supreme Court.
He will always work to resolve a case to a client’s satisfaction prior to a trial, but he understands that once you enter the courtroom, there is no substitute for victory.
From his work at the highest levels of State government, John is particularly experienced at dealing with the State agencies and boards that issue and oversee professional licenses. He uses this experience to negotiate on your behalf in an effort to reach a mutually acceptable resolution, but he is also prepared to challenge the State if necessary to prevent a wrongful denial or revocation of a license.
In his over 35 years of law practice, John has served as the Legal Counsel to the Governor of North Carolina and has represented and advised many hundreds of individuals, businesses and local governments throughout North Carolina.
John is a 1981 graduate of Wake Forest University and a 1985 graduate of Wake Forest School of Law. Over the years he has been repeatedly selected as a member of the North Carolina “Legal Elite” in Business North Carolina’s annual survey of legal professionals, including for 2021. He has held the highest Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating for both professional integrity and legal ability since 1995. He has been selected as a North Carolina “Super Lawyer” in the field of Employment Law for 2020 and 2021, and has also been selected for inclusion in U.S. News “Best Lawyers” in the field of Civil Litigation for 2021.
With family roots deep in western North Carolina, John and his family love living in this special part of the world. Active in civic affairs, John helped establish the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area and served as Executive Director of the Education and Research Consortium of the Western Carolinas, Inc. In addition to his service in the Office of the Governor, he was the first General Counsel to the North Carolina Department of Environment, Health and Natural Resources and served as Special Counsel to the North Carolina House of Representatives. He is a former member of the North Carolina State Banking Commission and the Board of the North Carolina Agency for Public Telecommunications. John is a recipient of the North Carolina Order of the Long Leaf Pine.
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John Hunter did a phenomenal job handling my case. He made himself accessible to answer my questions via the phone or in person per my request. His professional abilities and approach made me feel comfortable with his representation and my proceedings. His cross examining skills during the proceeding were superior, which proved paramount to my case. I could not have chosen a more competent or diligent attorney.
I found John very easy to communicate with. He listens and offers suggestions to courses of action. He identified the risks involved. John handled our case professionally and was very responsive to my needs. We won our dispute with his help and coaching.
Mr. Hunter represented me in a settlement agreement with a former partner. I found him to be highly competent, especially insuring my client confidentiality… I appreciated Mr Hunter’s handling of my messy settlement and the professional way he handled confidential documents. I would recommend his services.