John M. Cross , Jr. - Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard LLP

John M. Cross , Jr.

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2012

John Cross's practice is concentrated in corporate, mergers and acquisitions, and securities and franchise law. He works with individuals and businesses in all sizes of corporate and transactional matters, including mergers, stock and asset acquisitions, and corporate reorganizations. John's practice also includes commercial real estate, Hart-Scott Rodino compliance, and tax exempt and charitable organizations. He often advises corporate or unincorporated associations as to management, reorganization and finance issues, as well as disputes among business owners. He has represented several public corporations as they de-registered from further compliance with the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.  

Honors & Awards

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Corporate Law, Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships), and Closely Held Companies and Family Business Law
  • Recognized as "Legal Elite" in Business Law and Corporate Law, Business North Carolina magazine
  • Recognized in North Carolina Super Lawyers for Business/Corporate Law and as a "Rising Star" in Business/Corporate Law (2009-2010)
  • Received ABA Young Lawyer Division Award for Achievement & Outstanding Activities and Accomplishment (1999-2000)

Professional & Community Activities

  • Board of Trustees, Cone Health Foundation 
  • Chairman, Board of Directors, The National Conference for Community and Justice of the Piedmont Triad
  • Chairman, Board of Directors, Re-Design Committee Chair, United Way of Greater Greensboro
  • Past Chairman, Board of Trustees and Executive Committee, Greensboro Children's Museum
  • Chair, Board of Adjustments, City of Greensboro (2003-2009)
  • Board of Directors, Victory Junction Gang Camp, an affiliate of Paul Newman's Hole in the Wall Gang Camps for seriously ill children (1999-2006)
  • Member, Steering Committee, and Past Grantmaking Committee Chair, The Future Fund, Greater Greensboro Community Foundation
  • Graduate, Leadership Greensboro, Greensboro Area Chamber of Commerce (2002)
  • Corporate Campaign Coordinator, United Way of Greater Greensboro, Coordinator of the Year nominee, Leading the Way and Silver Awards (2002)
  • Member, American Bar Association, North Carolina Bar Association and Greensboro Bar Association
  • Member, Business & Real Property Divisions, North Carolina Bar Association and American Bar Association
  • Past President (1999-2000), Board Member (1997-2001), Young Lawyers Section, Greensboro Bar Association, Received ABA Young Lawyer Division Award for Achievement & Outstanding Activities and Accomplishment (1999-2000)
  • Former Guardian Ad Litem and Guilford County Schools Lunch Buddy (1998-2001)


The University of North Carolina at Chapel HillBS 1992University of North Carolina School of LawJ.D. 1995

Office Location

Renaissance Plaza, Suite 2000
230 North Elm Street
P.O. Box 26000
Greensboro, NC 27420
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) of the Greensboro Metro Area
John M. Cross, Jr. has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!

Practice Areas

Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law
Corporate Law
Mergers and Acquisitions Law