John W. Gresham - Tin Fulton Walker & Owen

John W. Gresham

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1995

    · Served as a law clerk for United States District Court Judge James B. McMillan in Charlotte; partner in the firm of Ferguson Stein Chambers Gresham & Sumter, PA, until retirerment in 2010 and partner Tin, Fulton Walker and Owen 2011-present

     ·  Practice areas are employment litigation and negotiation, public employee rights, constitutional law, general civil litigation, appellate practice, and personal injury.

     ·  Recognized by his peers for his work in employment and civil rights litigation and has been listed in Best Lawyers in America for over a decade in the areas of First Amendment and employment litigation. He has been annually recognized by his peers as a Super Lawyer in employment litigation for plaintiffs, as well as a member of the Legal Elite by Business North Carolina and holds the AV Martindale–Hubbell rating first awarded over twenty years ago. 

    ·  Graduated from Davidson College and Boston University School of Law, where he won the Bigelow Prize for greatest potential for scholarship and teaching, and published a note in the Boston University Law Review on the employment rights of veterans. He has taught employment law and civil rights litigation at the Vermont Law School and Campbell Law School. 

    ·   Noted cases include Corum v. University of North Carolina, where the North Carolina Supreme Court found that an individual remedy exists under the North Carolina State Constitution for a violation of state constitutional rights and Reed v. United Transportation Union in the United States Supreme Court, where, by an 8-1 decision, the Supreme Court expanded the time period in which union members could sue for violation of their rights.

     ·  Received the Distinguished Service Award from the Education Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association and  has served on numerous bar committees including the Appellate Rules Study Committee and the Mecklenburg County Grievance Committee.

 Bar Admissions: North Carolina, 1975 U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1975 U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit, 1975 U.S. District Court Eastern District of North Carolina, 1976 U.S. District Court Western District of North Carolina, 1975 U.S. District Court Middle District of North Carolina, 1977 U.S. Supreme Court, 1987

Davidson CollegeAB 1967Boston University School of LawJ.D. 2004
Advocates for Justice

Case History

Reed v. United Transportation Union, 488 U.S. 319 — Decided split in the Circuits regarding s/l for LMRDA claims adopting the state general or residual personal injury s/l
Corum v University of North Carolina, 330 N.C. 761 — Established private right of action under the North Carolina Constitution
Vanderburg v. NCDOR, 168 NC App 598 — Established the right of a probationary state employee to contests termination that constituted religious discrimination

Office Location

301 East Park Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28203
United States


Practice Areas

Litigation - First Amendment
Litigation - Labor and Employment