John N. (Nick) Fountain has assisted clients in more than 80 of the 100 courthouses in North Carolina and before dozens of the numerous boards and commissions in Raleigh. He has addressed complaints and handled hearings for professionals at risk before the Real Estate Commission, the Banking Commission, the CPA Examiners, N.C. Medical Board, the Dental Examiners, the Psychology Board and others. He is General Counsel to the State Board of Examiners of Plumbing, Heating and Fire Sprinkler Contractors and to the Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors. His experience includes cases with the State Revenue Department and Purchase and Contract matters.
In addition to licensing boards and administrative law matters, Nick has assisted clients in solving business acquisition and shareholder disputes, real estate disputes including boundaries, condemnation, zoning, and restrictive covenants, estate problems and will caveats. Nick is a N.C. Dispute Resolution Commission certified mediator in Superior Court and in the Office of Administrative Hearings. His varied practice and contacts with numerous lawyers have given him wide recognition and use as a mediator, particularly in business and healthcare matters, including mediation of Certificate of Need (CON) and licensure. Nick has been involved in more than 40 reported decisions in the North Carolina Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, the Business Court, U.S. District Court and the Fourth Circuit. He has an AV Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell.
Nick heads one of the Business/Administrative practice teams within the firm and is a past member of our Practice Management Committee. He has served as President of the Wake County and 10th district Bar, on the Board of Governors of the North Carolina Bar Association, as a Bar Councilor of the State Bar, and as president of the Raleigh Kiwanis Club. He has received multiple awards for Bar leadership and historic preservation. After graduating from Duke University and receiving his law degree from Wake Forest University, Nick was honored to have begun his practice with a clerkship with Judge (later Justice) David M. Britt.