Attorneys

John S. Arrowood

In January 2009, Judge John Arrowood returned to James, McElroy & Diehl after having served as a Judge on the North Carolina Court of Appeals and as a Superior Court Judge. During his judicial career he authored opinions, dissents and concurrences in over 100 cases and conducted hearings and trials involving a wide range of civil and criminal matters.

Judge Arrowood was born in Burnsville, North Carolina. He holds a Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude, from Catawba College and a Juris Doctor from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After law school he served as a clerk for Judge Gerald Arnold at the North Carolina Court of Appeals, and was a staff attorney and head of the central staff for the Court.

Judge Arrowood initially joined James, McElroy & Diehl in 1989 and for the next 18 years, prior to his appointment to the bench, his practice involved mainly complex commercial litigation in Federal and State Court.

Judge Arrowood is admitted to practice before the North Carolina State Courts and all of the Federal District Courts of North Carolina, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. He is a member of the American Bar Association and the North Carolina Bar Association. In 1989, he was awarded the Outstanding Young Lawyer Award for the Young Lawyer’s Division of the North Carolina Bar Association.

Judge Arrowood has served as a member of the North Carolina Banking Commission, the North Carolina Rules Review Commission, the North Carolina Arts Council, the North Carolina Election Law Review Commission, the North Carolina Attorney General’s Advisory Commission on Statutes and as a member of the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Rail Road.

He has also served on the Board of Trustees of the Mint Museum of Art and the Charlotte Center for Urban Ministries. He is an active member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, currently serving on the Vestry.

Academic Background

  • J.D., University of North Carolina School of Law, 1982
  • B.A., Magna Cum Laude, Catawba College, 1979

Bar & Court Admissions

  • North Carolina State Bar
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina
  • United States District Court, Western District of North Carolina
  • United States District Court, Middle District of North Carolina

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Association

Professional Recognition

  • During his judicial career he authored opinions, dissents and concurrences in over 100 cases and conducted hearings and trials involving a wide range of civil and criminal matters
  • In 1989, he was awarded the Outstanding Young Lawyer Award for the Young Lawyer’s Division of the North Carolina Bar Association