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John W. Ormand III

Wells Fargo Capitol Center, Suite 1700, 150 Fayetteville Street, P.O. Box 1800 Raleigh, North Carolina 27602
Firm: Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard LLP
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Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard LLP

Years In Practice

Phone Number (919) 828-5875

An accomplished trial lawyer and problem solver, John Ormand handles an array of litigation matters affecting businesses, professionals, and other individuals in state and federal courts and before arbitration panels, administrative tribunals and state agencies.

John has litigated business disputes involving all sorts of contract, tort, equitable, and statutory claims or defenses throughout his more than three decades with Brooks Pierce. He also routinely advises clients about how to avoid or limit problems and disputes. John has successfully tried cases on behalf of employers involving contentions of wrongful termination, discrimination, retaliation (including alleged REDA violations), as well as various other employment torts such as tortious interference with contract. He has also successfully litigated federal claims involving purported violations under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Title VII and section 1981, among others.  

John has successfully tried numerous personal injury or wrongful claims to a verdict, on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants. He has handled jury trials involving such claims in each of the six largest cities in North Carolina, among other locations.

John has also successfully arbitrated personal injury matters, and successfully litigated workers compensation claims for both injured employees and self-insured employers. His experience with OSHA regulations, and his regular handling of employment and construction litigation, complements and informs his personal injury practice.

The personal injury or wrongful death claims John has tried or otherwise litigated have involved many different common-law and statutory causes of action – including, for example, the Federal Employers Act (FELA) and the Safety Appliance Act (SAA) – and have involved accidents or incidents occurring in many different contexts, including construction defects, defective products, automobile and train collisions, and various industrial or other workplace accidents.

He frequently advises clients about their rights and obligations under various types of insurance policies. John also litigates, where advisable, coverage disputes. He has handled such disputes or issues arising under numerous kinds of policies including general liability, commercial property, homeowners, automobile, professional liability, employment practices liability (EPL), as well as certain specialty polices.

John’s involvement in insurance coverage litigation began as an outgrowth of his personal injury and business litigation practices. By virtue of the knowledge and experience gained from these related practice areas, he is able to litigate the underlying lawsuit as well as, when appropriate, any resulting or subsequent action involving insurance coverage for that underlying case.

John also has successfully handled a number of disputes between businesses and their workers compensation insurers, particularly involving “retroactive premiums” and issues concerning whether the insurer properly handled the underlying compensation claim.

What legal services does this lawyer offer?
  • Recognized as a "Litigation Star" by Benchmark Litigation for General Commercial (2019); Personal Injury (2015-2017); and Labor and Employment (2015-2022)
  • Recognized in North Carolina Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters) in Business Litigation (2013-2022)
  • Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Recognized in Super Lawyers Business Edition for Business Litigation (2015)
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, J.D.
Graduated 1987
Wake Forest University, B.A.
Graduated 1984
Contact Details and Office Locations
Wells Fargo Capitol Center, Suite 1700, 150 Fayetteville Street, P.O. Box 1800
Raleigh, North Carolina 27602
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