John Gresham began his law practice in Charlotte in 1976 following two years of service as a law clerk for United States District Court Judge James B. McMillan in Charlotte. Gresham, as he is known to both colleagues and clients, was a partner with Ferguson Stein Chambers Gresham & Sumter until joining Tin Fulton Walker & Owen in 2011. Gresham’s practice focuses on employment and labor litigation, public employee rights, constitutional law, personal injury, and general civil litigation. Gresham has devoted a significant part of his career representing public school teachers and UNC employees. He has been listed in Best Lawyers in America for a decade in the areas of First Amendment and employment litigation, and as a Super Lawyer and Legal Elite by Business North Carolina in employment litigation and labor law. He continues to hold the AV®Preeminent rating from Martindale–Hubbell, first awarded over twenty years ago.
Gresham 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.
Well known for his trial skills, Gresham has also argued and won influential appellate cases in the areas of constitutional rights and labor relations. For example, in Corum v. University of North Carolina, the North Carolina Supreme Court found that an individual remedy exists under the North Carolina State Constitution for a violation of state constitutional rights. In Reed v. United Transportation Union, the United States Supreme Court expanded the time period in which union members could sue for violation of their rights.
Gresham has served as President of the Mecklenburg County Bar Foundation and as a member of the Mecklenburg County Bar Board of Directors. He has served on numerous bar committees, including the Appellate Rules Study Committee and the Mecklenburg County Grievance Committee. Gresham has also served as Vice Chairman of the North Carolina Bar Association’s Education Law Section, and received that Section’s Distinguished Service Award in 2006.
Outside of his practice, Gresham has served as the president of the Dilworth Community Development Association, as a member of the Board of Dance Charlotte, and as a board member for the Council for Children’s Rights. For a number of years he also coached teams in Dilworth Little League and Charlotte Junior Soccer.
Boston University, J.D. 1974
Davidson College, A.B. 1967
U.S. District Court, Western District of North Carolina
U.S. District Court, Middle District of North Carolina
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina
U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
Personal & Catastrophic Injury
Civil Rights & Constitutional Law
Employment & Labor
AV® Preeminent Rating from Martindale–Hubbell
Best Lawyers in America (1995-Present)
Super Lawyers (2006-Present)
Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite
The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers
Distinguished Service Award from the Education Law Section, May 2006
Bigelow Prize, Boston College Law School
Employment Law & Civil Rights Litigation, Vermont Law School
Employment Law & Civil Rights Litigation, Campbell Law School
Mecklenburg County Bar
North Carolina Advocates for Justice
North Carolina Bar Association
Past President, Mecklenburg County Bar Foundation
Past Member, Mecklenburg County Bar Board of Directors
Past Vice Chairman, North Carolina Bar Association Education Law Section Council
Past Member, North Carolina Appellate Rules Study Committee
Past Member, Mecklenburg County Grievance Committee
Past President, Dilworth Community Development Association
Past Member, Board of Dance Charlotte
Past Member, Council for Children’s Rights