Respectful, welcoming and patient are three words used to describe John Narron as an attorney and as a colleague. These admirable traits, along with years of hard work and dedication, have allowed John to become a well-known and respected litigator, mediator and local leader, making a significant impact on his clients and his community.

A Wake County native, John Narron grew up in Wendell and received his B.A. from East Carolina University in 1974 and earned his J.D. from the University of Mississippi in 1977.  He has been practicing law in North Carolina since 1977, and has been a partner with the Raleigh-based law firm of Smith Debnam since 1987.  He is head of the firm’s family law practice and plays an active role in the management of the firm.

John’s practice consists of litigation, arbitration, mediation and business transactions. Since beginning his career, John has provided advice and litigation services to clients in central and eastern North Carolina in all manner of civil disputes frequently involving equitable distribution proceedings, alimony trials, will caveats, employment disputes, personal injury trials and negotiations, and a wide variety of commercial business disputes. He has also represented various businesses providing advice on real estate issues, employment issues, and merger issues.

John has served as a mediator in more than 250 family law disputes throughout the Triangle, assisting clients and their attorneys in reaching a resolution to their disputes without the need for a trial.

It takes a special person to effectively deal with the delicate issues surrounding family law on a daily basis.  John’s sensible and caring approach, along with his genuine concern for each client, has allowed him to stand among the best in his profession. In 1989, John was a member of the first group of 31 lawyers in North Carolina to be recognized as a Board Certified Family Law Specialist by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization. He has also repeatedly been recognized as a North Carolina Super Lawyer, as well as included in the Best Lawyers in America list.

John continues to dedicate his time to expand his knowledge and educate others on family law issues as a frequent speaker at seminars throughout the state.

Get to know John

What do you enjoy most about your job?

“I love what I do because it gives me a chance to help people in their worst emotional and financial situation.  According to psychologists, divorce is the second most stressful life event that an individual can experience behind losing a child.  I see my job as an opportunity to assist a client’s recovery from this most stressful event.  As an attorney, I can’t do it all, but I can help point clients in the right direction. “

When did you know you wanted to be a lawyer?

“I have wanted to become a lawyer for as long as I can remember, and I can’t really tell you why.  My mom told me that my second-grade teacher asked each member of the class what they wanted to be when they grew up, and I responded, “’I want to be a lawyer.’”

What was your very first job?

“Since I was a young child, I helped out at my dad’s hardware store.  I also have fond memories of barning tobacco every summer from the time I was ten years old.”

If you weren’t a lawyer, what would you be?

“I would be a full-time farmer. It’s in my blood.  My grandfather and father were both farmers, and I get great satisfaction from sitting back and actually seeing the fruits of a day’s labor. I also love to be outdoors in all seasons and weather, except 100-degree days in August.”

 

Admissions
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • Mississippi State Bar
Education
  • J.D., University of Mississippi, 1977
  • B.A., East Carolina University, 1974
Certifications
  • Board Certified Family Law Specialist by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization, 1989; Renewed by peer review in 1995, 2000, 2005, and 2010
  • Advanced Divorce Mediation Training, Atlanta Divorce Mediators, Inc., Faulkner University, Jones School of Law, Montgomery, Alabama, October 2004
Professional Affiliations
  • North Carolina Bar Association; Chairman, Family Law Council, 2006-2007; Vice-Chairman, Family Law Council, 2005-2006; Family Law Council Member, 2002-2005; Legislative Affairs Committee,2002-2004
  • NC Advocates for Justice
  • Tenth Judicial District Bar; Grievance Committee, 1996-1999
  • Wake County Bar Association; Family Court Advisory Committee, 2007-2010
  • Family Court Advisory Committee, 2009-2011
  • Primerus International Society of Law Firms, Family Law Practice Group
Awards & Recognition Civic Involvement
  • Planning board of the Town of Wendell; Chairman, 1978
  • Wendell Lions Club; President, 1982-1983
  • SouthLight, Inc.; Chairman of the Board of Directors, 1997-1998
  • Board of Adjustment, Town of Wendell; Chairman, 2009, 2010
  • Wake County Historical Preservation Commission; Board Member, 2009-2011
  • Capital Area Preservation Commission, Board Member, 2008-2010
Published Articles
  • What is a Will Caveat and How Can it be Avoided?, Legal Insights, November 2006
  • Beware of Interference With A Marriage Under North Carolina Law, Legal Insights, May 2007
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