John E. Bugg


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John has enjoyed and endured more than forty years of litigation experience beginning with a variety of criminal and civil cases.  Construction litigation has always dominated his litigation agenda, however, and for the last twenty-five years, his practice has been almost exclusively focused on this area of practice with an occasional foray into other areas of the law if the calling should be irresistible.

Johnny has enjoyed an AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell since 1985 in recognition of his high level of legal ability while maintaining high adherence to the professional standards of conduct, ethics, reliability and diligence.  He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in construction law, and he has been recognized by his peers every year since 2004 by Business North Carolina magazine as a member of North Carolina’s Legal Elite in construction law.  He has also been named by his peers as one of North Carolina’s Super Lawyers in construction/surety law, Law & Politics magazine every year since its first publication in North Carolina in 2006.



Practice Areas

Construction / Survey Law

Commercial Law

Government Contracts

Certified Legal Specialties

Certified Mediator, North Carolina Dispute Resolution Committee, 1994

AAA Commercial Panel of Arbitrators, 1979

Certified Mediator, U.S. District Court, Middle District of North Carolina, 1994

Professional Association Affiliations and Memberships

North Carolina Bar Association, Construction Law Section, Member

Durham City Council, Elected Alderman-at-Large, 1971 – 1975

Honors and Awards

Order of the Coif

Best Lawyers in America, Construction Law

North Carolina Legal Elite, Construction Law, Business North Carolina, 2004 – Present

Super Lawyers, Construction/Surety Law, Law & Politics, 2006 – Present


North Carolina, 1970




U.S. District Court Eastern District of North Carolina

U.S. District Court Middle District of North Carolina

U.S. District Court Western District of North Carolina

U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit

University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill, North Carolina




Juris Doctorate – 1970

Honors: Order of the Coif

Law Review: University of North Carolina, Staff Writer, 1969 – 1970

Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, USA

A.B. – 1966

Major: Economics