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John Shaw

Of Counsel
t: 919.783.2809

John is a certified mediator and devotes a significant amount of his practice to helping litigants resolve their cases through mediation.


John represents lenders, owners, general contractors, architects, engineers, subcontractors, suppliers, and manufacturers in public projects (commercial, institutional, and industrial) ranging in value from $50,000 to $50,000,000.

He also handles disputes relating to change orders, delays, surety bond claims, and mechanic’s lien issues. Additionally, he represents vendors and users in connection with the procurement of computer hardware and software.

Areas of Focus

+Mediation & Arbitration

He has been on the American Arbitration Association’s panel of arbitrators since 1988 and is certified as a “Master Arbitrator” by the American Arbitration Association.



City of Gastonia v. Balfour Beatty Construction Corporation, Inc., American Home Assurance Company, and Federal Insurance Company, 222 F. Supp. 2d 771 (U.S. Dist. 2002) – Obtained favorable settlement for Owner against Contractor for the recovery due to delay and defective work on a project for the expansion of a waste-water treatment plant.




University of North Carolina, JD, 1969

University of North Carolina, BS, 1966


+Notable Accomplishments

Recipient of the Evelyn M. Coman Award for Distinguished Service in the Field of Construction Law, 2005

Ranked among Super Lawyers magazine’s Top 100 North Carolina “Super Lawyers” 2007, 2009-2012; Construction, 2006-2015; Surety, 2015 and 2018-2019

Named as Best Lawyers’ 2016 “Lawyer of the Year” for Litigation/Construction in the Raleigh area and in 2014 for Construction

Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America for Construction, 2006-2017; Litigation-Construction, 2013-2017

Recognized in Business North Carolina Magazine’s “Legal Elite”, Construction Law, 2006 and is listed in the Legal Elite Hall of Fame

Certified as “Master Arbitrator” by the American Arbitration Association, 1995

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