Floyd McKissick Jr.
|Floyd McKissick Jr.|
|Member of the North Carolina Senate|
from the 20th district
Assumed office |
|Preceded by||Jeanne Hopkins Lucas|
November 21, 1952|
Durham, North Carolina
Floyd Bixler McKissick Jr. (born November 21, 1952) is an American attorney and Democratic member of the North Carolina Senate. He was appointed to the Senate by Governor Mike Easley on April 18, 2007 to replace the late Jeanne Hopkins Lucas and was later elected and re-elected in his own right. In 2011, he became Deputy Minority Leader in the Senate and chairman of the North Carolina Legislative Black Caucus.
McKissick is the son of the late civil rights activist Floyd McKissick.
Education and career
McKissick received an A.B. Degree in Geography, from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. He received a master's degree in Regional Planning from UNC-Chapel Hill, and a master's degree in Public Administration, from Harvard University. McKissick received a Juris Doctor Degree from the Duke University School of Law in Durham, North Carolina. McKissick has practiced law since 1983 with a number of law firms, including Dickstein Shapiro in Washington, D.C., and Faison, Brown & Brough in Durham, N.C. McKissick has practiced with McKissick & McKissick since 1990.
McKissick, during the course of his career, has represented Fortune 500 corporations, as well as small businesses, and numerous individuals. He was also certified as a Mediator by the North Carolina Courts in 1995.
He authored an article for the Construction Law Advisor on When An Owner Can Terminate a Construction Contract Due to Delay (1984).
McKissick was disciplined by the N.C. State Bar for professional misconduct involving a conflict of interest. The bar found that McKissick improperly represented both sides in a 2000 dispute involving the estate decisions of an elderly Durham man.
In 1995, McKissick's former wife said he physically abused her, and in 2001 a former employee of his law firm said he hit her with a telephone. He was acquitted in both cases.
Appointment to Senate
At the time of his selection by the Durham Democratic Party to fill the vacancy (due to the death of Jeanne Lucas from breast cancer) in District 20 in the state senate, McKissick was the chairman of the Durham County Democratic Party, which raised questions of a conflict of interest in the selection process.
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- "Civil Litigation". McKissick & McKissick. Retrieved March 13, 2017.
- "Practice Areas". McKissick & McKissick. Retrieved March 13, 2017.
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