John M. Tyson

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John M. Tyson
Judge on the North Carolina Court of Appeals
Assumed office
January 1, 2015
Preceded by Lisa C. Bell
Personal details
Born (1953-07-14) July 14, 1953 (age 63)
Cumberland County, North Carolina
Residence Fayetteville, North Carolina
Alma mater

University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law
Occupation Judge

John Marsh Tyson (born July 14, 1953) is an American jurist and government official, who currently serves as a Judge of the North Carolina Court of Appeals. He also previously served on the court from 2001 to 2009.

Prior to serving on the North Carolina Court of Appeals, Judge Tyson worked at Tyson & Associates, where he practiced landlord-tenant, land use, and real property law, civil litigation and criminal defense. Judge Tyson is a Board Certified Specialist by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization for real property law, business, commercial, and industrial transactions, the only North Carolina judge so certified.

Judge Tyson's more than thirty years of professional experience includes the private practice of law, senior level corporate real estate development and counsel positions, and more than twenty five years as a Professor of Law and author.

Tyson is a member of the North Carolina and Virginia State Bars and a certified mediator and arbitrator. He is a past member of the North Carolina Property Tax Commission and past elected chairman of the Cumberland County Joint Planning Board and the Cumberland Soil and Water Conservation District. Judge Tyson is a frequent CLE presenter and author, and holds an AV-Pre-eminent peer reviewed rating from Martindale Hubbell.

Personal background[edit]

Judge John M. Tyson was born in Cumberland County, North Carolina on July 14, 1953.

Educational background[edit]

Judge Tyson graduated from Terry Sanford High School, in Fayetteville, North Carolina, in 1971. After graduating from high school, Tyson attended University of North Carolina at Wilmington, in Wilmington, North Carolina, and earned his Bachelor of Arts, (B.A.) degree with an English and Secondary Education emphasis, as a member of the Dean's List, in 1974.

He attended Campbell University's Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law, in Buies Creek, North Carolina, and earned his Juris Doctor (J.D.) in 1979, the law school's inaugural class.

In addition, Judge Tyson has earned numerous professional degrees and accreditations. He attended Notre Dame Law School - through the London School of Economic & Political Science, in London, England, during their Summer Program, in 1977. In 1988, he attended Duke University's Fuqua School of Business, in Durham, North Carolina, and earned his Masters of Business Administration, (MBA). In 2001, He attended the New York University School of Law, in New York, for the Appellate Judges' Seminar, during the Summer of 2001. In May 2004, he attended the University of Virginia School of Law, in Charlottesville, Virginia, and earned a Master of Laws in Judicial Process, (LL.M.) degree.

Professional background[edit]

In 2000, Tyson was elected to the North Carolina Court of Appeals. His term began in January 2001. He was defeated for re-election to a second term in 2008. He continued to serve as a recall judge on the Court of Appeals, and as an emergency North Carolina Superior Court judge, and was an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law (Campbell University). Tyson was elected to the Court of Appeals again in November 2014 for a term beginning in January 2015.[1]

Tyson practiced law in Fayetteville from 1993 until 1996 and from 1996 until his election to the Court, with a brief tenure as the Senior Vice President of Development for Blockbuster Entertainment Group in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, in 1996.

He worked as a Real Estate Director and Counsel for Revco Drug Stores, Inc., from 1982 to 1993 and in similar capacities for Family Dollar Stores, Inc., from 1980 to 1982.

He served as a North Carolina Probation/Parole Officer for the North Carolina Department of Correction, from 1975 to 1976. He has also been a public school teacher and deputy sheriff in Cumberland County.

Bar admissions

Professional organizations

  • Certified Arbitrator, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, (FINRA), 2009–present.
  • Certified Appellate Mediator, North Carolina Court of Appeals, 2003–present.
  • Certified United States District Court Mediator (E.D.N.C.), 1993–present;
  • Certified as Mediator by the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts and the Dispute Resolution Commission for North Carolina Superior Court Mediation, 1992–present;
  • American Arbitration Association, member of Panel of Arbitrators, 1991–present;
  • North Carolina Bar Association, 1980–present;
Law School Liaison Committee, 2006–present;
Bench Bar Liaison Committee, 2011-present
Vice President, Board of Governors, 2007–2008;
Family Law Section Council, 2007–2008;
Women in the Profession Committee, 2004–2005;
Minorities in the Profession Committee, 2004–2005;
Membership Committee, 2003–2004;
Technology Advisory Committee, 2001–2003;
  • Development Committee, 1994–1996.
  • Cumberland County Bar Association, 1980–present;
  • North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys, 2002–2008;
  • Wake County Bar Association, 2001–2008;
  • American Bar Association, 1980–1992;
  • North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1979–1980.


Getting Paid, Avoiding Conflicts, and Supervising Staff: Fee Arrangements, Multi-party Representation, and Delegation of Duties, The North Carolina State Bar Journal, 16 No. 2 (Summer, 2011).

  • Automatic Stays and Administrative Expenses: Rights and Remedies Available to Landlords and Tenants in Bankruptcy Law. 31 CAMPBELL L. REV. 413 (Spring, 2009).
  • AShort History of the American Bar Association’s Code of Ethics and Model Rules of Professional Responsibility: 1908-2008, 1 CHARLOTTE L. REV 9 (Fall, 2008).
  • The Attorney’s Ethical Duties to Supervise Law Office Staff, The North Carolina State Bar Journal, 13 No. 1 (Spring, 2008).
  • Presumed Guilty Until Proven Innocent: Using Results of Statistical or Econometric Studies as Evidence, which appears in 10 ST. THOMAS L.REV. 387 (Winter, 1998); cited in 5B Wash. Prac., Evidence Law and Practice Sec 702.55 (4th ed.) and was printed in 2005;
  • Drafting, Interpreting, and Enforcing Commercial and Shopping Center Leases, which appeared in 14 CAMPBELL L.REV. 275 (1992), which was cited, quoted with interpretation, and adopted by the North Carolina Court of Appeals, Pleasant Valley Promenade v. Lechmere, Inc., 120 NC App. 650, 464 S.E.2d 47 (1995); cited and quoted by the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals: Frederick Business Properties Co. v. Peoples DrugStores, Inc., 445 S.E.2d 176, 191 W.Va. 235 (W.Va. May 20, 1994); and by the Tennessee Court of Appeals: BVT Leb. Shopping Ctr., Ltd. v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 1999 Tenn. App. LEXIS 267, 1999 WL 236273 (Tenn. Ct. App. Apr. 23, 1999); Reviewed by Frona M. Powell in 23 Real Est. L.J. 178 (1994);
  • The Philosophy of Negotiation, which appeared in the Retail Leasing Reporter, in May, 1990.;
  • Mean Consolidated Forecasting: A Process to Improve the Accuracy and Sensitivity of Economic Forecasts, which appeared in MBA Forecasts through Duke University on page 107, in 1989;
  • Statutory Standards of Care for North Carolina Health Care Providers, which appeared in 1 CAMPBELL L.REV. 111 (1979), cited, quoted with interpretation adopted by the North Carolina Supreme Court, Wall v. Stout, 310 NC 184, 311 S.E.2d 571 in 1984 and was reviewed by Justice I. Beverly Lake, Sr. and appeared in the Cambell Law Observer in 1980.
  • Panelist at the University of Virginia School of Law Conference on Public Service and the Law and contributed to the article "Judicial Election Campaigns: Free Speech, Public Dollars, and the Role of Judges", which was released on February 12, 2005;
  • "A Judge Salutes Another", a letter to the Editor of The Fayetteville Observer, on October 31, 2005, p. 11A.

Boards and Commissions[edit]

Tyson was most recently appointed to the North Carolina State Ethics Commission by the North Carolina House of Representatives for a three-year term beginning in 2013.[2] He was appointed to the North Carolina Judicial Conference Committee on Compensation and Benefits by the Chief Justice of North Carolina (2002–2008). He was appointed to the North Carolina Property Tax Commission by the Speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives, where he served from 1997 to 1999. He was appointed to the Legislative Research Committee on Private Property Rights by the President Pro Tempore of the North Carolina Senate served in 1995. He was a member of the Legislative Research Committee on Impact Fees, Exactions and Dedications by the President Pro-tem of the Senate in 1994. He was elected to the Cumberland County Soil & Water Conservation District, where he served as Vice Chairman & later Chairman of the Board, and served from 1992 to 1996. He was appointed to the Cumberland County Joint Planning and Zoning Board, where he was elected Vice-Chairman and later Chairman of the Board, and served from 1993 to 2001.

Military service[edit]

He was commissioned as Captain, promoted to Major, Lieutenant Colonel and served as Colonel and Staff Judge Advocate for the North Carolina State Defense Militia, under the command of the Adjutant General of North Carolina from 1987 to 1996, and is currently in inactive reserve. He served as a Colonel and Staff Judge Advocate for the United States Service Command in Division III, (a volunteer non-profit disaster relief organization), from 1999 to 2004.


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