John is originally from rural Moore County, N.C., and was raised on a family farm. He attended North Carolina State University, receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science in 1978. He then attended the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University and graduated in 1981, and was admitted to the North Carolina State Bar that year.
John is licensed to practice before all North Carolina State Courts. He is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association, the 3B Judicial District Bar Association and was a past president of the Carteret County Bar Association.
John is located in the firm’s Morehead City office, having practiced there since 1984, with the last 26 years as the managing partner of his own firm known as Harris Law Firm. John’s practice is concentrated in the areas of residential and commercial real estate development and closings, foreclosures, business law and simple wills and estate matters. In 1995, John was certified as a Board Certified Specialist in real property law-residential transactions by the North Carolina State Board of Legal Specialization.
John has been an active leader in various professional organizations. He served on the North Carolina Bar Association Real Property Section Council, and was elected and served as Chairman of the Real Property Section from 2004-2005. In previous years, he was a founding member of the North Carolina State Bar Paralegal Certification Committee, which developed and implemented the procedure to certify paralegals in NC and he is currently a board member of the North Carolina State Bar Real Estate Specialization Committee.
John has spoken at various educational events for real estate attorneys and real estate agents.
Locally, John is a member of First United Methodist Church and past president of the Morehead City Rotary Club. John, along with several other local businessmen, formed Sound Bank, a local community Bank which opened in 2001 and which grew to serve much of Eastern North Carolina. He served as a director of the bank from its inception until it was sold in 2018.
In his free time John enjoys saltwater fishing, boating to the Cape and golf.