Wilton Russell (Rusty) Duke, Jr. was born August 28, 1947 in Louisburg, North Carolina. Serving Of Counsel to the firm, Rusty is engaged in a broad criminal and civil litigation practice.
Rusty earned his undergraduate degree in history from Wake Forest University in 1970 and his law degree from Wake Forest University School of Law in 1974. He served as a law clerk to the Honorable John D. Larkins, Jr., United States District Court Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina.
Rusty served as the Senior Resident Superior Court Judge of Pitt County, North Carolina for over 23 years, from January 1, 1993 until February 29, 2016. He served as a Resident Superior Court Judge for 2 years in 1991-1992. He served as a District Court Judge of Pitt, Craven, Carteret and Pamlico Counties from 1988-1990. Rusty practiced law as a general practitioner for 12 years, 1976–1988, prior to being elected as a judge of the District Court.
Rusty is a member of the North Carolina State Bar and is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in the State of North Carolina. He is a member of the Senior Division of the North Carolina Bar Association. He is a past Vice President of the North Carolina Superior Court Judges Conference and a former member of the Continuing Judicial Education Committee of the Judges Conference. He is a former member of the Advisory Budget Committee of the Administrative Office of the Courts. He is a former member of the United States 4th Circuit Judicial Conference.
Rusty is a former Mayor of the Town of Farmville. He is a former trustee of Meredith College and a former committee member of Young Life of Greenville Pitt County. He is currently a member of the Greenville Rotary Club and the East Carolina Council of the Boy Scouts of America and was a recipient of the Council's Distinguished Citizen's Award in 2014.