Greensboro, N.C. – Smith Moore Leatherwood attorney Neale Johnson recently completed his mediation certification through the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission (DRC). Johnson is now eligible to conduct Superior Court mediated settlement conferences.
As a mediator, Johnson will serve as an impartial third party who assists disputing parties to try and improve communication and come to an acceptable agreement that brings closure to the disputed matter. DRC certification has become particularly important since a 2006 Supreme Court rule change requiring DRC certification of mediators in all Superior Court matters. Prior to the change, a non-certified mediator could be selected, provided the parties agree on the selected mediator.
Johnson's practice centers on commercial litigation, with a focus on construction, contract, real estate, title insurance, and landlord-tenant matters. Johnson prosecutes and defends construction claims in state and federal court and before arbitration panels, including those constituted under the Construction Rules of the American Arbitration Association and other arbitration panels. He is an active member of the Construction Section of the North Carolina Bar Association and the American Bar Association's Forum on the Construction Industry.
Johnson earned his B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of North Carolina and his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.
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