John D. Leidy


Phone: (252) 335-0871
Fax: (252) 335-4223
301 East Main Street, Elizabeth City, NC 27909


Jennifer Peoples (Legal Assistant)
Donna Luper (Paralegal)

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John’s practice includes advising a wide variety of private and public employers in all types of employment matters, including representation in litigation and before various agencies such as the EEOC, Department of Labor (U.S. and N.C.), the N.C. Industrial Commission, and the N.C. Office of Administrative Hearings. John also advises local government and municipalities on various other issues, including zoning, statutory compliance, housing and civil rights issues. John also practices education law and provides guidance to local school boards and higher education institutions on civil rights, student discipline, accommodations and policy issues.  John has presented on multiple topics at continuing legal education conferences and our clients’ professional develop and training programs.


  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (J.D., 1987)
    • North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation, Staff Member
  • Denison University (B.A., 1984)

Bar & Affiliations

  • North Carolina State Bar
  • United States District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of North Carolina and Northern District of Texas
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fourth and Fifth Circuits
  • North Carolina Bar Association
    • Education Law Section (Section Council 2005-6, 2011 – ; Chair, 2018)
    • Labor and Employment Litigation Section (Section Council 2003-5, 2007-9)
    • Antitrust and Trade Regulations Section
  • American Bar Association
    • Litigation Section
    • Labor and Employment Law Section
    • Torts and Insurance Practice Section
  • Defense Research Institute
  • North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys.
  • North Carolina Association of Community College Attorneys (Charter member; Chair, 2011)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Southern Association for Colleges and Schools, Commission on Compliance (“SACS COC”) (2016-2018); special reader 2019
  • U.S. District Court, E.D.N.C. Local rules Committee, (2018– )