Jonathan Wallas, a native of Charlotte, North Carolina, is a graduate of Myers Park High School, Duke University and Columbia University School of Law, where he was the Writing and Research Editor of the Columbia Journal of Law and Social Problems. Following graduation from Law School in June 1970, Jon served as the law clerk for the Honorable James B. McMillan, United States District Judge, Western District of North Carolina, from August 1970 to August 1971.
Beginning in 1971 and extending to the present (with a few brief interruptions), Jon has practiced law with the firm. Beginning in January 2004, Jon, a certified North Carolina Superior Court mediator and a NASD mediator, assumed “Of Counsel” status with the firm where he continues to handle legal matters as well as participate as a mediator and arbitrator.
During his career, Jon’s practice has primarily involved criminal and civil litigation with an emphasis in civil rights litigation, especially in the area of employment discrimination. He has tried numerous employment discrimination cases, including many class actions, in federal courts. In the 1970s, he participated in a number of felony jury trials including two capital cases. His trial experience also includes First Amendment cases, personal injury and medical malpractice cases, bankruptcy litigation and business and contract matters. He previously represented the Resolution Trust Corporation in numerous matters including professional liability litigation. Although Jon has primarily represented employees in labor and civil rights matters, he has also represented employers in such cases. He currently represents a major Southeastern company that supplies security guards and other security services.
Jon has both argued and assisted in preparation of briefs in the United States Supreme Court, the United States Courts of Appeals in the Fourth, Fifth and Seventh Circuits, in all of the United States District Courts in North Carolina and South Carolina, in all levels of North Carolina state courts, and in various courts in other states. Jon has taught classes in civil rights litigation at Columbia University Law School and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He has also lectured on employment discrimination litigation and related matters at various seminars. Jon has been consistently listed in Smith and Naifeh's The Best Lawyers in America as one of the “best” labor lawyers in the country.