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Parker Poe Attorney Inaugural Recipient of Distinguished Service Award

  • April 03, 2009

The Antitrust & Trade Regulation (ATR) Section of the North Carolina Bar Association recently presented John Graybeal with its first-ever Distinguished Service Award.
The Award criteria include high ethical standards, a high level of professional competence, and significant contribution to: “the ATR Section, to scholarship in the fields of antitrust or trade regulation law, and/or to advocacy on behalf of clients, consumers, or the public in the fields of antitrust or trade.”
Catharine Arrowood, who nominated John for the award said, “I cannot think of a better choice for the Section's first Distinguished Service Award.” As a founding member of the ATR Section and its first chair, “It is fair to say that John has made a significant contribution to the Antitrust and Trade Regulation Law Section,” Catharine continued.
“John Graybeal is an antitrust lawyer's antitrust lawyer. Since his days as a trial lawyer in the Antitrust Division of the United States Justice Department, following graduation from Harvard Law School, his practice has focused on antitrust and trade regulation,” said Catharine. “He has extensive experience defending clients involved in federal antitrust grand jury and civil investigations. He also represents clients in connection with mergers and acquisitions under scrutiny by the Antitrust Division of the United States Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission. John is the ‘go-to’ person in North Carolina for antitrust expertise, both domestic and international.”
John is a true scholar. His article on unfair and deceptive trade practices was recently cited in an opinion of the Federal Trade Commission alongside well known antitrust authorities Areeda and Hovenkamp, von Kalinowski, and Posner. And, John has always made time for service to his community. He has volunteered his legal services to the North Carolina Justice Center in Raleigh, served as a member of the Chatham County Planning Board from 1994-2000 and chaired that Board from 1999 to 2000. 

Please click here to read more about the Award presentation from the North Carolina Bar Association.