Jonathan L. Megerian

Jonathan L. Megerian

Asheboro, North Carolina

Mr. Megerian has been named to Charlotte Magazine's list of North Carolina Super Lawyers for many years. He has also been included in the Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of DWI/DUI law since 2010. Since 1994, LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell has consisitently recognized Mr. Megerian as an AV Preeminent Attorney, the highest possible rating for leagal ability and ethical conduct.

In September 2018 Mr. Megerian and his law partner Franklin Wells were the joint recipients of the J. Kirk Osborne Award for "fierce advocacy and unwavering commitment" to the defense of men and women facing the death penalty, presented by the North Carolina Center for Death Penalty Litigation

Year Joined Firm

  • 1993

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Defense
  • Personal Injury

Litigation Percentage

  • 95% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • NC Criminal Law, NC Bar, 2001

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina, 1981
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of North Carolina, 2000
  • U.S. District Court Western District of North Carolina, 2003
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of North Carolina, 1982
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1999
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1997


  • University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
    • J.D. - May, 1981
  • Fordham University, New York, NY.
    • B.A. magna cum laude
    • Honors: phi beta kappa
    • Major: English Literature
  • University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    • M.A., Master of Arts - May, 1978
    • Major: English Literature


  • Choosing Jurors Who Will Choose Life: Capital Case Jury Selection, Center for Death Penalty Litigation, October 24, 2016 - October 26, 2016
  • NCATL Death Penalty Seminar, NC Academy of Trial Lawyers, January 11, 2008
  • New Counsel Capital and Violent Felony Training, N. C. Advocates for Justice, December 15, 2010 - December 17, 2010
  • Death Penalty 2011: "Lessons Learned from the Nursing Home Case (State v. Robert Stewart), CDPL: Office of the Capital Defender, January 19, 2012 - January 20, 2012
  • Choosing Juros Who Will Choose Life: Capital Case Jury Selection, CDPL; IDS; Office of Capital Defender, October 22, 2018 - October 24, 2018
  • Choosing Juros Who Will Choose Life: Capital Case Jury Selection, CDPL; IDS; Office of Capital Defender, June 10, 2015 - June 12, 2015

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • N. C. Academy of Trial Lawyers, Board of Governors, 2000 - 2006
  • N. C State Bar, Bar Councilor, 1988 - 1996