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Jonathan L. Megerian

Jonathan L. Megerian

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Practice Areas

  • Criminal Defense
  • Personal Injury


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 consistently recognized Mr. Megerian as an AV Preeminent Attorney, the highest possible rating for legal 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.


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

Bar Admission

  • 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

Certified Legal Specialties

  • NC Criminal Law, NC Bar, 2001


  • Given for excellence in capital defense., J. Kirk Osborn Award, N. C. Center for Death Penalty Litigation, 2018- Present

Professional Associations

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

Classes & Seminars

  • Choosing Jurors Who Will Choose Life: Capital Case Jury Selection, Center for Death Penalty Litigation, 10/24/2016 to 10/26/2016
  • NCATL Death Penalty Seminar, NC Academy of Trial Lawyers, 01/11/2008 to 01/11/2008
  • New Counsel Capital and Violent Felony Training, N. C. Advocates for Justice, 12/15/2010 to 12/17/2010
  • Death Penalty 2011: "Lessons Learned from the Nursing Home Case (State v. Robert Stewart), CDPL: Office of the Capital Defender, 01/19/2012 to 01/20/2012
  • Choosing Juros Who Will Choose Life: Capital Case Jury Selection, CDPL; IDS; Office of Capital Defender, 10/22/2018 to 10/24/2018
  • Choosing Juros Who Will Choose Life: Capital Case Jury Selection, CDPL; IDS; Office of Capital Defender, 06/10/2015 to 06/12/2015

Current Employment Position

  • Partner