For over 30 years, our partner, John Sarratt, has been an active volunteer in professional and community activities. In the past, he has served as President of Legal Services of North Carolina (now Legal Aid of North Carolina), which is the organization that provides basic legal services to North Carolinians who cannot afford to hire a lawyer. He has also served on the Boards of Directors of the North Carolina Bar Association, Wake County Bar Association and Greensboro Bar Association (which is where he started his career in 1972).
More recently, John has received recognition from the Chief Justices’ Commission on Professionalism for “meritorious and extraordinary service … by providing sound and consistent leadership, guidance and personal assistance to countless attorneys, judges and legal personnel.” This year he was recognized by Legal Aid of North Carolina for “singlehandedly raising over $1,000,000 for Legal Aid of North Carolina.” In January, John will be awarded the CLE Volunteer of the Year award by the North Carolina Bar Association for his “exceptional dedication and service” in speaking to groups of lawyers as part of the continuing legal education required of each lawyer. Over the years, John has made CLE presentations to well over 50 groups of lawyers across the state.
John has also volunteered his time and energy outside the legal community, serving among other roles as President of Burning Coal Theatre Company in Raleigh, and as Senior Warden of his church, St. Mark’s Episcopal.
John’s efforts over the years to improve the quality of legal services provided by all lawyers, and his commitment to public service, is a reflection of the values and priorities of Harris, Winfield, Sarratt & Hodges, where our motivation comes from a desire not only to achieve the best results for our clients, but also to uphold the highest standards of the legal profession.