John Sarratt has over forty years of experience in a wide-ranging commercial litigation practice, representing every size business from sole proprietors to multi-national corporations. Mr. Sarratt’s practice is in both state and federal courts, at both the trial and appellate levels. Prior to joining Harris Sarratt & Hodges, Mr. Sarratt was a partner at Brooks Pierce, Kilpatrick Stockton, and Kennedy Covington. Mr. Sarratt received his bachelor of arts, with highest honors, in Economics and Political Science from the University of North Carolina in 1969, where he was a Morehead Scholar and Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his J.D., with honors, from Harvard University in 1972. Mr. Sarratt is also a trained arbitrator and certified mediator.
Mr. Sarratt has received numerous recognitions from his peers including Best Lawyers in America in the specialty of commercial litigation, North Carolina Super Lawyers in business litigation and Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite in the areas of both anti-trust and litigation. He has served on the Board of Governors of the North Carolina Bar Association, on the North Carolina General Statutes Commission, on the Board of Directors and as President of Legal Services of North Carolina; and in the community as President of Burning Coal Theatre Company and Senior Warden of St. Marks Episcopal Church. He is an adjunct professor of law at the UNC Law School. He has received awards and recognition of his contribution to the community and his profession from the Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism, Legal Aid of North Carolina, and the North Carolina Bar Association.
Mr. Sarratt is married to Cindy Wittmer, partner in the law firm of Parker Poe. He has four children, none of whom are even thinking of being lawyers.