Meet Our President & Managing Partner
John D. Loftin, Ph.D., J.D.
John is a third generation North Carolina lawyer whose family has cumulatively practiced law in “The Old North State” for more than 100 years.
In the 25 years of his practice of law, John has secured numerous multi-million dollar results for his clients on a variety of legal issues, argued successfully in both state and federal appellate courts, and been involved in the shaping of modern North Carolina legal precedent. Upon hearing John argue a case in a Federal Court of Appeals, a retired justice from the North Carolina Supreme Court once remarked: “That was the finest oral argument I have ever heard.”
The namesake and oldest grandson of the late federal Judge John D. Larkins, Jr., John did graduate work at Harvard Divinity School before taking a PhD in religion from Duke University. He has published a number of scholarly articles and two books related to American Indian religion and the history of world religions. He is currently working on his third book: a history of Cherokee religion.
In addition to practicing law full-time, John currently teaches Federal Indian Law at the University of North Carolina School of Law. John married his lovely wife, Sarah, in May 2007. Sarah, like John, is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she majored in English. She took a master’s degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Summa Cum Laude in 2011. A veteran educator, she is currently teaching language arts at Turrentine Middle School.
John has one son, John II, who married his wife, Patricia, in 2014. They both work for Duke University School of Medicine. Sarah has two sons, Josh, a chef, and Jeff, a skilled automotive mechanic. Jeff is married to Amber, who teaches eighth grade English at Orange Charter School. Josh is engaged to be married to Alaskan-native Rose Thompson and they have one daughter (the first grandchild of John and Sarah) Charlie Grace, who turned one year old in January 2016.
- Personal Injury
- Civil Litigation
- Family Law
- U.S. Supreme Court
- U.S. District Court, Western District of North Carolina
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
- The Cherokee Supreme Court (EBCI)
- North Carolina State Bar
- North Carolina Bar Association
- North Carolina Advocates for Justice
- 15-B Judicial District (Orange County)
- Cherokee Bar (EBCI)
Speaking Engagements & Publications:
- Adjunct Professor, UNC School of Law 2013-Present (“Federal Indian Law”)
- Book: Religion and Hopi Life, Second Edition (Indiana University Press, 2003)
- Book: The Big Picture: A Short History of World Religions (McFarland & Co., 1999)
- Book: Religion and Hopi Life in the Twentieth Century (Indiana University Press, 1994)
- University of North Carolina, J.D., 1989
- Duke University, Ph.D., 1983
- Harvard Divinity School 1977–78
- University of North Carolina, A.B. 1977
- East Carolina University 1973–75