C. Colon Willoughby


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  • Campbell University, JD, 1979
  • East Carolina University, MBA, 1975
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, BS, Business Administration, 1973
  • North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina

Vice President, North Carolina State Bar, 2017-

President, Wake County Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1984-1985

Director, Wake County Bar Association, 2010-2012

Member, North Carolina State Bar Disciplinary Hearing Commission, 2007-2012

Member, North Carolina State Bar Council

President, North Carolina Conference of District Attorneys, 1992-1993

Former member, Board of Directors, National District Attorney’s Association

Colon focuses his practice on government, regulatory, and criminal investigations. More specifically, he concentrates on an array of investigative and enforcement matters including state Attorney General investigations, Civil Investigative Demands, False Claims Act, state and federal Legislative Branch inquiries, and grand jury requests. Prior to joining McGuireWoods, he worked as a mortgage banker, as a business faculty member at Peace College, was in private practice for 7 years and served as the Elected District Attorney in North Carolina’s state capital for 27 years.

One of North Carolina’s longest serving prosecutors, Colon’s litigation and investigation experience handling cases involving patterns and practices of corruption and misconduct allows him to provide valued and trusted counsel to his clients who find themselves subject to civil or criminal actions by various federal, state, and administrative entities. Colon was a member of two legislative study commissions reviewing law enforcement issues and insanity verdicts, and has served on the Governor’s Task Force on Racial and Religious Violence. In addition, he is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers.

In other professional activities, he is past president of the Wake County Academy of Trial Lawyers, past director of the Wake County Bar Association past president of North Carolina Conference of District Attorneys and former member of the Board of Directors of the National District Attorney’s Association. Currently, he serves as vice president of the N.C. State Bar.

Colon's dedication to success is equally evident in both his professional career and in his community involvement. He served on the Board of Governors of Summit House, Inc., as director of Artspace, Inc., as a member of the Raleigh Rotary Club, on the Triangle YMCA Board of Directors, and on the Board of Directors for NCLEAF. He also is an active member of White Memorial Presbyterian Church, where he serves as an Elder.

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Order of the Long Leaf Pine

Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers

Named to "North Carolina Super Lawyers," Criminal Defense, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2016-2017

Peter Gilchrist Award, North Carolina Bar Association 2011

Joseph Branch Professionalism Award, Wake County Bar Association 2010

James Iredell Professionalism Award, Campbell Law School 2007

Co-chair, Healthcare Litigation Conference, McGuireWoods LLP, August 14, 2014